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I had no idea what I was going to do with them when I bought them but they were too cool to pass up. But when I came across them this time it hit me. Glass Pendants. I've seen those long glass tiles that they sell at the craft store (24 for around $6) that you decorate with paper or photos and then slide into the metal frames with built in hoop (3 for $6) for an instant pendant necklace. I thought there must be a way to make a pendant necklace from these vintage scientific slides. I would have just bought the metal frames but my slides were about 1/4 inch too long. Drats! So I played around and did some jewelry research. I definitely stepped out of my crafting comfort zone on this one but I'm glad I did.
These were a little time consuming but I like the way they turned out...so I'm going to sell them ( I really don't need around 80 glass pendants). Of course I'll keep some for myself and I already gave one to my mom.
This is how I did it:
1. Clean the slides with soapy water.
2. Decorate: I went the fast and easy route with this step so I used some tissue tape by Tim Holt. It runs about $9 (but of course I used my 40% off coupon). It came with two rolls. One was dictionary like page writing and the other sheet music. Just right for me. This stuff is great. It sticks right to the slide and easily tears off and looks great overlapped. And you get a lot...I have plenty left over.
3. Seal the pendant. You can use Diamond jewelry sealer that you can get at the craft store or just use Modge Podge like me.
4. Warning: This is the step that takes time, at least when you are making 80 of them! You will need to get some Aluminum foil tape wrap (found at the craft store). It has adhesive on one side so you can stick it right to the tile. The hard part is getting the tape to line up just right so that it wraps around the front and back of your tile evenly and stays straight.
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