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So I have finally found some time to play with the glass tiles and Diamond Glaze glue I bought at the 2010 Quilt and Craft Fair in Sydney… They are so easy to make and look so great, I don’t know why I didn’t make some sooner!
There were a couple of glitches, one of which was that I started out using too much Diamond Glaze, and it saturated the paper – since Washi papers are so fibrous, it absorbed heaps of the diamond glaze. Next time I will use less glaze. The other issue was the paper I used on the reverse side:
The paper was too thick (I used a heavyweight scrapbooking paper/card) and as I cut back the edges, the white inner layer of the paper was revealed. It could be a really great design feature, but I ended up cutting it all wonky, and instead it just looks a bit messy.
The bail I purchased was a complete success. I prefer using sterling silver findings, so I hunted around online and came up with these glue-on sterling silver bails:
They have a rough side to glue down and a smooth side for aesthetics, however I covered the back of the bail with my backing paper, so It didn’t really matter. I will string them up later using satin rattail cord.
Here is a close up of the bail in the pendant:
Click here for the HOW-TO: GLASS TILE PENDANTS
Step-By-Step, how to make these art glass tile pendants.
Gather your materials:
- art paper
- backing paper
- glass tile
- glue-on bail
- craft knife or scissors
- Diamond Glaze (I use the one from Judikins – you can get it in craft shops)
- paintbrush – can be a cheap one
- Look at your paper and decide where you want your tile to sit. Cut out that area leaving 5mm extra around the edge of the tile. This just makes it easier to handle.
- Place the tile face down on your table (put something underneath to protect your table eg plastic sheet) and drip some Diamond Glaze on the back so that it creates a thin layer (less than 1mm thick). Poke out any air bubbles with a pin.
- Gently lay your paper, face side down, over the glaze. Use your fingers to get out any air pockets caught underneath the paper. Wait until the glaze has partially set, and cut off the excess paper.
- Depending on how much glaze you have used, it can take 15mins to a few hours to dry. Wait until it is dry, and then you can stick your bail on. Make sure it is centred.
- Cut out your backing paper to the exact size of the tile and snip 1mm diagonals off the corners to allow for the curved corners of the glass tile. Use a similar amount of glaze to stick on the backing. I usually nurse this step for a while to make sure the corners don’t lift up. After you are satisfied that they are going to stay down, place something on the backing paper to hold it down (I use mini paint pots).
- After its dry and set, I use my craft knife to go around the edges and front and scrape off any glaze that has dribbled around. It should come off quite easily.
- Last step! Use the glaze again to coat the backing. I start with a thin layer, and work it up to get a nice glossy looking back. Use the paintbrush to get the glaze to the edge of the tile, but not off the edge! A thick layer of glaze will need to dry for several hours. Pour yourself a cup of tea and wait to see the fabulous results!