Scrabble Tile Necklace

There's a wealth of crafting ideas out there that use scrabble tiles. I just happen to have an incomplete set of scrabble tiles that came from my husband's I thought I'd give one of those ideas a try.
You will need the following:
pictures, clip art, or scrapbook paper
your favorite paper glue (I used rubber cement but mod podge or Tom Bow mono multi glue would work well too)
an emery board or fine sandpaper
flat-backed bails (available at most craft stores)
glue for the bail (I used E6000 but super glue would also work well)
cording or a chain for the pendant

Start out by finding some good pictures or art that you want to put onto a pendant. I found some art using a Google search. Remember that art found this way should only ever be used for personal use. An even better option would be to use some of your own photos or art or you could use scrapbook paper or images from magazines. At any rate, print out (or cut out) whatever you want to put on your pendant. I used Word (since it has a feature that allows you to see exactly how large your pictures are in inches) to print the images out. Scrabble tiles are about 18 mm wide by 20 mm tall, but there are slight variations, so you may want to measure them out before printing your designs. The usually end up being about .8 inches tall by .7 inches wide.

Cut out your paper and glue it on to the tile using rubber cement or mod podge. Once the paper has dried. Use a piece of fine sandpaper or an emery board to smooth off your edges.

Next, apply a layer of paper glaze or dimensional magic to your scrabble tiles covered in paper. The paper glaze will go on cloudy and turn clear as it dries. Pop any large bubbles with a toothpick and use a lighter to pop small bubbles while the glue is wet. It will take several hours for the glue to dry to a clear finish.

When it's all dry, there will be a clear coat of glue that's almost like a shellac.

Then you can apply the bail (I got these bails at Michael's) with some E6000 or super glue. I used the E 6000 because it allows you to wiggle the bale around and make sure it's on centered.

When the glue dried, I strung up my Eiffel Tower pendant with faux suede cording. You could easily swap out the cording for a chain or ribbon--whatever you have on hand.

The most expensive part of this craft is the bails so you may want to opt to order those online. It's a fun and fast way to turn just about any small image into a necklace. I can't wait to make more!


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