Microbead Pendants

I shared this tutorial last Sunday (7-31-2011) at Someday Crafts here, but I wanted to post it here too in case you didn't see it!

Today I'm going to share a tutorial for my favorite thing to make (and something I've given as a gift to pretty much everyone I know... and if you haven't gotten one yet, ummm, surprise and happy early birthday!) - microbead pendants inspired by this project from Amy at Mod Podge Rocks.

This project is super-easy - it might take some trial and error, but if I can do it, you can too! And once you get started, it's super-fun to start making them and see how they all turn out differently and imagine the different possibilities for them!

  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • Microbeads (mine are from Martha Stewart, but there appear to be some competitors in craft stores these days - check the scrapbook section!)
  • Pendant blanks or wells with trays (you can find them on Etsy with about a 100 different names)
  • Cabachons (or cabs, if desired)
  • Straight pin or toothpick (turns out to be very helpful!)

First you want to pick out the color combination, the pendant size and shape you want to use, and any cabachons you want - it's good to have them all handy before you start pouring so you don't have to run around and search while you have a wet pendant which can easily be knocked off a table (I think - obviously I wouldn't have any experience with that)!

Then, you simply grab your pendant and fill it most of the way to the top with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. You don't want the pendant to overflow or be quite at the top - this is something that comes with practice. You want to make sure that you don't have any bubbles in the Mod Podge and this is where you can use a straight pin or toothpick to pop them. If you have multiple bubbles, make sure to clean the pin/toothpick between them so you can cleanly pop all of them.

Then, grab your microbeads and pour. The color you add last will be on top when it dries so keep that in mind and feel free to go back and forth, alternating colors.

 Sometimes I overpour and so I like to just smooth out the top with my finger... (I'm sure that's how Martha does it too.) You will end up with wasted, extras and don't worry about it. Get used to the idea you that you can't use/save all of them. It will make your life much easier.

Then, simply press in your cabachon and let the pendant dry. I like to leave mine overnight just to be safe. This is a pendant where I actually just left it at this point and didn't do anything else...

But you will probably want to come back and add another little layer of Mod Podge to the top of your pendant, working AROUND the cabachon. I like adding more Mod Podge because it all looks glossier and I think that added layer protects the pendant when you sweat, shower, swim, etc. But I'm not sure if it actually does anything other than make me feel better. I put the Mod Podge around the cabachon... unfortunately you can barely see it against the black microbeads here, but that's what the picture should show you!

And just in case, here are some other pendants with the second coat of Mod Podge on it to show you a bit better...

I also experimented with placing the cabachon in first or before I put in microbeads and got really frustrated with trying to stick a straight pin in the petals to get the microbeads out of the crevices. (See the dedication to trying ridiculous things out that I do for my readers? Yup... I'm practically "Man v. Food" for the craft world... or "Mythbusters" maybe?)

But here's the final black microbead pendant with the blue cabochon in it with the second Mod Podge coat all dried.

These are a few of my other finished pendants...

And some round pendants...

The one with the clear microbeads might be my most favorite pendant that I've made so far.

You might have some little errors and don't worry about them - I don't think anyone can tell until you have giant photos where your camera is zoomed in really tight. But, to help you avoid the mistakes I made above, these are my top three tips to perfect pendants!

  • I recommend putting the cabochon into the microbeads after all the microbeads are poured. You can also make pendants without any cabochons!
  • To get rid of air bubbles, use a toothpick or straight pin to pop them while they're still wet.
  • To fix uneven layers, you can pour another coat of mod podge on there (and maybe even more microbeads - I tried that and didn't really love the result, but who knows).
And the obligatory shot of me wearing the necklace (you know, the crazy flattering self-neck-and-shoulders-portrait)...

Now you're ready to make your own jewelry! And the awesome part is that once you have the microbeads and mod podge, you can get the pendant pieces fairly inexpensively and make gifts for people in no time at all! Good luck and please tell me how your pendants turn out!


  1. Omg!! These r just too stiinken cute! I'm gunna try to make this one day! I love it!

    =) hope u had a wonderful weekend!

  2. I missed this on Someday Crafts but it is super cute and looks fun to make!! I would love to use this for a key chain!

  3. These look awesome! Fun and easy. I'll make some as soon as I'm funded for this project ;)

  4. These look amazing. I didn't even notice the mistakes till you pointed them out. If you get a chance I would love you to link your pendants up to More the Merrier Monday. It starts tonight and lasts through Wednesday. See you there. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

  5. exquisite work. It is such a awesome and really very beautiful creation. Full of fun and I am really very glad after read here and I appreciate for the information that you presented here.

  6. These are precious. I have those microbeads, and have been just waiting for inspiration. Definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing, and for a couple of laughs :)

    Saved By Love Creations

  7. Hoe cute I am having trouble finding the mod podge have looked everywhere I just have the plain stuff!

  8. I love this idea, and I have all the materials already. thanks for sharing!

  9. What a cool idea and an easy idea for birthdays! I love it! Thanks for linking this up to the Weekend Warrior Link Party. :)


  10. What a fab post.. Love this.. Thanks for sharing, lovely blog..:) I found you at "motivate-me-monday" blog hop, officially following ya.. Hope you can stop by my blog sometime.. I'm Marilyn from http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com .. Ciao :))

  11. Like a true scientist, pointing out how to fix everything that could go wrong... love the dimensional magic look! xo

  12. WOW.

    I LOVE these! Looks so simple and I need to do this!

  13. These look great! Love those Martha Stewart beads, I used them in some mod podge rings like this! I'd love for you to link up at my Tuesday Tutorials Link Party! :)


  14. They are just sooo pretty, I love them all, so shiny!

  15. This post made me smile. Thanks for inspiring me and many others to even attempt this feat. Really appreciate that you linked up at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

  16. Those are beautiful. Thanks for posting. I've been working with Envirotex for simple pendants, but I will try dimensional magic now.

  17. These are so cute! I have diamond glaze which is very similar to dimensional magic, and I find that sometimes I get air bubbles that don't want to pop. If you put rubbing alcohol in a misting spray bottle and spray your project lightly, I don't know why, but it pops the bubbles!

  18. So beautiful! I just love the vintage feel, and the roses! Thank you so much for showing off! I am your newest follower!


  19. These are super cute! Thanks for sharing, found you at Craft Envy! Super cute/fun blog, I'm a new follower! Looking forward to reading more!


  20. Wow! You are so creative and I love your pendants! I am a new follower and would love for you to link up at my Savvy HomeMade blog party at http://www.homesavvyatoz.com/2011/08/14/blog-party-3/

    I look forward to blogging with you!

  21. I love it when people are inspired - it does my heart good! I'm so glad and yours turned out fantastic!

  22. Such a beautiful project! I love the way you combined the microbeads with the cabs!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." at Rook No. 17!


  23. Thanks for linking this up to the Throwback Thursday link party. I love how yuo used Mod Podge here here and am going to feature this tomorrow.


  24. This is so creative & such a fun way to accessorize! So impressive!

    I would love to have you link this up to my first link party!


  25. they are all so cute, Mel! We are featuring this on the blog today. votation starts on the same day and runs until friday next week. grab a featured button if you fancy so ^^)

    have a lovely sunday.


  26. Wow, gorgeous and definitely something to try! Thank you for the tutorial!

  27. Hi There Crafty Scientist. I love your blog and am a new follower. I learned about it through pInterest!

    These pendents are so great. I love them. I especially like the little flower pieces, or cabochons, as you called them.

    I am looking to buy these, and I can't find them anywhere. Please help. Where do I buy these?!


  28. Great idea! I'm going to make some of these for Christmas gifts! :)

  29. So pretty! And they look like fun to make, too.


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