All right, so I played some more with glass tiles last night and made a fun Valentine’s Day necklace. :)
It occurred to me that some people are like me, and haven’t found the clear glass tiles everyone seems to be using anywhere in stores. (I finally broke down and got mine on Etsy from Annie Howe’s. I’d recommend her if you’re planning to shop online – the prices are good, and shipping was really fast.)
However – if you’re not into ordering online and waiting a few days, you’re kind of limited shopping at Hobby Lobby/Michael’s. I did find some glass tiles for mosaics at Hobby Lobby, though, and at 48 for $5.99 (less your 40% off coupon, of course, making these tiles about 8 cents each) these are really economical, and are something you can just run out and pick up. (I opted for white, but they have a lot of colors to choose from.) I was trying to decide what sort of graphic to use to go along with it, when I ran across some fun square Valentine stickers at my dollar store that were about the right size.
Here’s what the tiles look like from the front – clear glass, with a white backing:
So you’re pretty much stuck with adhering your design to the front of the tile, rather than underneath the glass if you use these. That’s ok, though – because my little experiment turned out really well, I think!
I picked a design I liked from my stickers, and it did need to be trimmed down slightly. (I was thinking ahead and left myself a peel-tab, that’s why there’s still plastic backing attached on the right side.)
And then I just stuck it on.
Yeah. That simple.
I had planned on using some dimensional glaze (I got Glamour Glaze from Annie Howe’s, but Hobby Lobby carries Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, too, which would work the same). But as I looked at my tile and saw how well my sticker stuck – I thought I might not need it after all. These plastic stickers are really durable!
In the end, I decided that with four dozen tiles, and plenty of stickers, I’d do one each way, and decide which one I liked better. So one was left like this, and I added my glaze to the other one. I have never worked with the glaze, but it’s very easy. I just added a little to the top, and used a toothpick to spread it all the way to the edges.
Then I just added bails (and once again managed to go overboard with the E6000 – you do NOT need this much, just a drop should be adequate to secure your bail!)
And once they dried, strung them on a chain. When they were done, you could hardly tell the difference, but I’ll show you some close-ups to see for yourself:
I think in my case, with the fact that the stickers were printed with clear plastic instead of on paper, and had the foil accent, I think the glaze was unnecessary, though I do like the thickness of it over the foil. And if I had printed something from the computer or used another kind of paper graphic, I think the glaze would really have been necessary for a nice finished look.
Hopefully this helps you, if you’re the type who wants to shop and buy right-now-so-I-can-craft-tonight! You certainly don’t need the clear glass to pull it off – any smooth tiles should work! If you find some plastic stickers, they adhere really well and seem to be very durable, and look great on their own with no finishing – turning this into a ten-minute project (add a little time for your bail to cure and dry). If you plan to use a paper-based graphic, then pick up some glaze too. Even then, it’s still less than an hour. My kind of project!
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