If you have visited my Etsy shop, then you will recognize today’s project. For you DIY-ers, I’m going to show you how to make your own!
I actually stopped listing these. It was just getting too hard to keep up on! I do love to make them, but custom orders were taking more time than I really had.
Fortunately, they aren’t complicated at all. It’s taking me longer to type up this post than it does to make one! The supplies are kind of specific, but I will leave links below for you to help you locate them. These are affiliate links, which means if you decide to click through and make a purchase, then it helps support my blog at no extra cost to you (and thank you, by the way). You are, of course, welcome to source supplies on your own and buy from whomever you like. I’ve linked to Amazon, but you can also find many supplies on Etsy.
What you will need:
- Map Clipping – this is the State of Illinois but you can of course choose a meaningful place to you
- Mod Podge
- Craft squeegee
- 25 mm Antique Brass Round Bezel With Glass Cabochon
- Antique Brass Cable Chain – at least 18 inches, but a long length between 24-36 inches is really pretty for this style pendant
- Lobster Clasp & Jump Ring Set for shorter chain lengths (over 24 inches, you can skip the clasp and slip it over your head for wear)
- Heavy duty permanent adhesive (like E6000 or Elmer’s ProBond)
Picking and choosing your map clipping might be the hardest part… but you can typically pick up any state map on Amazon for about $5, or if you’re a AAA member, just request one sent to you free! You can also raid your souvenir stash, because you may have the perfect thing already.
If you print one at home, I’d recommend using cheap photo paper. Regular paper doesn’t hold a crisp image, and and good photo paper tends to smear. The cheap stuff (like the stuff Dollar Tree carries) is perfect for projects with Mod Podge. One word of caution, though – you probably won’t get quite as clear of an image as you would with a real, paper map.
Once you’ve settled on your image, use your glass cab to trace it out and trim it. Then, cover it in a light coat of Mod Podge.
(I know this isn’t Chicago, I was making a couple of pendants!)
Next, put your glass cab on top. Twist it around to coat it well, and eliminate any areas that might not be coated in Mod Podge. Now, you are going to squeegee any excess Mod Podge out. You can use a card (think like a credit card) for this – I have a little squeegee tool I use specifically for Mod Podge projects like this.
The last step is to adhere the cab to your bezel. I like E6000 for this, but if you use it, you need to know – a little goes a long way. You only need a very thin coat for a permanent mounting. If you get too much, it can bleed through your graphic and look black. I usually just add a dot anywhere but the exact center, and then when I pop the cab in, I twist it all around to get a nice thin coat of glue.
You should give it at least an hour before you try to wear it. I will often just leave it out overnight to cure.
Now you have a great gift – it’s a little piece of home for anyone! I have also made these with book clippings, dictionary definitions, bible verses, clippings from sheet music, photos, phrases – you can personalize these any way you like!