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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Dawn November 16, 2008 at 10:46 am

why not put the paper over the letter side, so the back is just plain wood?

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Anon August 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Its part of the decor, but you could use either side. The letter on the other side makes it look cool in my opinion.

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Stephanie D. November 16, 2008 at 11:52 pm

You won’t find the bails in any stores you would have to order it online i got mines on ebay, it’s quite expensive. You can find triple thick at hobby lobby, it’s like 3 bucks for the small one and 5 for the big one. I just started doing this and it’s super easy! I find that if you are handy with a exacto you can just mod prodge the tile to your paper and cut around the edges! I didn’t use special mod prodge i just used the regular one.
These make excellent rings!
You can get diamond glaze online too… it’s like 6 bucks. (ebay)

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KRISTIN November 17, 2008 at 1:21 pm

I’m having a Bloggy Open House tomorrow and I was wondering if I could use this post for a Make and Take. I would link back to you.

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Kristen November 17, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Has anyone ever used fabric instead of paper? I have some gorgeous scrap fabrics that I would like to use but I was unsure if this would work with the Diamond Glaze.

Thanks in advance!

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Michelle November 18, 2008 at 9:34 am

Do your images ever go blurry? I read somewhere to use clear nail polish to seal it first. Does anyone know if it will yellow? When I use Mod Podge I was getting some bleeding or a blurry effect after a few days. Any pointers?

Thanks!

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Monica November 19, 2008 at 4:24 am

Hi there!
I made a ton of scrabble tiles last night and woke up this morning to see that the paper had lifted from the sides of the tiles (on every one!). I used everything listed above for materials but replaced the Diamond Glaze with Ranger’s Glossy Accents. I had used it before with other tiles but for some reason this did not happen then. Please advise — how do I get the paper to stick to the tile without lifting?

Thank you so much for the help that anyone can provide!!! :)

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Monica November 19, 2008 at 9:37 am

Hi again everyone,
For those who have used Envirotex Lite, does that bubble???
Thanks,
Monica

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Sarah November 19, 2008 at 12:47 pm

This is a wonderful idea! I was so excited, so I instantly put a wanted request on freecycle and within a few days I received a broken box and board with tiles from someone who was going to throw it away! Off to go purchase the other items and get started on this amazing idea! I think this will be a great teacher gift, gift for distant friends that you never know what to get them and a small gift for someone you want to get something but never know what!!! :)

Thanks for the idea! I love your blog! Creative people are so inspiring!!!

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Stefani (HomeStudio) November 19, 2008 at 6:34 pm

Hi everyone! We are thrilled that you are all having so much fun making pendants. Are you all ready to come help us during the Christmas rush??!! :)

We’ve had a few questions that I’d like to answer here.

Q: Where do you find the glaze?
A: There are several places online that carry Diamond Glaze. http://www.ornamentea.com has some good prices or http://www.joann.com usually has it in stock.

Q: Lifting corners?
A: I place heavy cutting board or even a stapler on the back of the tile as the glue is drying. Just be careful that the tile doesn’t shift as you place your heavy object on it…otherwise the image won’t be centered. Sometimes a tile will be old and slick from wear. That will sometimes effect the glue & make it difficult to stick. I like using newer tiles – just my preference.

Q: Where do you find the bails?
A: There are several sellers on Etsy who sell Aanraku bails. Just type “Aanraku bails” into the search bar of Etsy.com and be sure to search under supplies.

It’s fun to personalize the pendants with the letter on the back. Just know that the bail sometimes hides a lot of the letter.

Hope that helps out some. Please let me know if you have other questions. Thank you!!

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Carrie December 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I just finished the Diamond Glaze step. I removed all bubbles during the application and returned to find there are now lots of tiny bubbles in the drying resin. Can I fix? Or what can I do next time to prevent bubbles from appearing after the fact?

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Nicole November 20, 2008 at 6:19 pm

I love this tutorial too!! I just “stole” 5 tiles from our family Scrabble game (don’t tell hubby!) to try it out and I love the results. I also used Triple Thick from Michaels and it worked fine. I used a different kind of bail that I bought at Michaels…I reshaped it to fit on the tile correctly. They were a whole lot cheaper than the nicer ones sold on ebay etc. I did have a lot of problem getting the super glue to hold it on, though. I have heard E6000 works better…anyone tried it?
Thanks again for a great tute!
Nicole

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Karen June 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I have done the E6000 but it is a lot longer process… you have to coat both pieces then let them dry then put together to adhere. It also stinks. But, it does work well.

PS… gorilla glue expands which DOES NOT WORK!

Karen

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Pamela November 21, 2008 at 9:25 am

I too was wondering about the great paper that you guys have. Where did you get it at because I’m not able to find that neat of paper at the scrapbook store. Thanks!

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baileytwinsmom November 22, 2008 at 6:26 pm

I love this idea and what a great find just in time for the holidays. I am going to gather all the supplies and make some of these as well but do have one question…
Has anyone tried to personalize these with creative lettering after the paper is applied to the tile and if so what is the best way to do that?
Any help or ideas that anyone has would be great. Thanks!

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NCJill November 23, 2008 at 7:05 pm

Just an FYI for ya….I was at Michaels today and found a whole pack of scrabble letters for $4.00. There are probably 50 or so in the pack. I also got some cute round ones with a letter on the back. The round ones have an adhesive backing, so they are cute as magnets too (these were near the woodworking isle).

Also, I could not find the Diamond Glaze, but found one made by Aleene’s called “paper glaze” for $4.00 (2 oz). I just put it on to some tiles I made yesterday, so hopefully I will know in the morning how they turn out. So far it looks like the right stuff.

Michaels also had some “silver” bails, 10-pack for $3.00. They are really cute with some black detail on them too. What fun!

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Erin October 1, 2011 at 1:06 am

I couldnt find any diamond glaze and was in a pinch so i decided to put a thick layer of tacky glue on. It actually worked pretty well.

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Marie November 25, 2008 at 10:04 am

Make sure to check out comment #34 for a few answers to questions. They come from Stefani the creator of the tutorial.

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Ria November 26, 2008 at 8:45 pm

I checked Joann.com and they sell bails online only for $1.49 each. There are 2 different sizes available in silver color and 1 size available in gold color.

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Ria November 28, 2008 at 6:27 am

I just checked JoAnn.com again today (Friday, 11/29) and the bails are down to $1.04 each and they are offering free shipping, no minimum purchase until 12/06 with code SCD001.

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Debbie November 30, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Does anyone else have a problem with their ink bleeding? I printed some clip art on both matte photo paper and regular white paper. It bled a lot more with the white paper. I’m using an inkjet printer. Do you think it might be that?

Love the tutorial, by the way!

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Melissa December 1, 2008 at 12:51 pm

Debbie –
Yes, the ink is bleeding because of the inkjet printer. I would suggest using laser print paper, and then setting the ink with an iron. You don’t actually iron the paper, just run the paper with printed side up over an iron so that the heat from it sets the ink.
Laser ink does not bleed because it is set this way.
The photo paper binds the ink more because people don’t want photos to bleed either, so they but chemicals on the paper to make it stay longer.

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Laura December 1, 2008 at 8:10 pm

in response to baileytwinsmom:

I have personalized them, I used the paper and on top of that I use a sticker initial in the middle, I also put lil colored rhinestones on them. I suggest putting the sticker letter on before Mod Podge. If you are going to put rhinestones, decide where you want them 1st then use the mod Podge then immediately put the rhinestones on, so they stick.

I made the mistake of putting mod Podge 1st then the sticker, then I had to go back and put mod podge to get the rhinestones on. It was tedious.

But the end result was great! I wish I could post pics on here.

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Kelsey December 3, 2008 at 7:28 pm

I have also had the problem of leaving dents in the finish even after it is “dry”. Is there any way to remedy this? Thanks for any help.

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Angelia December 10, 2008 at 12:16 am

In no way asking where you find your photos for the tiles. But, how or where do I go about finding ones? I am at a loss.

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Marie December 10, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Angelia – The designs for the tiles on this tutorial are from Home Studio, the creators of this tutorial. Go to http://www.homestudio.etsy.com

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Michelle Sybert December 10, 2008 at 5:47 pm

I just blogged about this awesome idea!

http://michellesjournalcorner.blogspot.com/2008/12/handmade-gift-wood-pendant-necklace.html

I used round discs and bails I found at Michaels ( I was too impatient to wait for the ones to ship from online!)

I ended up purchasing a scrabble game at Toys r us on sale for 7.99 (which is what it would have been with shipping had I bought them online)

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Joni December 11, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Does anyone know what the best software to use is for digital photos for these tiles. I know people are selling the collage on etsy. I would like something that allows me to set the parameters of the photo size so I can load the pics and it does the work for me. Instead I am having to waste paper and ink to keep adjusting and I never get it right.

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Debbie December 12, 2008 at 8:20 pm

I decided not to fudge around with my inkjet printer anymore, so I purchased a Samsung laser. But I’m having problems with the lines on the art not being very crisp. I didn’t have this problem with my inkjet. Any advice, suggestions, etc . . . ? Thanks much in advance.

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Shelly February 5, 2011 at 11:31 pm

If you go to etsy.com they have a shop on there that is called “Sun and Moon” that has microglaze which is for inkjet printings so that they do not run anymore. =) you can also go to http://www.microglaze.com.

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lucinda December 3, 2012 at 11:56 pm

I have purchased from Sun and Moon Crafts in Colorado Springs and they were wonderful :-)

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