pendants lined up

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’ve seen these glass pendants on Pinterest and have wanted to try making some myself. I should probably be paid by Pinterest, since I talk about it all the time and use it all the time. But I’m not paid. I just love it. If you need creative ideas, that’s the place to go.

I think what had me so excited about making these is that I have a great resource of original art to choose from. You see, my sweet husband is a super-talented graphic designer and he’s happy to encourage my creativity by sharing his. I know, I’m really lucky. We are definitely NOT the cobbler’s kids around here. So, I chose a few pieces of art from what I have come to think of as my own personal design library to serve as the art for these pendants. We sized them to 1″ x 1″, to fit inside the metal trays that I was using. I also cut out a couple of images from a 1940s Life Magazine.

To make these, you need glass tiles, metal trays (both ordered from Etsy), the images you want to use, and DG3 Art Gel.

The printed images I used were printed from a color printer. I tested the image for size to be sure there was a good fit within the metal tray. Once I determined that the fit was good, I put a big drop of DG3 in the tray.

big drop DG3

I tipped the tray to cover the entire surface with the art gel.

tip the tray

I used a paperclip to help get the gel into all the corners.

paperclip for corners

Then I inserted the art and pressed it down, making sure that the entire image was laying against the bottom of the tray, not against the sides. The paperclip helped with this part, too. Once the paper image had been inserted, I added more DG3 on top of the image. I made it a pretty thick coating.

more DG3 on top

I dropped the glass tile on top of the layer of art gel and pushed it down only enough to get rid of the bubbles, not enough to make it touch the bottom of the tray. This part got a little messy for me, because sometimes once the bubble got to the side of the image, the gel oozed out. I just wiped it up with a wet paper towel.

drop the glass tile on top

It’s probably a good thing to mention that when I got my glass tiles in the mail, I manhandled them pretty well, so I was sure to clean them with window cleaner to get my fingerprints off of them before permanently setting them into the pendants.

To let the art gel dry, I rested the pendants on the edge of the light table. You could use a counter or any surface just to make sure that the loop hangs over the edge so the pendant is completely horizontal.

pendants lined up

Here is how they look now:

glass pendants on chains

Here is one that I turned into a keyring for my favorite tennis player – my oldest son. I love how this looks. It’s even more special because this is a piece of the artwork my husband created for the tennis camps my son runs in the summers.

tennis keyring

I have to say this project was very rewarding. Being able to create a new piece of art out of an already existing piece of art was super fun. I will definitely be making more of these.

UPDATE: Since I wrote this post, I’ve heard that putting a coat of Mod Podge on your art will help stop the colors from bleeding. Not all art is susceptible in the same way; some will bleed more than others. It’s been two weeks since I made the pendants and one of the pendants with a lot of black in it is starting to bleed into the other colors. I probably should have used Mod Podge on that one. From this point forward, I will probably use Mod Podge on all of my art before I insert it into the tray, just to be sure.

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33 Responses to Glass Pendant Tutorial

  1. Kristy says:

    I love them :) Great designs!

  2. Laura says:

    I really love these- gonna have to try my hand at this. Just pinned it! Thanks!

  3. Alicia says:

    Love em! Gotta try those someday :)

  4. Crystal says:

    I love these! Beautiful work! I’m pinning it on Pinterest! :-)

  5. Dana says:

    Love these! I especially like the Missouri one. Makes me think of my girl…

  6. Mindie says:

    Love these. I have not seen DG3 art gel, I wonder if diamond glaze or clear glue would work? I want to get supplies to do this for sure. Love the images you chose too.

    • Betsy says:

      Thanks, Mindie! Diamond Glaze and DG3 Art Gel are both made by Judikins. I’m not exactly sure what the difference is, but I read that DG3 will dry clear even if you use multiple layers, so that’s the one I chose to use. In my project, the gel oozed over the top of the art when I inserted it into the tray, then I added a thick layer of art gel on top of that bit that oozed over before I added the glass. It looks completely clear to me. I am guessing that Diamond Glaze might work similarly, but I’ve never used it before. I can’t wait to see how yours turn out!

  7. Love these! I’ve seen lots on Pinterest, too, but yours rock! If you don’t mind sharing, where did you get the trays and glass tiles?

  8. EmilyJean says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! These are so fun! At which etsy shop did you purchase the metal trays and glass cubes?

  9. EmilyJean says:

    sorry…just found the shop in the comment above mine!

  10. OH Betsy! They are wonderful! How lucky are you that your husband does graphic design?! I’m so jealous! That’s fabulous! Featuring this tonight!

  11. Featuring YOU tonight! You were one of the top viewed links from last week’s {wow me} wednesday party! Great job! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  12. These are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing these at Cutesy Monday!


  13. Sandy says:

    I have made many of these before but ordered them from the internet(the tiles, etc) Don’t know anything about a tray…what is it for? Also, how do you make 1″x1″ pix? I have wondered that for other projects. Did it once, but had to try over and over to get it right. Can you clue me? Thanks!

  14. Ashley says:

    Thank you for posting this!! I went over to the Etsy store you mentioned and they are out of shiny silver square trays, but I was able to get some circular shiny ones of the same size (but I got the last 10-set of them). They do still have the trays in bronze and copper, but I didn’t figure I could find a chain to match those ones. Anyways, thanks for the great DIY guide! I’ve wanted one of these for a while but not had the money. Some places online sell custom ones for $30/ea!

  15. Nadiyah says:

    Your designs are awesome! I love them. Can you tell me where you purchased the ball chain for the necklaces?


    • Betsy says:

      Thanks, Nadiyah! I bought the chains from Hobby Lobby. If you get yours there, be sure to wait for a week when they are 50% off, because it happens pretty often. :)

  16. ana rodriguez says:

    I wanted to know how you size the pictures on the printer to fit the pendant. Thanks for a great tutorial!

    • Betsy says:

      Hi Ana. My husband printed these from Adobe Illustrator, where you can tell the image to be whatever size you need. If you have PowerPoint, you can import an image, double click it, and tell it what size to be. I hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by.

  17. I was so excited to see you post on how you get your images resized for you necklaces.

    I am a photographer and have consider reducing my photo’s on card stock and making pendants out of them and wonder what program that I could use, because I use Picasa 3 and hate it. My son found it and said he like it a lot so up loaded it for me. It’s not the program for me, but I haven’t been able to figure out what one would work for me. So I’m so glad I found your page online. Thanks

  18. Serene says:

    Hi! I was wondering, is it okay to print on normal printing paper, or do you need to print the images on printer paper?

  19. sandy says:

    thanks for sharing i have been wanting to make these for a long time. only thing i dont know is how to resize the picture do you know how i can do that

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