I found the clear acrylic cabochon covers some years ago. It took me some time to figure out what they were called.
They are sold for stamping and altering, so if you need to buy some, they are readily available online. If I had my druthers, I’d go for an oval but alas, circles were all I had on hand. Here’s a quick and easy tutorial for making these little pendants.
1) Start by gathering your supplies. You will need the cabochon cover, small double stick tape, something to go inside the pendant, paper, wire and thin chipboard. Those are essential for making the project. Add to that anything else you might want to use like fancy trim, metal tape, ribbons, etc. You get the idea. You will also need the standard like adhesive or glue and scissors.
2) First, you need to make a chipboard sandwich using the paper you want on the inside of the pendant and what ever you want for the back of the pendant. Use your adhesive to stick the sandwich together. The chipboard makes it more stable than it would be alone. This will be the foundation for the pendant.
3) Trace around the cabochon with a pencil.
4) Then cut out the circle on the inside of your pencil line. This needs to be pretty clean so that your paper circle will line up perfectly with your cabochon.
5) Built your goodies up in the center of the paper circle. Be mindful that the cabochon will have to fit over it. I had to tweak mine a couple of times because I was adding too much stuff. You also need to make sure that everything is really glued down because once you put the lens on, you won’t want it to move.
6) This should really be around step 4, but EVERY SINGLE TIME, I forgot to add it until now. Take a little piece of wire and twist it making a loop.
7) Then glue it inside the chipboard sandwich. Make it as flat as possible by smashing it down.
8) Place the cabochon down over the paper and goodies. Cut your double stick tape to a length that will fit the circumference of the pendant. If you cut a “v” on both ends, you can overlap the wire loop for complete coverage.
9) Cut your trim or wire tape in the same manner as above.
10) Then carefully wrap it over the double stick tape. I’ve found that I prefer the look of less coverage on the front and more on the back. It looks neater that way.
11) Using a flat tool, push the wire tape down on to the double stick adhesive tape. Flatten and smooth it out.
Your pendant is done. Now you can add charms, ribbon, or a chain. I’m bent on making some more of these with jewelry grade metals.
I’ve used up all of my cabochon now. It only took me 8 or so years, but I finally did it. Now I want more.