Occasionally, I like to pretend I’m a creative person, and I find something on Etsy (usually in somewhere far away like Canada!) and I think “I wonder if I could make that instead”. That’s basically what started this project – I found a few I liked online, but none that were absolutely perfect, and I wanted to make my own!
They were surprisingly easy – after I found my images it took me less than twenty minutes to make all three – so I’m telling you how I did it in case you want to give it a go (you know you do!)
You will need:
- Glass cabochons
(I used 19mm ones bought on ebay)
- Images the same size as your cabochons
- Bezels for your cabochons
(I used glue from the jewellery section of a craft shop, but others report good results from standard PVA)
- Jump rings & pliars
(may or may not be required depending on your bezel)
What to do:
Step 1: Find your images
This is the fun, but also tricky, bit! I had so many ideas, it took me a long time to pinpoint my first few images (and I can definitely see how this could be addictive!)
I chose to make mine in Photoshop, but you could also try using magazine images or (if you’re brave!) pages from an old book .
Cut them out to the same size and shape as your cabochons and you’re ready for step 2!
Step 2: Check your images & cabochons fit
Check your cut out image, and your cabochon, fit into your bezel well! As you can see above, my bezel was a tiny bit too big (perhaps 20mm), but I naively thought I’d stick the cabochon central and you wouldn’t be able to tell…
See the Harry Potter quote at the top? I should have measured better!
Step 3: Stick it all together!
This bit is really really easy! Use your paintbrush to coat the inside of the bezel with a little bit of the glue, and stick your cut out image in. Then coat the back of the cabochon with some more glue and stick it on top of the image!
You could stick the image to the glass first but I found it hard to get the glass centrally over the image and to make sure the image was at the right angle within the frame.
Step 4: Leave it to dry
I gave mine around 24 hours to be sure they were dry. Any glue I’d managed to get in the wrong place came off easily with my finger nails, but if you’re struggling I suspect a little nail varnish remover and a cotton bud would do the job.
Step 5: Add a jump ring (optional), thread it on a chain & wear!
If your bezel doesn’t have one, add a jump ring to the top so that you can thread it onto a chain.
Thread it onto a chain (or cord, or choker, or whatever else suits your style).
Wear and show your fandom pride!