A while ago I was lucky enough to thrift a box of mixed vintage glass chandelier crystals, which included about 80 lovely vintage prisms that are faceted on the front and flat on the back… just perfect for decoupage projects.
A few weeks ago I showed you my french inspired decoupaged chandelier crystal tree ornaments that I made.
When I went to write that post my tutorial photos were mysteriously gone. I think one of the cats must have deleted them. (Yah… that’s it. One of the cats did it.)
Anyway… today I’m sharing how to make a reverse decoupaged chandelier crystal pendant, which is the exact same process.
You’ll need some Mod Podge (I used a matte version because that’s what I had), a breyer, and some chandelier crystals with the flat backs. You could experiment with the crystals that are faceted on both sides, but I haven’t tried that yet.
You can use any graphic you like. I found this pretty french floral graphic on the Graphics Fairy site. I saved it to my computer, resized it to make it small, and printed it on good quality 20 bond white copy paper. I’ve also used watercolor paper, and that works well too.
Place your crystal on the graphic until you’re happy with its position.
Mark the outline of the crystal with a pencil. You’ll have to hold the crystal down firmly so it doesn’t move as you make your way around.
Unfortunately I only have two hands so I couldn’t take an action shot.
Here’s the pencil outline.
After you cut it out with scissors there may be some remaining pencil marks.
Simply remove them with an eraser. Be careful not to press too hard, and try not to handle the front of the image too much.
Spread a light coat of Mod Podge on the back of the crystal, including the faceted edges, and on the front of the image.
It’s very easy to spread too much MP here so be careful. If you use too much it’ll be oozing out everywhere.
Place the front of your image onto the back of the crystal.
Gently flatten the image on the back with your fingers and press into the faceted edges. Remove any excess Mod Podge that oozes out with a paper towel.
This is what the back looks like once the graphic is in place. Don’t worry if it doesn’t perfectly match the faceted outline of the crystal. Believe me when I tell you that it’s not going to be perfect no matter what you do.
Embrace the imperfection… and don’t stress it.
Handmade things don’t have to be perfect.
Then use the breyer, if you have one, to flatten out the graphic just to get rid of any wrinkles that may have formed. (This step may or may not be necessary depending on how it goes.)
I only use the breyer because I have it, and it does help to spread out the MP under the paper.
You’ll notice here that the image appears to have faded. That’s just because the Mod Podge hasn’t completely dried yet.
I always apply 3 light coats of Mod Podge to the back letting it completely dry in between. It’s important to apply the MP along the outside of the paper along the faceted edges to create a good bond and seal.
Again, remove any excess MP that gets on the crystal.
Once the back is done and competely dry use a toothpick to poke a hole in the paper where the chandelier crystal hole is.
Add any type of bail you like for hanging. I like to use pinch pendant bails. Make sure the paper is completely dry before attaching the bail or you might tear it.
To attach the bail you simply place each end into the hole on either side of the crystal and pinch the bail closed. It’s that simple.
And Voila. Just like that a unique piece of jewelry is born. I used a thrifted silver chain from my stash for hanging. I love how the facets on the front of the prism play with the image underneath. It looks a little different from different angles.
These could be personalized so easily, and would make fabulous gifts. The possibilities are only as limited as your imagination… which I know is limitless.
Thanks so much for reading. Merci beaucoup.
Sprinkle some sparkle somewhere today, and smile.
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