Dictionary Page Pendants

Last week, I had the exciting opportunity to guest post over at Crafty, Scrappy, Happy and to co-host Jaime’s fabulous Thursday linky party.  {By the way, if you haven’t linked up yet, click here to share your latest projects…can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to!}
Anyway, I shared this tutorial for how to make a dictionary page pendant.  Just in case you missed it, here’s how you can make a fun, one of a kind piece of jewelry that’s totally personalized.  It’s a great idea for Christmas gifts…
The necklace you see pictured is the one I made as a thank-you gift for Jamie since she was kind enough to share her blog and party with me!

printer/photo paper/photo software
beveled pendant
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic {I loooove this stuff!}
First, I had to choose a dictionary page and get it in printed form.  I didn’t want to cut up our actual dictionary, so I did the next best thing.
  I photographed the page I wanted.  I chose the definition for “craft.”  I really wanted “crafty,” but the way it fell on the page, the word was at the bottom of one column and the definition was at the top of the next.  Alas.  I got a little grumpy with this part because the flash blurred the words, but no flash gave me this dark image.  But, I knew I could fix it up with a little editing.
Then, I used my trusty Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 software to crop it to the size I needed, brighten it, boost the contrast, and apply a Time Machine effect.

I printed the image on matte photo paper, then trimmed it to fit inside my beveled pendant.  A little bit of Mod Podge on the bottom holds it in place.
Then, the fun part!  I squeezed one of my favorite supplies, Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, all over it to fill in the pendant.  Don’t worry, although it looks cloudy now, it dries totally clear!

At this point, all you have to do is let it dry and then add a chain and you have a finished pendant!
Or, if you’re an advanced {or adventurous} jewelry maker, you can get a little fancy.
While I waited for it to dry, I did a few other things to make it extra snazzy.
Optional Materials to jazz it up a bit:
crystals: your choice of colors
head pin
initial bead
26 gauge wire
jump rings
chain and clasp
jewelry pliers: needle nose and flat
wire cutters
 First, I decided to add some color using crystals.  I chose blue and yellow since they match the CSH blog theme.  I put them on a head pin, bent it 90 degrees, and trimmed it to about the length of my smallest fingernail.

Then, I used needle nose jewelry pliers to bend the wire into a loop.
I also wanted to add an initial for personalization.  I threaded 26 gauge wire through this “J” bead, twisted it, formed a loop, and wire wrapped it.

I put the crystals and the “J” on their own jump rings and attached those to the pendant.
Then, I added a chain, and TA-DA!  My gift is ready.
This is really a pretty simple project, and you can make it personal in so many ways.  You can use any definition you want, or you can substitute sheet music, a book page, a copy of a poem, a map, a photo…the possibilities are literally endless! 

Here’s the one I made for myself using the definition of “dance” and my favorite color, purple!

I also used this technique to create the Hope Pendant, which was part of the un-giveaway I’ve been bugging you about for days.
What definition and colors would you use?  If you make one, I’d love to see!
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33 comments on Dictionary Page Pendants

  1. AmieAnn
    October 24, 2011 at 11:21 AM (4 years ago)

    This is gorgeous! I just adore it! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!

  2. Denise :)
    October 24, 2011 at 12:35 PM (4 years ago)

    You know what would be a GREAT twist on this? To do a snippet of a child’s name with what the name means — tie in a couple of birthstone beads and that would be a great present for a new mommy (or grandmommy)! Thanks for the terrific idea! :)

  3. SpotOfTeaDesigns
    October 24, 2011 at 1:43 PM (4 years ago)

    Really love this! might have to make some of these for Christmas!

  4. MiMi
    October 24, 2011 at 3:31 PM (4 years ago)

    Omagosh. I LOVE this! I really really wanna start making jewelry but I feel like I might not be able to…like I’d be a jewelry making FAIL. BUT, that dimensional magic looks so easy! I love Mod Podge. LOVE. I might have to try this. :)

  5. Terry
    October 24, 2011 at 5:53 PM (4 years ago)

    I must look for the mod podge dimensional magic the next time I’m out. This is such a neat idea and turns out so pretty each time you do it.

  6. Jamie
    October 25, 2011 at 1:54 AM (4 years ago)

    Very cool! I love the little embellishments you added to the already-awesome pendant! I seriously love this! Thank you so much for linking up to MYM!

    For Love of Cupcakes

  7. Tammy
    October 25, 2011 at 5:06 AM (4 years ago)

    I love this! Sooo Cute! The Dimensional Magic is still on my craft to-do list. This is great inspiration. Thanks for sharing it!

  8. doğumgünü hediyesi
    October 25, 2011 at 10:04 AM (4 years ago)

    Yesterday, I bought lot of stone from web and made earing from your blog idea. My sister like and today is her first day of collage, and wear that with matching dress.

  9. The Answer Is Chocolate
    October 25, 2011 at 2:12 PM (4 years ago)

    I love this idea! Saw your link over at homework and had to come check it out. Brilliant!

  10. BigBearswife
    October 25, 2011 at 3:02 PM (4 years ago)

    oh my gosh! I love that soo soo much! I can’t wait to make this!

  11. Nif
    October 25, 2011 at 11:38 PM (4 years ago)

    What a great tutorial! I think I may make some of these for Christmas gifts this year. Such a clever idea to take a picture of the dictionary page!

    Nif @ http://www.call-me-nif.blogspot.com

  12. Beverly {Flamingo Toes}
    October 26, 2011 at 5:50 PM (4 years ago)

    This is super cute!! I love the pendants – and the little embellishments of the beads is so cute too!!

  13. June Scott
    October 27, 2011 at 2:23 AM (4 years ago)

    Great ideas, Amy! I love the bling you added at the top of the pendant. So many different ways you could personalize this for friends and family! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Jamie
    October 27, 2011 at 6:32 PM (4 years ago)

    SUPER cute!!! i’m not sure what word i’d use- but it would be a great gift for my sister, she loves necklaces :)

  15. Nicole@Thrifty Decorating
    October 27, 2011 at 6:52 PM (4 years ago)

    I just love this and would love to feature it next week. Thanks so much for linking!!

  16. Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com
    October 29, 2011 at 3:50 AM (4 years ago)

    What a great idea! I love the look of things made from dictionaries! Thanks for sharing this week!

  17. Toni
    October 29, 2011 at 7:49 AM (4 years ago)

    Very neat! I love it!

  18. Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com
    October 29, 2011 at 5:36 PM (4 years ago)

    Just stopping by to let you know I am featuring this today @TheGunnySack!

  19. Katie's Nesting Spot
    November 3, 2011 at 3:30 AM (4 years ago)

    Hi Amy! Love the pendants and how you chose a word to highlight. Thanks for joining us as A Crafty Soiree, I’ve featured your project this week.

  20. Revi
    November 4, 2011 at 5:03 PM (4 years ago)

    Love this! I haven’t see the dimensional Mod Podge, but would love to try it! Thanks for the tip. Your charms are awesome!

  21. June Scott
    November 9, 2011 at 2:12 AM (4 years ago)

    Hi Amy! Your idea inspired me to share your version in my Inspired Noel series on my blog today! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  22. Holy Craft
    January 2, 2012 at 3:12 AM (4 years ago)

    I love this! I just pinned it and hope to get to it sometime in 2012! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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  24. HoardersFan
    November 15, 2013 at 6:18 PM (2 years ago)

    Thank you so much for this! I’ve been looking for how to do this, but I could only find links to Etsy. Where did you find the pendant? I’m very new at this!

    • dancers4life
      November 15, 2013 at 7:34 PM (2 years ago)

      I got the pendant at Hobby Lobby!


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