Glass Pendants

by Dina Kowal

Preserve a memory or favorite image behind glass in a beautiful charm.


  • Image sized to your project (printed image, book page, photo, gel-printed, painted or stamped image - index image from Impression Obsession paper pack used here - please see video for more hints on paper choice)
  • Glass cabochon, slide, or flat-backed marble
  • Matching metal tray or metal jewelry bail
  • PVA glue (white liquid glue – Annie Howe’s Glamour Seal (Etsy) or Bearly Art Glue recommended)
  • Jewelry adhesive (E6000) or red liner sheet
  • Scissors
  • Rubbing alcoholand soft cotton cloth
  • Nonstick sheet (label release sheet used here)


  1. Step 1

    Prepare the image to be used for your pendant. It can be a printed image, a photo, or a painted or stamped image. Cut it to the approximate size or just slightly larger than your glass piece.

  2. Step 2

    Make sure your glass cabochon is clean on the back. Spritz with rubbing alcohol and wipe with a clean cotton cloth.

  3. Step 3

    Coat the back of the cabochon evenly with PVA glue, removing any visible air bubbles.

  4. Step 4

    Press the flat back of the glass piece firmly onto the image for about 10 seconds. Firm pressure will displace any air bubbles that may be trapped in the glue.

  5. Step 5

    Leave the piece to dry completely on a flat surface.

  6. Step 6

    Use scissors or a craft knife to cut away the excess glue and paper.

  7. Step 7

    Use strong glue (E6000 used here) or red liner tape adhesive to attach the cabochon to a matching tray or bail.

  8. Step 8

    When the glue has dried, use the pendant to embellish a keychain or piece of jewelry.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Glass Pendants. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Love this! I bought jewelry pieces like these with my sons' artwork when they were in elementary school, and they made great gifts for their grandmothers...especially treasured now that the youngest is heading off to college. I look forward to creating some pieces myself.
vgpeterson  |  Wed Aug 3, 2022 at 4:44 AM
Awesome. I found the perfect pieces at hobby lobby this morning and they were on sale!
muscrat  |  Wed Aug 3, 2022 at 10:31 AM
Fun project!
tjdstampsalot  |  Fri Aug 5, 2022 at 1:03 PM

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