Tutorial: How To Make A Scrabble Tile Pendant
I have been making my Scrabble tile pendants for over a year now and I wanted to share my process with buyers and fellow crafters! These fun, funky and kitschy pendants are a cinch to make if you have the patience.
Whether you're making a Scrabble tile pendant for yourself, as a gift, or to sell to the public, they are always a hit because they're so nostalgic. Scrabble tiles make great favours for wedding and baby showers because the possibilities for designs are endless.
Firstly, you'll want to find well priced Scrabble tiles that are in good condition. Where do you find them? Garage sales, closets of family members, ebay, or you can even buy new Scrabble games and use the pieces directly. Beware of new games - some may use plastic Scrabble tiles instead of wood ones. The older the Scrabble tile, usually the better quality it is.
Here are my step-by-step instructions on how you can create your own Scrabble tile pendant:
Things You Will Need:
- A wood Scrabble tile
- A bail (gold or silver - your preference)
- An image to fit the Scrabble tile (preferably laser printed)
- Mod Podge (either ready-made or mixed yourself)
- Diamond Glaze or a good, clear Epoxy
- E3000 or Loctite Superglue
- Exacto Knife
- Flat container with lid
- Small metal file
Make Your Own Mod Podge
You will need:
- A Jar with a lid
- White Craft Glue
In a jar, add 50% white craft glue with 50% water. Shake. You're done!
Prepare your Scrabble tile by making sure that it's free of dirt or other residue. Set aside.
Cut out your image that you will want to use on your Scrabble tile pendant, making sure that you cut it larger than the actual Scrabble tile.
Use your Mod Podge to affix your image to your Scrabble tile with a paint brush. Leave to dry for approximately 5-10 minutes.
Use a sharp (I repeat SHARP!) exacto knife to carefully cut the excess paper around the edges of your Scrabble tile on all 4 sides.
Apply a good coat of Mod Podge to the top of your image. Depending on the image, I sometimes put a second coat on after the first one has dried. This will avoid any spots or bleeding on your image when you apply your glaze.
After your Mod Podge coat has completely dried, you're ready to apply your glaze. You can either use a 2-part epoxy or ready-made Diamond Glaze by Judikins. Be warned that if you choose to mix a 2-part epoxy, it is pone to developing bubbles. Using an applicator bottle or a wood pick, apply your glaze evenly over your image working from the outside edges inwards. If you feel that you haven't added enough, let dry (for approximately 24 hours) and apply more glaze.
Use E3000 or Loctite to fasten your bail to the back of your Scrabble tile, making sure it's even and centred. You can use a small metal file to remove any glue that may smudge when you apply your bail.
And you're done! You now have a fabulous and fashionable Scrabble tile pendant!
DO'S & DON'TS
DON'T wash your Scrabble tiles by leaving them in water. Simply use a damp cloth and lightly pat the tile. Remember that the tiles are wood and tend to warp if immersed in water.
DO cover your Scrabble tile pendant with a bowl or encasing them in a container while they dry. You won't want any dust or other debris landing on your freshly glossed tiles.
DON'T cut your image too small before you place it on your Scrabble tile. Some tiles are a little larger or smaller than others. By trimming the image slightly after you've glued it to the tile, you'll ensure your image fits perfectly.
DO use a laser printer if you are planning on printing off your own images. I find an ink jet prints tend to smudge or bleed when you apply the mod podge and diamond glaze. I also find that laser printers give a crisper look.
DON'T shake your glaze or epoxy bottle as this will create bubbles, making it hard to remove them once you've applied it to your tile.
DO use a small metal file to file any glue or glaze that may have dripped. You may also want to use a jewellery polishing cloth to buff your Scrabble tile.