2018 New Lilly D's Making Pendant Trays with Glass Cabochons Tutorial

2018 New Lilly D's Making Pendant Trays with Glass Cabochons Tutorial.

Pendant Tray Tutorial

New 2018 Lilly D’s Pendant Tray Tutorial with Glass Cabochons

Hello everyone! This is Sonya and I will be walking you through this tutorial. As one of the owners here I feel it is always important to make sure our customers are given the best instructions possible when learning or refining their craft. This will be the third update we have done on making pendant tray necklaces since we started Lilly D's almost seven years ago. If you have read our previous tutorials you will notice that this tutorial addresses potential issues you can run into like your pieces turning blue from oxidization, or your glass pulling away from your image after it has dried. This tutorial will be fairly in depth and it will also supply you links to all the items you will need when first getting started. Our goal is to have the most in depth instructions possible so that you can create pieces that last a very long time.


There are some common crafting items that we do not stock that you'll need and some you may or may not choose to utilize, but we will provide you suggested Amazon links just in case.

  • Scissors- A simple pair of good scissors for trimming is all that is needed for cutting out your images. If you you're looking for some good ones I like to use these fairly inexpensive titanium sets you can find by clicking here.
  • Xacto Knife- This will be used for trimming your images. You can use hole punches (we do not sell) for a few basic sizes of pendant trays, but we prefer hand trimming our pieces because it allows us more control over our pieces. If yo do not have one at home we would suggest this one.
  • Nail File- This will be used to get rid of excess paper and give your pieces a professional finish. You can use fine sand paper or any nail file you have at home. I like to use these washable emery boards when I make my pieces.
  • Disposable Paint Brush- These will be used to apply your glue or glaze to the back of your image and tray. You can use any old paint brush as long as your are ok with spending time cleaning them. We prefer these cheap disposable ones simply out of convenience.
  • Paper- Paper is one of the most important supplies you will need. It can amke or break your project. If you get to light of paper your image can bleed and wrinkle. If you get to heavy of paper your printer may not feed the paper correctly. Our preference is a non glossy bright 80lb card stock that you can find here. The recommended paper weight is 60lb to 100lb as it is thin enough to fit through most printers and thick enough to not wrinkle when you apply your glaze. Glossy paper and regular photos do not tend to do well as there are no pores for the glaze to adhere to. Glossy paper looks good to the naked eye, but once under glass you will not be able to tell a difference between it and the bright paper we suggest. You may also use a regular matte card stock paper and get great results.
  • Images- You probably have an idea already of what images you would like to use, but if you have not yet decided and would like to look for images ready to go like we are using in this tutorial, you can find them by searching for "digital collages" on Google or on Etsy as we prefer. You can refine your search by searching for sizes. For example, if you are buying our 25mm round pendant tray kit or blank you would either search for 25mm round digital collage or 1 inch round digital collage. That will not work for all of our trays as many of them are irregular sizes, like our tear drops, and there are just not any stock images for these sizes. We are working on making our images for our trays, but that has not been our focus as of yet. So for the not so common sizes you'll have to learn how to resize your photos if you do not already know how to. You can use a free online tool like here, or you can use a free program like Gimp. & take a tutorial on resizing like here. We personally use Photoshop and/or Illustrator, but they require a lot of time and research when teaching yourself.
  • Pendant Trays- Also referred to as bezels, settings, trays, and pendant blanks. In this tutorial we are using 3 different settings. A necklace setting, a cuff bracelet, and an adjustable ring setting. When surfing our site you can buy the blanks here which is just the tray/setting by itself, or you can buy a "kit" here which includes the blank pendant tray, the glass cabochon, and the chain if you choose a necklace kit. The easiest way to learn the vernacular is to know that a "blank" is just that, a blank tray/setting that has no chain or glass, and a "kit" includes the blank, the glass, and a chain if you're making a necklace.
  • Glass Cabochons- Also referred to as glass covers, cabochons, glass inserts, and glass tiles. All our glass can be found here. Remember that if you buy a Kit the glass is included. However, we always suggest buying extra glass if you are new to this. This will allow you to make mistakes as you learn and not have to turn around and order more glass plus postage again. Glass is so inexpensive that it just makes since to always order more than you need as opposed to dealing with the frustration you may have if you mess a piece up. Something that is also very important to note is that crafting glass can have superficial scratches or blemishes that will look bad to the naked eye, but once your image and glaze is applied they will not be noticeable. The reason for this is due to the way light reflects through the glass before you have started working with it.
  • Lilly Glaze- This is by far the most important part of the process as the type of glue/glaze you use will absolutely make or break all of your work. It can cause hours, days, and even weeks of frustration if you do not start with the right glue/glaze to affix your images and/or photos to your glass cabochons. In this tutorial we use our own personal adhesive called “Lilly Glaze.” With thousands of bottles sold Lilly Glaze has been tried & tested with nothing but exceptional reviews from our customers. It is specifically formulated to setup fairly quick, dry fast, and not cause your pieces to have those annoying air bubbles that will ruin your work after it has dried. It is very common for customers to try and use products like modge podge, diamond glaze, glossy accents, etc.. only to be frustrated at the end when everything dries and you see air bubbles or deep yellowing that ruins all your efforts. Lilly Glaze was designed specifically for glass crafting. You can find a 2 ounce bottle here or a 4 ounce bottle here.
  • Strong Glue- This will be used to glue your finished glass pieces to your tray/settings. This is where we deviate the most from our previous tutorials. We used to advocate customers use Lilly Glaze for this process, but it seems many customers pieces were turning blue after drying due to the oxidization of the setting. Please read our FAQ's for more details on this subject.