Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Scrabble Tiles Necklace Pendants

Hello! Sorry for my break from blogging there for a bit. Back to business!
I wanted to show my latest little fun creation. After receiving one of these as a "Welcome to Steering for MOPS", I was inspired and encouraged to try to duplicate for my shows. Here is what I did..I am sure there are a ton of other ways to achieve similar results.
These little necklace pendants are created from Scrabble tile game pieces. Some people have the "game side" show but I chose to cover that part up so the back was plain wood. All papers are SU's Designer Series Papers, of course. The tile is about 3/4 inches by 3/4 inches so you definitely need a small decorative paper design.
The hardest part was finding the silver "bails". Luckily, [since I was on a time crunch] a local bead shop happened to have ordered them for someone else who hadn't picked them up yet. You can definitely find them online but for this first batch, I couldn't wait for shipping time.
I used E -6000 adhesive to adhere the paper to the front and eventually [after all glazing was done] to adhere the bail to the back.
After applying the paper onto the scrabble, I used Krylon's Triple Thick Glaze [in a jar]. I coated them about 12-15 times within one week to get the best glassy glaze look and strong coverage for the tile. I actually found the TTG at Pat Katan's in Ohio but a similar item/diff brand was in my local Michael's.
Some I embellished with SU [retired] flower punches for a 3-D effect and added SU rhinestone brads, as well. I recommend snipping off the brad part because I found it raised the flowers more than I wanted for coverage purposes.
These items are not recommended for wearing in pool or shower because though glazed heavily, it is still paper. And paper +water=bad news, in general. :)
I have been selling these at area craft shows for $6 & to friends for $5. I include a ribbon necklace with a button on one side and a loop [that could be adjusted to shorten] on the other side which I did for display or instant wear purposes. These would be great on a silver circle necklace, as well.
IF you are going to make these in bulk for gifts or selling, it is worth your time. For one pendant, the time & supplies are just too much~ IMHO. This would be a great gift though for all the ladies in your family and would be pretty inexpensive, once you found the bails.

*Note, if you don't have the Scrabble game, can't find it at yards sales or thrift stores or find a friend willing to donate, you can go on and purchase "replacement" parts. It was around $6-7 for 100 tiles. When I run out of my donated ones, I will probably go that route, rather than buying a new game for $15 for no reason. Just trying to help! :)
Let me know if you have questions or I said something unclear.

1 comment:

  1. These look great! I've been on a beeaded bezel kick, wrapping any flat-ish thing I can find in tiny seed beads. I'd like to try bezelling one of these guys, without the bail attached. Wonderful blog, as always. I'll be in touch.