art prints on glass tile pendants, key rings, or coasters. If you don't have your own artwork,
you can make these with any printed image of your choice.
Above: An 8 x 10 inch oil painting, "Gardens at Biltmore," and
5 x 7 inch pastel drawing, "Greek Man with Scarf," become a miniature print pendant and a key ring.
jpg of your choice
Glass tile, 1" square, or larger
Jewelry bail, if planning to string onto a chain or cord
Note: You can purchase do-it-yourself kits with glass tiles, adhesive and bails; I ordered from a craft supplier at etsy (kit is less than $15, makes 5 tiles.)
Step 1: Choose your image.
Step 2: Crop it to a square shape.
Step 3: Resize the image to 1" x 1" for these 1" tiles, or other size for larger tile or coaster.
Step 4: Be sure to keep the resolution at 300 dpi, if possible. See the don't-do example below:
I forgot about resolution and printed the already loose-style image (below), with a lower resolution of 200 dpi, and lost the brush strokes and edges. I'm still using the pendant and wearing it as a splash of abstract color--because I know what it is, even if no one else does;) However, next time I print photos I will re-print and re-do this with a higher resolution. Also, note that when prints are vertical or horizontal in format (as the Biltmore print), not cropped as squares , the glass tile will exceed the edges. A square fit gives a more finished look.
Step 5: Print onto photo paper. Suggestion: Copy and paste several image options/jpgs into one word document and print onto one photo page, to conserve on your photopaper. Cut out images with scissors or craft knife.
Step 6: Gently shake the adhesive and apply it to the photo (the image side) with a paint brush or sponge.
Step 7: Center and gently press the tile (rough side down) onto the photo. Don't press it too firmly or the adhesive will shift. Let it dry.
Step 8: Optional, number and sign your print on the back.
Step 9: Apply adhesive across the back of the paper to seal it.