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It’s no secret how much I love making jewelry. If you have read here, well, EVER – you know this already. So when I had the opportunity to try out DecoArt’s new glass paint line, Americana Glass Paints, I thought I’d put it to the test on some glass pendant tiles. I whipped up this nautical, beachy-themed necklace, and I just LOVE how it turned out! What do you think?
(Hey, I warned you earlier this week I was in a beachy mood! I hope you’re loving the beach theme, because I’ve got even MORE beachy projects at the end of this post!)
What you will need to make your own nautical tile neckace:
- 1″ glass tiles – they can be clear or colored
- Chain, Jewelry Bail and Jewelry Glue
- Americana Glass Paint and Brush(es)
- Optional Stencils – you could also freehand a design if you paint better than I do!
- Optional charms
The beachy stencils immediately caught my eye and gave me a bunch of ideas – but for a 1″ tile, they were all too big to use properly. But check out these fun, summery designs! And I cannot believe how many colors these paints come in… the sky is the limit! Americana Glass Paints are available at Michaels, JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, Pat Catan’s Craft Centers, A.C. Moore, Beverly’s, and other fine craft retailers. For more information on Americana Glass Paints visit http://www.decoart.com/glasspaint.
Now, since I was working on a smaller surface, I cut my own 3/4″ vinyl stencil on my Silhouette. I painted on 2 coats of frosted gloss enamel in turquoise, and gently removed the stencil. If you haven’t worked with glass paints before, they are a little different from acrylics or other craft paints, and stencils remove much more cleanly if you don’t allow them to dry fully before carefully removing your stencil – a wet set is perfect for getting those nice clean edges. Then, just set it aside and let it dry. (For a permanent paint job, allow your piece to dry for 4 days and bake it in the oven – there are directions for doing this on each bottle! That will ensure it holds up to general wear for the long-term.)
Another good thing to know if you’re considering trying glass paints for the first time is that DecoArt is offering a rebate right now on their glass paints – if you buy any 5 paints, you are eligible for a $5 rebate! Rebate information can be found here: : decoart.com/glasspaintrebate. Note: Online purchases or sales items are not valid for this rebate offer. This rebate is valid for US consumers only.
Next, to turn your newly-painted tile into a pendant, you’ll need a few basic jewelry tools.
I attached the bail to the back of my tile with jewelry glue. (You’ll notice that it doesn’t show through the tile – my tiles are painted white on the back side.) Then I strung it on a chain and added a couple of charms. I love this little turtle, I think it’s the perfect addition! I also added a beaded charm in some beachy colors.
If you haven’t made charms before, they are pretty simple. It make take you a try or two to get the hang of it, but once you have the technique down, you’ll be able to whip out any style of charm in just a couple of minutes.
First, choose a few beads you like. It sometimes takes me a few tries to get the look I want. For this charm, I used a freshwater pearl that had been dyed blue, a bead cap, and a couple of seed beads. Add these to a 2 inch jewelry head pin.
Using a pair of pliers (round-nosed jewelry pliers work best but aren’t absolutely necessary), make a loop just above the beads by wrapping the pin around the pliers as shown above. Then, wrap the excess wire around the “neck” of the loop you just made. Coil it 2-3 times, and you can nip off the excess with wire cutters.
Then, just add your charms to your chain along with your painted tile to get that one-of-a kind look!
Looking for more inspiration? Check out these other awesome beach-themed projects using Americana Glass Paints!
And if all these fabulous ideas aren’t enough… DecoArt is sponsoring an awesome prize pack giveaway! Just enter below for your chance to win a $100 Michael’s gift card AND $100 worth of glass paints for you to try out too! Rafflecopter will walk you through how to enter. Good luck, and happy painting!