Scrabble Tile Pendant Tutorial

I’m excited to share this tutorial for Scrabble Tile Pendants from Mark and Stefani at HomeStudio. They’ve so graciously provided this how-to for making these lovely pendants to all of us crafters. These pendants are great for necklaces, charms, and gifts to give. To purchase these pendants with HomeStudio’s one of a kind designs, please visit their Etsy shop.

Scrabble Tile Pendant Tutorial

Supplies needed: · Paper · Scrabble Tiles · Scissors · Craft Glue · Metal File · Mod Podge · Small Paint Brushes · Utility Knife · Diamond Glaze · Super Glue · Small Aanraku Jewelry Bails in Silver

Step 1:
Choose your paper wisely! I use a template card, a little template on an index card with a hole the size of a scrabble tile. That way when I shop for paper, I can see if the pattern will fit the tile. You can use almost
any paper you find; scrapbook paper, card stock, Japanese Washi paper, origami paper, gift wrap, even lightweight recycled greeting cards. Everything will become a possibility, so experiment. Using a light box (or holding your paper to the window), use your template card and trace the pattern for your tile. Trim the paper about a 3/4” to 1/2” around your outline. Allow enough excess paper so you can hold the paper while spreading the glue.

Step 2:
Using a paint brush and your light box, “paint” a thin layer of glue (I use Tacky Glue) onto the back of your paper. Place your tile in the box, being sure to notice which way is up so your letter isn’t upside down when you’re finished. I like using a thin glue.

Step 3:
After about 10-20 minutes your glue should be dry. Using a utility knife, carefully trim around the outside of the tile being careful not to cut the tile in the process. The wood is pretty soft.

Step 4:
Gently file the edges of the paper to be smooth and flush with the side of the tile. Since the wood is soft, be careful not to file too hard. You may want to experiment with different types of metal files in order to find the one you like best. The one I use is a medium grit file.

Step 5:
Now you need to seal the paper. Use a paint brush to apply a thin layer of Mod Podge. I like to seal the top and all sides. Let that dry for 10-20 minutes. I like to lay my tiles on wax paper so the glue doesn’t stick to my work surface. A cookie sheet lined with wax paper works perfectly!

Step 6:
Once the Mod Podge is dry, it is time to apply the Diamond Glaze. Do NOT shake the glaze. First, I like to make a little dot on my wax paper. The first dot usually has a bubble & I’d rather have it on the wax paper than on my tile. Holding the bottle at an angle, apply the glaze around the edges and then fill in the middle.  Be sure to get close to the edges. The glaze shouldn’t roll off the edge, but in case it does, just file it off when the whole thing is dry. If you get a bubble, which will happen, just use your fingernail to pull it off the tile. You can use a needle, but I find that is harder to do. Diamond Glaze is water soluble, so it just washes off with soap and water. Now let your tile dry for a minimum of 4 hours. Dry your tile in a cool place where it won’t get bumped by anyone.
UPDATED:
I let mine to fully cure 3 days before packaging it. The glaze manufacturers may suggest less time but to be safe, plan on 3 days.

Step 7:
Now attach the silver bail. Hold the bail with your fingers, put a drop or two of glue and hold the tile in place. I like to use Super Glue because then it’s stuck “forever”! The only down side, is that if the bail isn’t exactly centered, it’s tricky to remove. In seconds, it’s attached and ready to go!

Step 8:
Now to clean up any rough edges. Get your metal file again and smooth down any rough edges and excess glue. Now you’re finished! Enjoy your pendant.

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scraphag (Casey Toney) September 2, 2008 at 12:18 am

this is just a darling idea. thank you for posting a tutorial!

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Katie September 2, 2008 at 11:31 am

I’m heading to Michael’s now to pick up the supplies I don’t have so I can try this out. thanks for sharing!!

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Katie September 2, 2008 at 11:32 am

Oh, one question, do you buy the scrabble tiles somewhere or just use them from an old game?

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Katherine Black November 10, 2010 at 10:55 am

Katie,
If you go on the Hasbro Customer Service website, http://www.hasbro.com/customer-service/ , there is a link to where you can buy replacement parts. All you have to do is fill out the form for whichever game you need, in this case it would be Scrabble, and you can get as many pieces as you want without buying the whole game.

A fellow curious web surfer,
Katherine

P.S.
They come in packs of 100. (U.S. or Canada)

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mj mauger November 23, 2010 at 7:30 am

Thanks for the heads up on tiles

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The Rowdy Girl July 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm

THANK YOU! That Hasbro replacement parts link will help me more than you will ever know! RG

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Debbie October 29, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Michael’s sells those tiles too! (In the wood section, usually by the Lara’s crafts)

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Amber September 11, 2012 at 8:50 am

I went to Value Village and another local 2nd hand store and bought a used game at each store, one for a dollar and the other for 2.99. I couldn’t believe it when I saw the tiles for sale at an antique store for 50 cents each!

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Marie September 3, 2008 at 9:13 pm

Katie – From my experience, I know people who’ve purchased a new game set and then had tons of necklaces to make. I’ve also heard of people looking at thrift stores or garage sales for the Scrabble game. I actually wonder if anyone is still playing the game or just making fun crafts!

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Christie June 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I agree that this is a great earring idea! And Marie – there are DEFINITELY people still playing it, check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Scrabble_Championship
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Word_Freak_(book)

:)

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Kellie September 8, 2008 at 9:20 pm

Thanks for the great idea. I just used it tonight as a craft activity for the MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) group I lead and it’s an understatement to say it was a HUGE hit!

As a side note, I was not able to easily find Diamond Glaze, but a found another product called “Triple Thick” at Joann which seemed to work well as a substitute.

As an answer to the question about the tiles, I was able to order them from Hasbro. Search around on the website for replacement tiles. There were also several postings on Ebay.

I’m new to your website and absolutely love it – thank you!

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BamaCat September 9, 2008 at 1:12 am

You can order just the tiles from Hasbro.
They are fairly cheap.
Like 5-6 bucks for a bag of them.
They have wood & onyx ones. :o)

http://www.hasbro.com/default.cfm?page=cs_parts

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ginger September 13, 2008 at 11:43 am

Wonderful tutorial can’t wait to try it be a great gift.
hugs ginger

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Kristen October 6, 2008 at 8:23 pm

The paper you used is gorgeous! Where do you find it? I have several stacks and none of it is as cute and vibrant as yours. My favorite is the pink one with two owls :)

Thanks!

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Tia Jones October 12, 2008 at 8:54 am

As a paper and scrabble lover. This post rocks. I will be adding a little flair to my scrabble board.

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Nina Jay October 20, 2008 at 7:09 am

When using the Diamond Glaze, how much should we use? I checked to see if the tile had dried a day after I put the glaze on, and it looks dry but makes dents on the glaze if I poke it. Any suggestions?

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Marie October 21, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Nina Jay – It’s hard to answer how much glaze to use. But let me tell you how I put it on… I go around the edges first and then fill in the center. Then I add another squeeze in the middle. I let my pendants dry for 2 days before I send them out – 3 if it’s humid. Even now, if I push my fingernail into the glaze, it’ll leave a dent. Even pendants I made a few weeks ago will still leave a dent from my nail.

If there is a dip in the center of the pendant when it’s dry, then try using more glaze. If it’s milky in the center, try using a little less.

Hope this helps. :) Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.

Stef & Mark

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hatty October 3, 2011 at 1:26 am

has anyone used …. ice liquid – have a whole new bottle waiting to be used

hatty

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Crystal October 24, 2008 at 8:01 pm

Thank you so much! FYI…I picked up Scrabble today at the Goodwill for $1.99. I can’t wait to get to work on making these as holiday gifts!

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kittyanydots October 25, 2008 at 8:49 pm

thanks so much! i’ve designed graphics for pendants and have been wanting to try making pendants too! this is just what i needed! :)

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Melbell October 29, 2008 at 8:25 pm

I just finished making a couple of pendants and they are still sitting there wet but looking really good so far.

I went to and/or called three different large art/craft store and was unable to lay my hands on diamond glaze…no one had ever even heard of it. Not wanting to order it on the net and have to wait I used a clear bar-coat type material that dries to a very hard glass-like finish. It’s the stuff they use on bar tops to make it smooth and shiny. It’s by Enviro-tex and it’s a two part mix so it’s a pain to clean up the tools afterward but it’s nice and thick so you can push it right to the edge of the tile without it glopping over.

Also a couple of other tips I found. I used index cards as my “drop cloth”, one for each scrabble pendant, and stuck the scrabble tile to it with REMOVABLE double sided tape (make sure you don’t use the “permanent”). then I drew a little arrow indicating which side of the tile was up since I couldn’t see the letter side anymore. If you get a good stick with the tape it gives you AWESOME leverage for maneuvering the tile and being able to pick it up easily without getting your fingers in the mod podge or in the resin. Also I used a pen to write down on it when i put on the resin so I will know how long it’s been on there without having to remember! :) The index cards also make a good solid white backdrop if you want to draw a design for you pendant or use stickers.

Another thing I came up with is if you have to mix your own resin, use a dropper (i found mine in the cake decorating isle at Hobby Lobby) to squeeze the mix onto the tile. This gives you the same control that you get from that pointy tip on the Diamond Glaze bottle, and it wasn’t as hard to clean out as I thought it would be. Make sure not to be shy about pushing the resin or whatever all the way to corners of the tiles, i can already see that I didn’t make QUITE to the edge of the corner on one of mine…no one else in the whole wide world would ever notice it, but i see it and it’s starting to bug me lol. As long as you are using a thick compound and being careful, you won’t push it over the side.

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Grandma Jani November 5, 2008 at 2:51 am

Those are darling. They remind me of the charms that have fun poetry and old fashioned pictures on them. They sell them, along with the really long key chain metal necklaces at boutique shops. They also have initials in fun fonts on the tiles. I don’t think you will ever run out of ideas for your blog; my clever daughter-in-law!! :)

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Penny November 5, 2008 at 10:40 pm

This is great! Thanks so much. Not sure I’ll have the patience, but deft. going to visit her Etsy shop! :) Thanks again.

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Leslie November 8, 2008 at 8:53 am

AWESOME tut! I was wondering what type of paper you use? Do you use anything special? If I am printing images from my computer would regular computer paper work?

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Sasha November 10, 2008 at 9:57 am

These are clever and cute! I have so many scrabble tiles to actually do this with! Thanks for posting.

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Kendra November 11, 2008 at 12:36 am

Thank you so much for this! I have been eyeing these necklaces for a while now. I love how graphic they are! These will make great gifts because they are homemade, but don’t look very homemade.

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Stephanie November 11, 2008 at 8:03 pm

I just love those scabble tile pendants. I am going to try my hand on those and give them to my nieces… Great job!!!

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Corinna November 12, 2008 at 9:05 am

This is a GREAT tutorial. I can also speak from experience that Home Studio’s pendants are beautiful and very well done. I recently bought 3 of them, 1 for myself and 2 for gifts, and I’m going to go back and probably buy some more later!

Corinna http://www.myscrapbooklife.com

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LuLu November 12, 2008 at 7:49 pm

I have a collection and passion for necklaces. this is fantastic.I have 3 little daughters that I want to make these for. plud great teacher gifts…if I don’t make them I have to buy them!!thanks so much for the tutorial I am a wee bit crafty but some in blog land are incrediable that I feel a bit untalented!

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Gina November 13, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Great tutorial! I am a visual learner and really appreciate all your photos and step-by-step instructions. Thanks!

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Jinx November 14, 2008 at 7:17 am

Thanks SO much for the tutorial! Now my daughter can make personalized gifts for ALL her friends this Christmas without breaking the budget!!

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Jan November 15, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Hi

I love these pieces. I have a few questions.

1. Do you leave the letter for the back?
2. I can’t find Diamond Glaze or Triple Thick.. not at Michaels or Jo Anns.. is there anything else? I looked at everything and it nothing seemed right to me.
3. I cannot find the bails you show here at either store. I assume they are silver. Where do you get yours?

THanks
I can’t wait to make some!

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