Today I have a fun recycle craft for you- Faux Dichroic Glass Pendants. I love the look of fused glass but don’t have the time, tools or inclination! So I came up with this great way to reuse beach glass (or tumbled glass shards) and….wait for it….basket cellophane!
Before I get to the tute, let me show you how they look worked up into finished jewelry.
It’s pretty simple. Here’s what you need:
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- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic -it’s what I used, albeit in the old packaging. (or Glossy Accents)
- Beach Glass that you’ve collected or Tumbled Glass from the floral supply section. I got some at the Dollar store!
- Good fine scissors for small snips- I like these Westcott Scissors
- Leftover basket wrap (iridescent cellophane) like you use on Easter baskets
You cal also use bits of holographic gift wrap (the shiny plastic kind) and even stickers like Magenta Peel-offs or Dazzles!
The first thing you do is coat your piece of glass with a thin layer of MPDM- just a dot will do. Spread it around with your finger. Cut some small bits of cello to fit on top.
Tap the cellophane onto the tacky glass. Make sure it sticks without any bubbles. Use a pin to pop them or position the cellophane. Let it dry.
Then cut smaller bits- stripes or random shapes- and repeat the process. (Thin layers of MPDM work best and dry quickly.)
When you are satisfied, finish with a thicker coat of MPDM for a glossy, glass-like finish!
Remember that it goes on cloudy, but dries crystal-clear! And when it does, you’ll see all of those amazing, reflective layers!
This one only has 3 layers- and you can still see the texture of the cellophane wrap through the finish. I *love* the dimensionality!
(Yeah, I know dimensionality is a made-up word. But I like it.)
To finish off your pendants, you can wire wrap them or just glue on a fold-over or ankara-style bail and add your favorite chain or cording!
I gotta tell you, these are really fun and kind of addicting to make. It’s easy to work in a series and make a set of 4 or 5 at a time.
Plus you are saving trash from going into a landfill! I have a whole box of shiny bits just waiting to be used up.
I’d love to hear your thoughts or comments on this project- drop me a line! ; )
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