DIY Glass Cabochon Necklaces

Posted by Adrianne Surian
Wear your own art, or use trendy scrapbook papers to make this fun necklace that shows off your personality!

Hey friends! Adrianne here with you today, and if you love wearing trendy accessories that show off your personality, then today's project is just for you! The jewelry elements are beginner-friendly, you just need you know your way around Mod Podge and your favorite scrapbook papers, specialty papers, or your own artwork to create these professional-looking DIY cabochon necklaces.

Here's what you will need:

  • Scrapbook paper (or your paper of choice) - I'm using papers from the Sizzix Fox Tales Collection
  • 1" Round Punch
  • Craft Fantastic Round Trays with Glass
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft Squeegee
  • E6000 or Heavy Duty Adhesive of your choice
  • 30 inches 2mm Chain
  • Lobster Clasp
  • 2 - 6mm Jump Rings
  • Chain Nose Pliers

First, choose your paper or design. You can get a good idea of how your piece will look by placing the glass on top of your paper, to ensure that it's a good size or that you can include the elements you like best!

Alternately, you can stamp, doodle, or color your own design! Just be sure the materials you use are water-resistant, or the colors may bleed when the Mod Podge is applied. Use your 1" paper punch to cut a perfect circle to use with the cabochon glass.

Next, add a large drop of Mod Podge to your paper circle on the design side. It should be enough that when the glass is applied, the adhesive reaches all the way to the edges of the glass. If you get too much, no worries! It will be more messy that way, but it won't affect your final piece. But if you don't have a seal all the way around the glass, it will show through when your cabochon is finished.

Place the flat side of the glass cab onto the top of your design. Twist it if necessary to ensure coverage over the entire surface of the paper. Once you have an even coat, turn the glass over. Use a craft squeegee (or if you don't have one handy, an old membership card or hotel card works too!) to squeeze out all the excess Mod Podge and ensure that the paper is adhered firmly to the glass. Pressing from the center toward each of the edges is the best way to keep your paper in place while you complete this step.

This step is messy. It's helpful to work on a craft mat or disposable surface. You won't be able to avoid getting Mod Podge on the top of your glass cab either, causing it to look cloudy. Don't worry about this! Just wipe off any big drips, and when it dries, thin coats of Mod Podge can be easily wiped away with a damp cloth so your cab will be nice and clear.

Allow your cabochons to dry (this step typically takes 30-60 minutes, but can be speeded up with the aid of a heat tool if you're in a hurry). Then, add a VERY small amount of E6000 to the metal tray. Spread it around with a cotton swab or brush to make the coat as thin and as uniform as you can. Place the glass cabochon in the tray, and ensure that it's aligned correctly before you set it aside to dry. I typically twist mine back and forth a couple times to make sure the adhesive is spread as evenly as possible under the cabochon.

Note: A little adhesive goes a LONG way. If you see dark or black spots through the glass once your piece has dried, it's because too much adhesive or not enough Mod Podge sealant were used. If the adhesive soaks through your paper it will cause spots. Try giving your next cabochon a heavier coat of Mod Podge on the backside to protect it, and cut back on the adhesive used. E6000 is very strong, so don't worry about losing your piece!

Finally, add a chain to your pendant! Because of the large size of these pendants, they look best when worn long! I like to add a 30" chain to my pieces, but this can be adjusted according to your own personal taste! For lengths over 25", you can even skip the clasp if you want, and attach the two ends of the chain together with a jump ring. The piece just slips over your head when you create the long lengths.

However, if you plan to make a shorter necklace or want the flexibility of the clasp, here's how to attach it. On one side of the chain, twist open a jump ring. Add the end link of the chain and the lobster clasp to the ring, and twist it closed with your chain nose pliers. On the opposite end of the chain, only the ring is necessary so tat the clasp has a large enough ring to attach to.

These beautiful necklaces look so much more complicated to make than they actually are! Experiment with photos, your own artwork, your favorite quotes and more.

Thanks for joining me for today's personalized jewelry project, and I'll see you all again soon! Happy crafting!