Wednesday, March 26, 2008

How to make a gorgeous scrabble tile pendant with Annie Howes


There are many way to crack a nut, and so there are with creating Scrabble Tile Pendants. Each way has it’s own wonderful benefits. Here I’ll share with you the basics of creating your very own Scrabble tile pendants using two different methods of sealing and coating them.

First, you need the obvious…a Scrabble tile! These can be found all over Ebay and Etsy. And some pretty paper, trimmed to a bit larger than the Scrabble tile.

Next, you need an adhesive. Glamour Seal makes a great and inexpensive non-toxic adhesive that can be used on most paper types, including ink jet prints. It won't smear your ink. Use it as both an adhesive and to seal your paper.

I use a paint brush to apply a nice coat of Glamour Seal. Not too much because I don’t want a goopy mess, but just enough to be sure I have nice and even coverage.

Then I apply a precut square just larger than the Scrabble tile to the surface of the tile, pressing firmly and evenly to ensure no air pockets remain between the paper and tile. If you have a bone folder or similar tool, use it to gently squeeze out any air pockets.

Let the adhesive dry. Once dried, turn the scrabble tile paper-side down and using a sharp X-acto or similar blade, carefully trim the paper from all 4 sides.

Next, using Glamour Seal, apply a thin coat to seal the top and trimmed edges of the paper. Let dry. At this point you may use either the non-toxic Glamour Glaze (water based), or an Epoxy Resin, such as Luxe Resin. If you've heard of Ice Resin, you should try Luxe Resin and save a few dollars. I promise, it's just as nice.

Glamour Glaze, Diamond Glaze and 3D Crystal Lacquer are fun and non-toxic hobby sealants that produce a shiny clear coating on Scrabble Tiles. Because they're both non-toxic no special requirements are needed to protect yourself from harmful fumes. It has a short, fixed drying time that’s not affected by a room’s temperature, but they are affected by humidity. They're inferior products as far as product longevity and durability because they will deteriorate if exposed to even the smallest amount of water, such as rain or other splashing.

Luxe Resin, is a high-quality jewelry-grade resin that is safe to use. Luxe has a preferred temperature range (around 80 degrees) and takes about 24 hours to cure. I cure mine in my glass kiln that I warm briefly before popping them in. Alternatively, you could use a toaster oven as long as you make sure it doesn't get too hot. Jewelry-grade epoxy resin will not yellow with age and won’t be damaged by raindrops or poolside splashing. Just don't soak in water as the wood tile will absorb water.

Depending on the method you use to coat your Scrabble tile, you will either coat with a Glaze and wait the appropriate duration for it to dry, or use an Epoxy Resin.

When using Luxe Resin here are a few helpful tips:
Mix the required minimum amount even if it means waste. Most epoxy resins need a minimum mass for the chemical reaction to take place. It’s better to waste a little resin than to waste hours of time and a heap of Scrabble tiles!

Mix slowly and carefully. Warm your resin so it flows easily. Let it sit for a few minutes prior to applying to the tiles. By letting it sit some of the bubbles will float to the surface and dissipate.

Pour to a new container without scraping the sides and the stir stick. Toss out the stir stick and use a fresh stick. The heavier resin that has clung to the stick and the sides of the mixing cup will contaminate the delicate balance of the mixed resin and cause your pieces to not cure.

I use a craft stick (short popsicle stick) to apply the resin to the tile a drop at a time, gently spreading it to the edges. I find the surface tension helpful in keeping it all in check. I place each tile on a flat surface, such as a 6”x8” smooth ceramic bath tile.

Let each tile “rest” for a couple of minutes to let the bubble surface. Take a torch (one of those grill lighters) and pass it close to the surface of the tile. Be careful not to leave soot on the resin! This is a quick way to remove the bubbles. Use a toothpick to remove remaining bubbles.

To cure, I warm a dedicated toaster oven for about 1 minute then turn it off. I place the ceramic tile that my Scrabble tiles are on into the toaster oven and let it sit for several hours. This helps keep any lint off the tiles and the latent heat speeds the curing time.

Once your Scrabble tile has dried or cured it’s time to create a pendant out of it using one of two methods.

First, using a nail file or a piece of fine grit sand paper, gently smooth the edges of your pendant. This is helpful to remove any adhesive or coating that may have gone astray.

Method 1 is to drill a hole for a jump ring. Using at least a 9mm jump ring, this can be accomplished by drilling a hold through the tile and carefully expanding the jump ring through the hole. This takes practice. I use a bead reamer to gently file away the backside of the tile to slightly enlarge the hole. Insert the jump ring at the front of the tile using jewelry pliers. Gently push forward and your jump ring should slide right through.

The easier and simpler method is to attach a bail to it. The best bails to use are those designed for Dichroic glass pendants. Aanraku is what most artists use and can be found all over the internet, including both of my online shops. Using E6000 glue you can easily bind the bail to the back of the tile.

Click here for a more complete tutorial in PDF format.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial! I’d love to hear from you and see your lovely works!

All of the supplies to make these gorgeous Scrabble tiles can be found in either of my shops:
Annie Howes Keepsakes and Annie Howes Keepsakes on Etsy

Other projects you might enjoy:

 Glass Pendant Tutorial  Luxe Resin Pendant Tutorial


107 comments:

Valerie said...

Wow Annie - It looks like a time intensive proces, but the end results are beautiful! Your work never ceases to amaze me.

I look forward to seeing more wonderful tiles!

New England Quilter said...

Hi Annie,
I really enjoyed reading about your techniques for making your beautiful pendants! What a great blog entry!

Crazy Times Candle & Bath Co. said...

Those are really great.

I love reading about what goes into making all the great things I see around.

Wonderful post Annie!

Leah said...

great tutorial Annie. I use colores resin too, and always wear a mask. I also lay out my resin pieces in tupperware-type containers & put the lid on while they cure to minimize the vapors.

Chris said...

Great tutorial! I was just admiring your pendants the other day after reading about you on Merkaba's Musings blog.

ElegantSnobbery said...

Okay, waaaaaay more complicated and time consuming than I though. But really interesting to learn! But I think I'll just stick with yours as I love your sweet little illustrations!!

Kelly said...

Wow! I've been dying to know how to try this technique myself. Thanks so much for the tutorial.

Nikki said...

Wow, I had not idea that these were this time consuming! Your are fabulous! I enjoyed reading about the process.

Handcrafted by LaMar said...

wow yeah wow this is bookmarked for sure

KellyP said...

Oh wow super awesome! Thanks for sharing your techniques!!

Anonymous said...

What type of paper do you use? Is it a special thickness?

G said...

Is e6000 glue similar to super glue?

woolies said...

I'm glad to know that I'm making mine the 'right' way! and I have to go back and read your photography tutorial again, because I have SUCH lighting problems!!!!
Your pendants are georgeous. I might just go back to knitting.
:0(

moonmystic said...

Great tutorial. I've been using Krylon glaze and it just won' cure!

Simply Baby said...

Just wanted to say a quick thanks! i just love your designs! Really amazing for you to share! Thanks again!

Simply Baby said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing! i'll try it! i'll probably leave it up to you to make them for me though! =)

ourgreatgreenglobe said...

Hi Annie-
Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge about making scrabble tile pendants. I have been trying to make them but I often seem to get an oily spot on the tiles after I apply the resin (Enviro-tech). I have tried putting Modge poge on it first or even tried a new waxy coating a craft store had recommended but I still am getting oily spots. (not on everything but on some). Any suggestions? Do you ever have this problem?
thanks for your input

star said...

thanks so much for the tutorial! i'm a little intimidated to try the resin. but at the same time, i don't want mine to yellow either. i'm gonna have to give it a try sometime and bite the bullet and work with the resin. :)

Shadows of the goddess designs said...

i enjoyed tour tutorial on the pendants .

Leslie Plank said...

Thanks for the tutorial - it works great. I used Parks brand super glaze from Home Depot. It didn't say anything about minimum mixing amounts, so I made up a really small amount and they came out great. I also found that instead of a torch, if you just breathe on the tiles (as if you were trying to fog up a mirror) all of the bubbles rise to the surface and pop.

designsbyone said...

wow! what a great and thorough tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing :)

Coley said...

I got one of your kits for my birthday and can't wait to get started!

I do have a question though, if you don't mind.... If you are wanting to make your own images to put on the pendants or scrabble tiles, can you print them on a home computer? I was thinking I read somewhere that you couldn't because the ink would bleed. If you can't use home printer (mine's laser) will color copies work??

Thank you for the awesome tutorial and kit! :)

Annie Howes said...

Hi Casey,

A laser printed image should be fine :o) -- Annie

Anonymous said...

I'm having difficulties removing the tiles from the ceramic tile I glazed them on - any suggestions?

Debbie said...

I have been wanting to make some for my Etsy store and to sell at consignment shops. Thanks for the info.

Kirstin said...

I have made the pendants with paper and am looking to make one for my MIL for Christmas with the kids on them. Do you have a recommendation for printer and printer paper and how do I get them small enough and still look good...any advie would be great!!

Annie Howes said...

Kirstin, I use Photoshop to reduce the size of my images and always print at 300 dpi or greater. I also use an inkjet printer on glossy photo paper. I use the type of paper that doesn't speed dry inks because that tends to make the resin bubble. I hope that's helpful :o)

Kirstin said...

Thanks Annie...can't wait to make them. Your tutorial is great!!

Karlande Designs said...

Annie,

Thanks so much for sharing these directions with us. It is appreciated. Thanks for recommending specific products and procedures.

Anonymous said...

Do you have any recommendations on how to find images for these tiles... possibly for free?

jennie said...

thank you for posting this, annie! i've been wanting to make these for a while! :)

Jill said...

Thanks for the information!!

Cina said...

Hi Annie,

This tutorial as everyone said is wonderful and then some. I appreciated it sincerely because when I looked up instructions I found a lot of sites that had them for pay. So finding yours for free is fantastic. Your picture choices are wonderful and also your answers to questions. I am getting ready to purchase my supplies from your etsy store, I have a lot bag of scrabble tiles to experiment with and I am super excited. TY again!

Anonymous said...

I bought a Scrabble game at Walmart for $12.00. I figured I would save money this way becuase I don't have to pay for shipping ordering them online. :)Although diamond glaze has been almost impossible for me to find anywhere not on the internet. I can't wait to try this!

Melissa said...

I tried making these the other day (I made 2) When I came home from work they both had a crack down the middle... Has this ever happened to anyone else and what did I do wrong? I used Diamond Glaze...

Jessica said...

I just read your tutorial and tried it out. I was freaked out the whole time about the resin. Is it only "toxic" while you are mixing it and applying it, but once it dries, is it okay? I am a bit of an organic freak, but want a nice looking product. Let me know any info you can about this. I am having a baby shower in March and thought this would be a good gift to give the people who come to the shower? Also, do you drill holes in any of your tiles? Do you use a drill press??

Thanks

Jessica said...

I just read your tutorial and tried it out. I was freaked out the whole time about the resin. Is it only "toxic" while you are mixing it and applying it, but once it dries, is it okay? I am a bit of an organic freak, but want a nice looking product. Let me know any info you can about this. I am having a baby shower in March and thought this would be a good gift to give the people who come to the shower? Also, do you drill holes in any of your tiles? Do you use a drill press??

Thanks

esthercraig said...

I love these pendants. I created a couple and wanted to take a photo of them to show my friends. I have not been able to focus on the picture under the gloss. how do you create the perfect picture of this item?

Annie Howes Keepsakes said...

If your Diamond Glaze cracks, please read this blog post of mine about a problem with the glaze produced in November 2008:
http://tinyurl.com/df3nnb

Annie Howes

Annie Howes Keepsakes said...

The fumes while working with resin are harmful, so please take proper precautions when working with it. Once cured, there shouldn't be an issue with fumes.

When I drill holes I use a Dremel tool with a small bit, smaller than what comes with the Dremel.

Annie Howes

Annie Howes Keepsakes said...

Please see this blog post on how I take my product photos:

http://tinyurl.com/6u3o72

(copy/paste the link)

Annie Howes

Jessica said...

Thank you for answering so quickly! I did complete your tutorial and was pretty excited with my first result! I love when you use the "jewels" too. Do you put those on before you glaze them or after when they are still slightly wet? I also just looked at your tutorial on how to take good photos. I will need to try that next time!

ChildsPlayCrochet said...

Thanks so much for the sharing this tutorial! Your pendants are gorgeous. I think it would be fun to get a kit and make some for a Mom's night in!!! I'm curious if you can use photos instead of paper??

Jen

nikki said...

Now, I use a inkjet printer and it bleeds with I apply sealer. If I were to get the images printed professionally (say a kodak machine or something like that) would those fade? Would they be usable? Thanks for any input!

Annie Howes Keepsakes said...

There are different ways to seal your ink jet prints. Avoid water-based sealants, like Mod Podge or PVA glues. Instead use something such as Krylon's Non-Yellowing varnish spray. Some people use nail polish, however that will yellow over time. There are several art quality varnishes available at your loval craft stores. Look in the painting section.

Jennifer said...

Annie,

I hate covering the letters on the scrabble tiles and thought about putting a head pin through it. Would that work? What tool would I have to use to get it through? (ps- I'm a beginner!)
Thanks, Jen

Annie Howes Keepsakes said...

Jennifer, if you don't already own a Dremel or other rotary tool, you must buy one! Using a Dremel and a super small bit (not standard, it's a special order bit because it's so small) you can drill from the top down, and then from the bottom up until your hole meets in the middle. This takes some practice, but I've successfully done this on Scrabble tiles and polymer clay tiles. I use a 2" head pin because I want (need) the wiggle room.

- Annie

Anonymous said...

Where did you order your drill bit from and what size is it?

Annie Howes Keepsakes said...

I ordered this mini drill bit kit: http://tinyurl.com/dazg7s

The size you need will be determined by the jump ring you use. Use the bit that's slightly larger than the jump ring.

Also,if you purchase a mini drill bit kit for your Dremel you will also need to purchase a chuck shank that's smaller than what comes with the kit, such as a 1/8" shank. Here's a link to the chuck shank on the same website: http://tinyurl.com/bdrlvl

Jennifer said...

It works great with photos too if you print it on paper!

rach said...

I haven't finished them yet, but I tried using a push pin to make a hole in the tiles and it works great as the wood is soft. I can go through the front, or down the top (only as far as the pin goes). It's cheaper than buying a drill if you're not sure you want to make that investment yet.

Anonymous said...

HELP!!!! Problem with a divot in the center of the tile. I put extra 3d crystal lacquer in the middle, but when it dries, I have a "dip" in the middle. What am I doing wrong? any help would be appreciated greatly!

Annie Howes Keepsakes said...

If you're experiencing a divot or sunken center using glaze, try applying a thinner first coat. Too thick of an application is usually the cuprit.

kryptongirl said...

Thanks so much for all of this information, this was a really awesome guide and I'm glad I found it!

Daniel Montoya said...

Such a pleasure to read your tutorials. Very inspiring work!

I started making my own microslide pendants for fun, but i've never tried a scrabble tile pendant.

Thanks for this valuable information.

Regards, a Fellow Etsian

Daniel Montoya

Katy @ The Feet That Feed You said...

Thanks so much for this post! I found you on an internet search for Scrabble tile pendants and also followed your links to your Etsy shop. How fun! I got a 5-tile kit to start out with and can't wait to try it out. I linked to you at thefeetthatfeedyou.blogspot.com. Thanks again!

Robin said...

I'm using the resin for my pendants and am having hard time getting it to dry. It has been 72hours now and some are still 'sticky'. Could I be using too much resin? How much should I be using?
Thanks.
Robin

Annie Howes Keepsakes said...

Hi Robin, it could be that you're mix wasn't accurate enough. Measuring is crucial. Other environmental reasons why your resin didn't cure could include: level of humidity, temperature, and a reaction to materials the resin has come into contact with. If you rule out these environmental factors, then it's most likey a mixing ratio issue. Best of luck with your next batch! :o)

nbraskagrl said...

Hi Annie,

Thank you so much for this tutorial! My sister and I started making some this weekend and are having a great time! However, some turn out really well and others not so much. Can anything be done to save a tile with a dip in the middle? That's probably our biggest issue at the moment...

Thanks for your help!

Kooljewelry said...

Hi Annie, this tutorial is simply awesome, sometimes my clients ask me about wich is the best way to do a scrabble pendant and I will send them to this post.

Fantastic!! I invite you to my shop, there you will find a lot of designs for your pendants www.kooljewelry.etsy.com

Anonymous said...

What do you use to drill a hole through the Scrabble tile?

Wolfgang said...

thanks for the information!
Do you know if Super Glaze from Home Depot will yellow by the time? I make paintings with embedded metal and other stuff with it, so it will be not exposed to direct sun light.

kay said...

Thanks so much Annie for this great info. I did notice that on your Etsy site you sold three sizes of bails. Can you let me know which size you would recommend for a scrabble tile?

JrzyGirl said...

Your scrabble pendants are AMAZING! I was wanting to know if anyone has used photos, and if so - what photo paper works best? Also, what type of printer gives the best results? I tried my regular ink-jet, and when I put the Diamond Glaze on, the pics blurred some. I didn't know if it was due to the ink or the type of paper I used. After I printed the pics, I let them dry overnight - so that left me stumped. Any help would be great, and thanks again for having the BEST tutorial on scrabble jewelry on the entire internet! (believe me, I have checked!) :)

Annie Howes Keepsakes said...

To drill a hole in a pendant I use a Dremel tool with a really small bit. Easy!

Annie Howes Keepsakes said...

If you use an ink jet printer that's not pigment based (most are dy based) then let your prints dry for at least 2 weeks. You'll hav eamazing results! You can also use a couple coatings of a non-yellowing spray varnish before applying the glaze or resin. If using resin, you will want to coat all non-glossy paper anyway, otherwise the resin will seep into the paper, and no one wants that! You can also seal paper with my Glamour Glue. It's a great product and perfect for just about all paper applications.

Annie Howes Keepsakes said...

I recommend the small bails for Scrabble pendants.

Annie Howes Keepsakes said...

I'm sorry, but I've not worked with Super Glaze and don't know how it will change over time. I can say that if you don't have a product that's "archival" quality (acid free, for example), then it may yellow or change over time. I say excperiment with it now and see how well it works. It could very well be the right product for your needs.

Sara said...

Wow, thank you for posting this tutorial! I really appreciate it and it actually makes me want to order from your shop even more.
A lot of other places charge for thier tutorials but I want to see if the project is something I think I can easily do before I invest in supplies.
So again, thanks, and now I'm off to browse your shop and pick up some goodies!

aLittleDotty said...

Hi, thanks for the great tutorial!
I included it in my list of favorite scrabble tile pendant tutorials: http://dottygrey.blogspot.com/2010/06/scrabble-tile-pendants-tutorial-list.html
Hope you don't mind!
Natalia

Anonymous said...

Hello!

I wanted to know if this process word on other wood pieces? Like the wooden heart cuts you can get from Michaels. I love these, but I need something a bit bigger.

Thanks!
Jessica

Tile Craft Connection said...

Great tutorial, Annie. Thanks for sharing this blog entry - your scrabble pendants look a-mazing!

Anonymous said...

Hi Annie...purchased a kit from you and am wondering what I am doing wrong. When applying the glaze to the textured side of the glass and then applying the image, I press firmly to make sure there aren't any air bubbles. Went to bed and in the morning all of the tiles looked like there are specks of glittered areas on the image and they are not round like air bubbles but all different shapes and sizes. Almost looks like crazing. What did I do wrong, they were perfect when I went to bed. Soaking the images off the tiles now. Please help.....

Kath said...

This is SUCH a brilliant idea! Thanks for the tips about Diamond Glaze and Crystal Lacquer - I didn't realise they weren't even water resistant, and would yellow over time. I can't wait to try this project. Your tutorial is excellent.

Annie Howes Keepsakes said...

To anonymous...your kit is the glass pendant kit. The silvery spots is trapped air. As the glaze dries it contracts. Apply more glaze.

I like to clamp my paper to the glass after applying glaze or glue using a pirce of cardboard as a backing. The plastic clamps are inexpensive and can be found at any hardware store. You can use whatever you have on hand.

Another reason why the silvery spots (trapped air) appears is because paper paper is strong and when wet will contort and thus pull away from the surface as it dries. The clamp helps in both situations. :o)

YumYumPendants said...

Nice tutorial Annie! I agree about the dremel tool- I'm totally in love with mine!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Anne, I love you pendants. I've been using Easy Cast resin for mine. I measure the two liquids using a tablespoon. I eyeball it so closely. I mix for two minutes once transfer to a new cup and mix again with a new stick. I even warm up the bottles before I mix them and still my pendants never come out glass hard. They are slightly sticky and I can dig my nail into them. What am I doing wrong?? Please help. I've had to throw out so many batches. Have you ever used Easy Cast? Sometimes I wonder if the BBQ lighter heat is affecting the resin.

Annie Howes Keepsakes said...

To Anonymus: try adding a littel more of the hardener to your mix. I haven't used Easy Cast. Luxe is the resin I prefer :o)

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Sara said...

Annie, I was convinced from your tutorial to use a resin instead of a glaze. I just got done with my first attempt and it worked great! (it is off drying now) The tip to use a lighter to pop the bubbles was GREAT! I had trouble popping them with a needle, but I could bring them to the top and pop them with the flame. Thanks for your help!

Annie Howes Keepsakes said...

Sara, I'm thrilled to hear of your success! Thanks for letting me know. Keep at it :o)

Rosemary Falkenberg said...

Annie thank you your instructions everything went perfect and my tile looked fantastic. I left it for 3 days and it was really glossy but I took it for a spin out for dinner . I wore a scarf so it could have rubbed on it.By the time I got home it had lost its shine and had a dull look.Do you know how I can prevent this from happening Thanks Rosemary

Annie Howes Keepsakes said...

Hi Rosemary,

The durability of the coating used plays an important role in the longevity of the pendant. Resin is more durable than water based glazes, for example. I'm guessing by your experience you probably used glaze, and I don't know what brand (there are many) you used. So my suggestion would be to use resin for a longer lasting and more durable finish.

JNiems said...

Help!!!!! PLEASE!

I did this and it came out fantastic. Until I woke up this morning to see how it was drying and underneath the Diamond Glaze coat it had a cloudy whiteish color. :'( What did I do wrong/how can this be avoided??

Thanks!

Annie Howes Keepsakes said...

Tell me more about the produycts you used. Diamond Glaze over what kind of paper? Was your paper sealed? There are different reactions that might take place between some products.

Gayle said...

Annie: You said, "I find the surface tension helpful in keeping it all in check." What did you mean by that?

Annie Howes Keepsakes said...

Hi Gayle, what I meant is the thicker doming resin will create a pillow top because it's denser.

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Rachat de credit said...

Thanks a lot it was a fantastic help, now to make a gorgeous scrabble tile pendant with annie howes is very easy by using your guidance. Kudos

Anonymous said...

This is my first experience with Diamond Glaze. When I apply it to my scrabble tile, and after it dries, instead of a dome effect, I have a spot on the tile that is concave. Even after a couple of attempts to add more glaze to the tile, I get the same effect. While not as exhagerated, it clearly is not domed. Do you have any tips for me on how to avoid this from happening? Should I keep the tip directly on the tile when I apply the glaze or is that not important. Thank you.

Karin said...

Your tutorial is wonderful and answers so many questions I had! Thank you for taking the time to answer everyone's questions too, I've read through all to soak up every bit of info.

Annie Howes Keepsakes said...

If you're experiencing a dip in the middle of your glazed piece that's due to too much glaze being applied at one time. To avoid a sinking middle, apply the glaze in thinner layers, and I recommend 2 layers. That should solve the problem.

Shelly said...

Hi Annie!

I have been making tiles for about a year now. Just recently my images have been "ripping" after my glaze or resin begins to dry. I am using a laser printer, heavy weight paper, Mod Podge, and either glaze or Easy Cast resin. There is no consitency in this problem...sometimes they are perfect, other times the image appears to have a tear in the middle. I even changed brushes and gently apply any sealant before glazing. Any ideas?

Annie Howes Keepsakes said...

Hi Shelly,

This is an unusual problem. Has anything changed, such as a new laser printer, or different brand or type of paper, or different brand of toner? Is it possible the Mod Podge has changed?

It sounds like the laser print is separating from the base of the paper. I would try using a different paper or a different brand of toner to help determine which is the culprit.

You may also want to note a few other things such as where on the master printout page were the images that had problems located? Were they positioned along the right border, left border, etc. Also, the images that are splitting, is there a predominant color? It could be a single toner cartridge causing the problem, such as the yellow (or whatever).

You may want to change the bottle or brand of sealant you're using since that's the product that comes into direct contact with the images. Mod Podge, which is water based, dries to a hard finish which might possibly be cracking or separating when it comes into contact with the glaze or resin. I don't work with Mod Podge because I prefer Glamour Glue which dries to a flexible finish and is a better overall sealant.

I hope you can resolve this quickly. I know it can be frustrating. If you make any changes to what you're currently doing, modify one thing at a time. This will help you figure out which part of the process is the culprit.

Kath said...

How gorgeous! Thanks for all the detail you've provided - it helps so much if we decide to make them ourselves, but really makes us appreciate how much work goes into making these wonderful pendants.

Angie said...

Hi i interested in knowing if the epoxy you mentioned yellows in the sun.
Thanks,
Angie

Shalini K said...

Truly well explained. iam a crafter myself and customer with annniehowes . Your blog amazes me. I will follow it soon.

Anonymous said...

Another inexpensive method to spreading the diamond glaze and avoiding air bubbles is to use a toothpick. That's what I do!!

Anonymous said...

Can you use fabric instead of paper images?

Annie Howes Keepsakes said...

Yes, you can use fabric, too =)

Anonymous said...

Hi Annie, Wonderful tutorial!!!After seeing your tutorials, I am inspired to venture into resin pendants.
I am planning to make a resin animal pendant, could you please explain me how to paint eyes...If I make a dot when I pour the resin, it might not work right, are there any paints that I could use after the resin sets...Thanks.

beader said...

Hi Annie, Wonderful tutorial!!!After seeing your tutorials, I am inspired to venture into resin pendants.
I am planning to make a resin animal pendant, could you please explain me how to paint eyes...If I make a dot when I pour the resin, it might not work right, are there any paints that I could use after the resin sets...Thanks.

Brian s said...

That flower with the golden flourish really came out amazing through the dome.

Sydney said...

Hello! Great tutorial!! I tried it, and the only problem I had was with the Diamond Glaze. I didn't get any bubbles, but the glaze in the middle of my tile was sloped inward. Anyone else experience this problem and know how to fix it?

Marc Croteau said...

Awesome stuff, thank you. My wife has been looking for inspiring examples and I believe I'll pass your work on to her! Cheers!

john wood said...
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Yolanda Crisostomo said...

I've made scrabble tile pendants following your tutorial and gave them as gifts to my nieces. They Loved it! Thank you so much for sharing your expertise :)