Feb 22, 2013

Crystal Drop Pendants Tutorial

I know these pendants aren't a new thing.  The square, glass tile version has been around for a long time.  I've seen them online.  I've seen them at craft shows and farmer markets too.  They are cute.  I've seen them but I've never made them.  Why do what every one else has already done?  However, last week I had a change of heart when I found these at Joann's.  

They were different - they weren't square and they aren't glass.  Plus, they were on sale.  Perfect!

Here's a closer look at them.  I love that they already have the hardware in them and that there are 8 in a package.  So, I bought a pack on Friday, played with a couple of them that night and then went back and bought another pack on Saturday.  I'm hooked.  They are easy to make and you can do a lot of different designs in just a short amount of time.  Plus, this is a great craft for kids as it's easy!

I'm sure there is an official way to make these but I just did my own thing with stuff I already had.  
If you are interested, here's what I did...

Step 1:  Pull out the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

Step 2:  Dig through you scrapbook paper and pick out some patterns you love

Step 3:  Put a pretty good size blob of mod podge dimensional magic on top of the design you'd like

FYI:  So, why did I blob it on instead of paint it on?  I tried both ways and painting it on didn't work as well. The crystal pendants aren't totally flat and have some imperfections.  If you blob it on, the excess seems to fill in those imperfections and gives it a good hold.  Also, when I painted it on and it was dry, I could see the brush strokes through the crystal.  I didn't like that.  Ya, I'm kind of picky..

Step 4:  After you've added the mod podge blob, drop your crystal in place and move it around quickly to make sure that it is well covered with adhesive and in the right place.  It will start to stick pretty quickly so make sure you are quick.  When it's in the right place, carefully wipe away the excess adhesive that has spilled out around the edges.  I wiped mine off with just a paper towel.

Step 5:  Next, let it dry.  I took advantage of the cute paper and did several at the same time.  Can you tell that from the photo above?  There are three on there, all drying.  I did put a heavy book over them to keep them flat and then I let it sit over night.  Technically you don't have to wait that long, but it worked for me.

Step 6:  Once it is dry, carefully cut along the edges of the crystal to remove the excess paper

Step 7:  Lightly sand the edges of the paper and then paint on a very light coat of mod podge dimensional magic over the back of the pendant.  Let dry completely.  This just gives it a nice finish.

And there you go.  Be warned though, it's kind of addicting and you'll want to make more.  My Miss M told me I couldn't sell any of these because she wanted all 8 of them.  Silly kid!  

Step 8:  Be sure to finish it off by attaching it to a chain and if you want, add a little charm to complete the look.

Here's a close up.  Fun, right?!  

Also, there are a lot of different things you can do, you don't just have to use paper.

You can also add designs with rub-ons and stickers.  I didn't get a good picture of the finished pendant with the word "Stand" but boy, these would be easy for a girls camp craft with the "Stand in holy places" theme.

Here is another one I did with a rub-on.  I first added the rub-on to the  paper and then I followed all the other steps by adding the adhesive and then the crystal on top.

I love it!  This one I attached to a ball chain but I think I might swap it out for a regular chain and add the charm.  I tend to like that look a little better.

So, there you go.  Super easy.  Not too expensive and way addicting.  I know I just showed you how to make them but if you don't want to buy all the supplies or do the work, let me know, I'd be willing to part with a few (just don't tell my daughter)

oooh, and check out that red chevron - LOVE!!!!  I had a hard time picking a favorite but that one is at the top of the list.



Amy said...

So cute! Any thoughts on the best way to do this with a photo? Use an actual print, print it on my inkjet, or get it copied on a laser printer??

Amy said...

I would get an actual photo. Just use a really fine sand paper and lightly sand the photo just to give it a little tiny bit of grip. You could also use your printer, just make sure that your ink is NOT water based or when you put the adhesive on the ink will smear. I'd love to see it done with a photo - good luck!

Kristin Whitehead said...

Oh how cute!!! These would make great gifts for family. Thank you for sharing!

beth jillette said...

So cool and you are so generous to share how you did it!
Thank you

Kim-the-girl said...

These are awesome! This may be a silly question, but I'm curious if the hardware that is already attached to the pendant gets in the way of the paper? Do you have to do anything special with it?

Amy said...

Kim, it wasn't bad. The hardware is pretty well centered so it doesn't stick over the back too much. I did use some small scissors and I think if I had tried it with bigger scissors it would have been more difficult. If you don't have little scissors you could very easily use an x-acto knife without any trouble.

Steph said...

So cute! I love your use of Dimensional Magic here. I've used glossy accents and E6000, but these Darice pendants with the jump ring are totally awesome! :)