If you want to make some unique pendants to wear as casual jewelry items, then you should consider making your own face pendants using see-through glass cabochons. These pendants are simple to make using wholesale cabochons, some clear drying jewelry glue, a bezel pendant back and a photo of your choice. Here is how:
When it comes to buying wholesale cabochons for this project, it is important to find ones which are the right size for the bezel pendant backs which you choose. Before purchasing your bezel pendant backs, always check the diameter of your wholesale cabochons first. Although most people will choose clear and colorless cabochons for this, wholesale cabochons are available in a wide range of different colors. If you have time, you could try experimenting with different styles to see the unusual effects that this produces. You will also need to choose a face picture which is roughly the same size as the back of the cabochon. Whilst you may be able to find a perfectly sized picture of the face that you want to display, it may be easiest to resize the image on the computer, then have it printed off in the size which you need. You can either choose a real photographic image or you can choose a cartoon image.
Begin by placing one of the wholesale cabochons on to the section of the image which you would like to make into a pendant. Draw around the cabochon lightly in pencil, and then carefully cut the picture out. Lightly cover the image with the clear drying glue and carefully stick it to the flat side of the cabochon, taking care to make sure that there are no air bubbles or wrinkles in the picture. If any excess glue is squeezed out from under the image, carefully wipe it off of the cabochon before it dries. Once the photo is firmly glued onto the back of the cabochon, you can then put a dab of glue into the centre of the bezel pendant back and stick the cabochon down, wiping away any excess glue which is squeezed out of the sides. It may help the cabochon to stick firmly if you lightly clamp or weight it, so that it is firmly held in place until the glue has dried. It should now be possible to hook the completed face pendant onto your chosen necklace.
One alternative to using wholesale cabochons to make a face pendant is to make your own clay cabochon face. If you are artistically talented, it is easy to fashion a cheeky, cartoony face out of clay and smooth out the back like a cabochon. Once the clay is completely dry, you can then paint it. Clay sometimes requires more than one coat of paint and the addition of a glaze to make the paintwork look professional. These types of cabochons can also be attached to a bezel pendant back, if you want them to look like a modern twist on the traditional cameo style.
Use wholesale cabochons to make fun and funky jewelry. Wholesale cabochons are available online or from local craft supplies stores.