Glass Teardrop Pendant Necklace

necklace measures 18"
5 Pieces Are All You Need
 

Glass from Olivia Pearl Designs makes a gleaming teardrop pendant and a beautiful addition to this simple wire necklace.  The color seems to be imbedded in the glass but it’s actually a paper image on the backside of the pendant.  Your image can come from almost anywhere - a magazine, a greeting card, or the internet.  Just print a laser copy of it.  If you don’t have a laser printer, you can get a copy at Kinko’s for less than a dollar.  Use the template included in the instructions to cut the image to the perfect size.  Fast Finish Decoupage holds the paper image to the glass and Diamond Glaze seals it, creating a smooth glassy pendant back.   Come up with your own color combinations.  This may be the ideal necklace for that new outfit!

Directions

step 1 - Download and print out the teardrop template.

step 2 -Laser print your image, sizing it to fit the glass.  It’s easier to work with if the entire image is slightly larger than the glass.  Print more than one image on a page in case there’s a problem and you need a backup.  Although it’s possible to use an image that has been produced on an ink jet printer, I don’t recommend it.  The glue used for this project is water based and will quickly smear the toner from ink jet printers, while laser prints are not affected.

step 3- Place your glass over the image and decide where you want to place it.  I moved the glass around my multicolored print until I finally decided I wanted to include most of the green.  I also realized I didn’t want the lines of the image to be vertically or horizontally placed and chose to angle them on the glass.    

step 3- Place your glass over the image and decide where you want to place it.  I moved the glass around my multicolored print until I finally decided I wanted to include most of the green.  I also realized I didn’t want the lines of the image to be vertically or horizontally placed and chose to angle them on the glass.

 

 

step 4 - Cut out the teardrop shape template.  Once you know where you want to place your glass, replace it with the template.    

step 4 - Cut out the teardrop shape template.  Once you know where you want to place your glass, replace it with the template.  

 

step 5 - Cut out the teardrop shape from your image. step 6 - Hold the color image behind the glass.  The fit is accurate if the paper is slightly inside the border of the glass when you view it from the back side, and the image appears to reach to all edges when you look at it from the front. step 7 - Clean both sides of the glass thoroughly.  Pour some Fast Finish into a container.   Dampen a one-inch wide brush then squeeze out the moisture in a towel.  Sponge brushes will cause bubbles with this product so choose a bristle brush.

step 5 - Cut out the teardrop shape from your image.

step 6 - Hold the color image behind the glass.  The fit is accurate if the paper is slightly inside the border of the glass when you view it from the back side, and the image appears to reach to all edges when you look at it from the front.

step 7 - Clean both sides of the glass thoroughly.  Pour some Fast Finish into a container.   Dampen a one-inch wide brush then squeeze out the moisture in a towel.  Sponge brushes will cause bubbles with this product so choose a bristle brush.

step 8 - Dip the brush into the Fast Finish picking up a generous amount.  Hold the teardrop in your palm with the backside up and drag the brush across the surface.  Try to cover it in one pass.  Smooth out any streaks.  

step 8 - Dip the brush into the Fast Finish picking up a generous amount.  Hold the teardrop in your palm with the backside up and drag the brush across the surface.  Try to cover it in one pass.  Smooth out any streaks.

 

step 9 - With the color side down, set the paper in place on the glass leaving a tiny margin outside the paper edge.  Work quickly.  Like the name suggests, Fast Finish dries super fast. The good news is, if you make a mistake in placement you can start over.  Put the pendant in hot tap water with detergent for a few minutes.  The glue and paper will slide right off and you’ll have a clean piece of glass for your next try.  

step 9 - With the color side down, set the paper in place on the glass leaving a tiny margin outside the paper edge.  Work quickly.  Like the name suggests, Fast Finish dries super fast. The good news is, if you make a mistake in placement you can start over.  Put the pendant in hot tap water with detergent for a few minutes.  The glue and paper will slide right off and you’ll have a clean piece of glass for your next try.

 

step - 10 When your paper is positioned correctly on the glass, place the pendant on a surface covered by plastic with the glass side up.  Don’t worry if you get a bit of glue on the glass.  It can easily be removed later.  For now, leave the pendant untouched until it is completely dry.  It will peel off the plastic when it is set.

step - 10 When your paper is positioned correctly on the glass, place the pendant on a surface covered by plastic with the glass side up.  Don’t worry if you get a bit of glue on the glass.  It can easily be removed later.  For now, leave the pendant untouched until it is completely dry.  It will peel off the plastic when it is set.

step 11 - Finish the necklace by attaching the large center heart jump ring onto the same center link.  Be sure the dangling hearts hang behind the large central heart.

step 11 - Finish the necklace by attaching the large center heart jump ring onto the same center link.  Be sure the dangling hearts hang behind the large central heart.

step 12 - When you place the teardrop glass on a surface it does not sit perfectly level and the glaze will pool at one end.  Prevent this by propping the point of the teardrop up to make it level.  Drying time for the glaze will depend on how thick it has been applied.  It’s a good idea to let it set overnight.

step 12 - When you place the teardrop glass on a surface it does not sit perfectly level and the glaze will pool at one end.  Prevent this by propping the point of the teardrop up to make it level.  Drying time for the glaze will depend on how thick it has been applied.  It’s a good idea to let it set overnight.

step 13 - Attach a bail to the round end of the teardrop with Dazzle-Tac.

step 13 - Attach a bail to the round end of the teardrop with Dazzle-Tac.

step 14 - Make the necklace by cutting a piece of gold wire to 16”.  Add beads as follows: 2- oval gold beads, 1- round gold bead, 18 - green seed beads. Add nine sets of 9 nine green beads and by one round gold bead.  Finish with 18 green beads, one round gold bead and two oval gold beads to match the other side.

step 14 - Make the necklace by cutting a piece of gold wire to 16”.  Add beads as follows:
2- oval gold beads, 1- round gold bead, 18 - green seed beads. Add nine sets of 9 nine green beads and by one round gold bead.  Finish with 18 green beads, one round gold bead and two oval gold beads to match the other side.

step 15 - Make a loop on one end of the wire and attach a jump ring and one side of a magnetic clasp.  Slide the pendant onto the other end and finish the necklace with a loop, jump ring and clasp.  

step 15 - Make a loop on one end of the wire and attach a jump ring and one side of a magnetic clasp.  Slide the pendant onto the other end and finish the necklace with a loop, jump ring and clasp.

 

step 16 - Hang the necklace.  Move the pendant out of the way and adjust the beads so that the oval beads on each side of the necklace are equal distance from the clasp when all other beads are pushed together.  Place a dot of Dazzle-Tac between the oval beads on each side then slide the ovals back together.  The glued end beads will keep all the beads stationary on the necklace.  Let the glue dry.

step 16 - Hang the necklace.  Move the pendant out of the way and adjust the beads so that the oval beads on each side of the necklace are equal distance from the clasp when all other beads are pushed together.  Place a dot of Dazzle-Tac between the oval beads on each side then slide the ovals back together.  The glued end beads will keep all the beads stationary on the necklace.  Let the glue dry.

Tip

To remove glue from the front of the pendant, set the glass on a towel right side up.  Lay a hot wet cloth over the pendant covering the top glass only.  Do not get the backside of the pendant wet.  Let the towel loosen the glue for about a half hour then wipe clean.  Any remaining glue can be scrubbed off with a warm water and a non abrasive Scotch Brite sponge.



Supplies

At Amazon or Craft Store

  • 16” gold wire
  • 1” bristle brush
  • two gold jump rings
  • gold magnetic clasp
  • 117 green seed beads
  • 13 round gold beads
  • 4 oval gold beads
  • scissors or craft knife
  • copy paper
  • Fast Finish Decoupage
  • Dazzle-Tac
  • Diamond Glaze

At Olivia Pearl Designs

  • glass teardrops

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