12.27.2009

Scrabble Tile Necklaces



This Christmas I made "Scrabble Tile Necklaces" for friends and family. I am pretty sure this trend started in Utah or has been in "Mormon Culture" for a while, but they just filtered here to the east coast so excuse me if this is old news! Below are a few images of one of the necklaces I made for myself of Autumn. I have never gotten so many compliments on a piece of jewelry before!







Here is a tutorial that I used when getting started. We purchased everything from Etsy.com (chains, tiles and bails) and Michaels.

Tips:
  • I used Photoshop to reduce and crop images to the appropriate size and printed them out on glossy finish photo paper. I reduced my images to 7/8" and 3/4".
  • Instead of using both modge podge and tacky glue, I used modge podge for everything. It attached the paper flawlessly to the tile and sealed the paper before adding the thick enamel.
  • Instead of Diamond Glaze as used in the tutorial, we used Envirotex. It is expensive and goes a long way - use a coupon and buy the smallest boxes you can find! You simply mix equal parts of the liquid included in the Envirotex kit and pour less than a pea sized amount onto the tile. My rookie mistake was mixing and pouring WAY too much onto the tile.
  • The tutorial way embellishes the amount of tile needed for everything to dry. I only waited a few minutes between adhering the paper and after sealing the top of it before adding the Envirotex. Allow the Envirotex to dry for at least 24 hours, and then add the bail.
  • Glue the bail to the letter side of the tile - this prevents the letter from showing through the paper and gives more texture for the glue/bail to be attached to.
  • Instead of a silver chain, different shades of ribbon work great as well!

2 comments:

  1. Thanks! I might just do this project in the future!

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  2. Those necklaces are great! The girls love theirs - I had to make Courtney take hers off to go to bed. =) Maybe at Spring Break we can make more!?? I'd love to do one for me with a pic of the kids.

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