April 16, 2010

Glass Tile Pendant - Design Ideas

So you've decided to make the glass tile pendants from the how-to - you ordered your supplies and are wondering, "now what!"  I am so glad I did this craft with a group - it was so fun to pool all the ideas from everyone.  I'll share a few.

I have a friend who has an art degree, so I see her as an expert at all things art/crafty.  She said that asymmetrical designs are more appealing to the eye - that means off-centered, like this:
But sometime dead-on centered looks best.  You'll just have to play with it.  We would take a tile and hold it all over a piece of paper trying to find just the right spot to cut out a square.

Initials make the pendants personalized and everyone loves that.  I made a design using photoshop with an initial printed directly on it, but others used stamps or stickers (just make sure the stickers aren't poofy).  One friend printed letters using Word and then used the exacto knife to cut them out - sounded tricky but she said it went pretty fast.

For my girls I let them draw on their own letter - they LOVED this (they are 3 and 5 years old).  They also "decorated" around the letter - not quite what I would have done but it's for them, not me.

I made a couple of fabric ones - probably my favorite, just because I love fabric.  Something about the visable texture calls to me.

You can use clip art.  For teacher gifts I did pictures of the school mascot.  For a friend who is a shoe-a-holic I found a fun shoe pictures.  (She gets a pendant because she shared JoAnn's coupons with me - thanks Brianne!  Bonus Tip: did you know if you forget your coupon you can buy a JoAnn's magazine that has tons of coupons on the back - she paid $3 for the mag but saved like $15 using the coupons - and had extra coupons so I could save another $10)

Of course my all-time favorite is the picture of my kids (it's much crisper in person - this was a hard thing to take a picture of!).  Easy to do and it's just printed on regular paper, not photo paper.  I'll post tomorrow on how to resize an image so you can do this.

One friend used book paper with an initial on it - I LOVED that one (look for it in the big group with the letter "T") and book wreaths and book page craft things are all the rage lately.  Another friend glued her bail on the corner so it hung diagonal - looked great.  Here's more samples from our fun craft-a-long (remember we made over 200 as a group, so here are just a few)

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21 Fabulous Comments:

wow! Your ideas and fun "friend craft times" never cease to amaze and ALWAYS make me wish I loved a million miles closer-i am sure Jennifer is thanking you for that. ;) thanks for showing all this-i feel a project coming-and you know i love making jewelry, so this is right up my alley!

I found you from another site I'm following, and I love what I see, I'm now following you! I tried something like this out with scrabble tiles, but I love the look of your project, and I can't wait to adapt it to this process! I'm looking forward to following along. :O)

Great ideas... I love the mother's day photo pendant idea... so cute

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Such a fresh, fun idea.
Lovely for sure!

Great tutorial. Thank you for sharing!

I love it! I have a link party on saturdays that I would love for you to join
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wow! I've seen this before but I'm loving yours! The fabric IS so pretty, and I really like the look of a black & white photo (especially with cuties like that in it!) Thanks for fun inspiration.

PS I just went onto Etsy and ordered a combo pack for myself - so excited to have a girl's night out and do this! thanks again.

I just showed my daughter these and we want to make them together! My favorite is the one of your kids!! ( you have very pretty hands/nails!:)) Thanks for linking up to "AP Tuesdays" @ New Nostalgia!

Those are so fun. I love all the different looks.
-Crystal

Thanks for the inspiration! I think I'll use this idea as a fundraiser for our adoption.

What a great idea! Love this! Would love to have you stop by the Sunday Showcase Party if you get a chance ~ Hope you are enjoying your weekend! These are adorable - So many uses!

Thanks so much for stopping by and linking to the Sunday Showcase! Hope you have a great week! I greatly appreciate it! Love these - especially the photo one! ~ Stephanie Lynn

These are fantastic! What a lovely project idea, especially right around Mother's Day. :)

What a great project! I can't wait to try this one! I will definately post a link back to your site for the idea!! My son loves tennis...I think I will make him one using tennis clip art!

Wow. These are really good. I so love the bonding that you and your friends have wherein you love to craft beautiful things.

I love those litle pendants. They would be so cute for my granddaughters!One more thing to try!
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I really love those. I need to make some soon.
-Crystal

I have my kit, but didn't have enough nerve to actually sit down and make one! But, now I do!
Thanks for all the Great Ideas. The picture is my favorite!

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This is so pretty!! What a GREAT idea!! We featured this over at Justsewsassy.com

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