When Plaid asked us if we’d like to make a video for them showing how to use Mod Podge to make jewelry, we said, “Absolutely!” We love Mod Podge and loved the idea of sharing our best tips and tricks for using it to make a Mod Podge picture pendant. So they sent us Mod Podge Gloss and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and then just let us get creative! We had a blast!
Here’s the video we made for Plaid and all the step by step instructions you’ll need to make your own Boho Charm Necklace with a picture pendant.
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How To Make Boho Charm Necklace With A Mod Podge Picture Pendant
Materials To Make The Mod Podge Picture Pendant
Materials To Make The Boho Charm Necklace
Mod Podge Picture Pendant
27″ length of chain, antique copper
3 Jump rings, antique copper
S-hook clasp, antique copper
2 Daisy spacers, 4mm
1 Bird charm, antique copper
1 Flower bead, pink
1 Round crystal bead, 3mm, clear
1 Round crystal bead, 3mm, silver
1 Crystal bicone, 3mm, raspberry
Making The Mod Podge Picture Pendant
1. Start by picking out your photo for the pendant. We found this charming image of two old timey ballerinas on Graphics Fairy, but you can use any image you like. Resize it to fit the pendant blank, then have it printed on a Laser printer on regular paper. We find that thicker paper like cardstock just doesn’t work as well as regular printer paper. Cut out the picture to fit in the pendant blank.
2. Laminate the picture using Mod Podge Gloss. To do this, paint a coat of Mod Podge Gloss on the front of the picture and let it dry. Then paint a coat on the back. Let the picture dry completely.
3. Use the double-stick tape to adhere the picture to the pendant blank.
4. Now we’re ready to apply the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. And here’s one of our Mod Podge Dimensional Magic tips: Don’t shake the Dimensional Magic! It introduces bubbles and we don’t want bubbles. Squeeze Dimensional Magic all over the surface of the picture and up to the edges of the pendant blank allowing it to dome up.
5. If you have any bubbles, you can use the needle to pop them.
Or make a scoop with a piece of paper. Use the needle to push the bubble into the scoop so you can remove it. Let the pendant dry overnight. You can test it by poking the side with the needle to see if it is all set up. But leaving it overnight should do the trick!
Making The Necklace
6. To get started making the necklace, make three bead dangles. For the first one, slide a daisy spacer, the pearl, and a daisy spacer onto a headpin.
Next, make a wrapped loop in the headpin. To do this, grasp the headpin wire above the last bead using the round-nose pliers.
Pull the end of the headpin wire over to make a 90-degree bend.
Reposition the pliers to the top of the bend and pull the wire around the pliers to make a partial loop. (You’ll be pulling in the opposite direction of the 90-degree bend.) Reposition the bottom jaw of the pliers into the loop and pull the tail around to make a complete loop.
Use the round-nose pliers to grasp the loop.
Then pull the tail of the wire around the neck of the headpin two times.
Trim the end of the wire with the wire cutters. Make a pink flower dangle and a bird charm dangle using the same technique by feeding the beads onto a headpin, then making a wrapped loop.
7. To assemble the necklace, start by putting a jump ring onto the pendant. To do this, open a jump ring using two pliers.
Grasp the jump ring with the two pliers, one on each side of the opening in the jump ring. Rotate the pliers so one side pushes up toward the ceiling and the other side pushes down toward the table.
Slide the Mod Podge Picture Pendant you just made onto the open jump ring. Then close the jump ring.
8. Drop the end of the chain through the three bead dangles and the Mod Podge Picture Pendant. We put two of the dangles on one side of the pendant and one on the other.
9. Next put a jump ring on one end of the chain using a jump ring. Open the jump ring using the same two-plier technique.
10. Open the last jump ring and use it to attach the clasp to the other end of the chain.
Close the jump ring.
Here’s what the clasp looks like clasped! And here’s the finished necklace.
We love love love how our picture pendant turned out and the way it looks with the charms. So cute! We hope our video gets you excited about making your own picture pendant using Mod Podge. It’s really fail-proof. But if you have any questions at all about the project, we are here to help you. Just leave us a comment and we’ll reply. We love hearing from you!
Jennifer & Kitty