Light as a Butterfly

I found this glass chandelier pendant in a box I bought at an estate sale. The shape is called a pampille. What a perfect excuse to use reverse glass decoupage to make an unusual piece of jewelry.
chandelier glass pendant (I found them here, some for less than $1.00)
copy paper
white glue
Krylon silverleaf permanent marker
20 gauge beading wire
small bead

old credit card
fine sandpaper
wire clippers
needle nose pliers

Download and print the sheet of butterflies and ledgers here. A few more butterflies and ledgers have been added to this sheet since I took this picture just in case you want to make more than one. These images are from the Vintage Moth. Check out her blog to see wonderful clip art. *note- her blog has moved (you'll be redirected) but these images were on her original blog.
Cut out a butterfly and carefully spread a small amount of white glue on the lower back of the pendant with an old credit card. Place the printed side of the butterfly down on the glue. Wipe off the excess and  let dry.  Reapply more glue to the entire back of the pendant and place it over the ledger page. Burnish the back of the paper with the dry side of the credit card to adhere it to the glass.
With sharp scissors, cut out the paper around the glass. Lightly sand the edges of the paper to feather them and help prevent them from lifting.

Cut a 4" piece of beading wire. Thread one end through the hole in the pendant; back to front. Pull it through and twist it a few times around itself to secure. Place a bead on the wire. Make a loop (I wrapped it around a paintbrush handle) then wrap again. Clip off the ends. File if necessary to prevent snags.
I used a silverleaf marker to cover the back of the paper (actually before I added the wire bale but I forgot to photograph it). Unfortunately it rubbed off so I spent a few minutes burnishing it with a scrap piece of copy paper until the excess color no longer came off. I thought I had made a mistake but ended up loving the pewter look. You can substitute silver acrylic paint and skip the burnishing.Chandeliers are the jewelry for a room.  Shouldn't they be jewelry for the bod? 


Shelly said...

It's gorgeous! I want to see it on a model! :)

Terry said...

This is a good tutorial and a beautiful piece. Great job.

Ginger said...

That is beautiful! Wonderful work...Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Michele Pacey said...

Great use of a chandelier pendant! Love it!

Snooglerat said...

This is a wonderfully awesome idea! So unique :) Love!

Shelia said...

How pretty! Oh, I want one! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

MMB Creations said...

That is a really great idea. Thank you for sharing.

April said...

Sooooo lovely!!!!

Kelly said...

This is so whimsical and lovely! Great project! I'm your newest follower!


Fazemos de Conta said...

I love and I'll try it!! What a great idea and thanks for sharing with us,
Have a nice week.

Healing Woman said...

What a sparkling idea! Sorry for the pun. I just love them. This is my first visit to your blog and I'm impressed.

AmieAnn said...

I LOVE this! Such a wonderful way to dress up a plain old pendant.. It looks soo pretty! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

Shauna K said...

saw this on Motivate Me Monday- what a beautiful project!! I never would have thought of doing that! how creative :D

Inspired by you said...

Love it! I was lookinng for a necklace pendant craft. I think I've found it!

Kathy said...

This is quite beautiful! Thank you for sharing your step by step tutorial on how to make it!

DANA said...

That's great! If you have not been by yet, make sure you enter my linky contest! The best of January 2011 will be showered with prizes! I also have some great Valentines giveaways going on right now!

Mary said...

Wow, great job on the chandelier pendant, I love it! Thank you for joining in on Masterpice Monday. Mary :O)

Shawna said...

Oh wow, it's gorgeous!!

Custom Comforts said...

So pretty and so creative! I am always amazed at the new ideas one sees in blogland. Great job!

Jill said...

Great tutorial for a really unique piece of jewellery! I love it!

Thanks so much for linking to A Round Tuit! Hope you're having a fabulous week!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success said...

fabulous idea AND gorgeous! Love the antique feeling to your crafts lately! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

Krafty Kat said...

I love that you used the crystal from the chandelier- such a great idea! I will love to find one so I can try this. I will have to use the silver acrylic paint though since that is what I have on hand (I'm so cheap like that. Just beautiful- thanks for linking up!

Lynn Richards said...

VERY nice! I like the idea for the backing.

Lisa said...

That is really neat!

June@I will craft said...

Wow, beautiful pendant.

Kathy said...

Wow, that is just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the tutorial and the clipart links!

Nikki said...

Thats gorgeous!!!!!!! Thanks so much for linking it up to gettin' crafty on hump day :)

It's a Keeper said...

This looks great! I would love for you to link this or any of your projects or recipes to my blog hop @ It's a Keeper Thursdays.

Thanks so much for sharing!

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

That's just gorgeous! Now I'm going to be on the look out for these great crystals! Thank you so much for the idea.
Patricia :o)

Kristen @ said...

That is so beautiful! Thanks so much for coming and linking up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings!! Make sure to come by tomorrow for a giveaway!! :)

P K Glitz said...

This turned out so gorgeous!

Christine Jargick said...

what a cool project! its beautiful

AllieMakes! said...

That is lovely! And so simple! Thank you for sharing!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie. I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Becolorful said...

Your work never ceases to amaze me and for that reason I passed along the Stylish Blogger Award to you.
It is in the Jan. 28th post of my blog. It asks that you link back to the gifter and then pass it along to ten other bloggers along with seven interesting facts about yourself. Time consuming I know but I wanted you to know that you are that inspiring to me.

Vanessa said...

So creative and so gorgeous! Thank you so much for always linking up your incredible talent to the Inspiration Friday party!

Mary said...

Hi Gail, I love your pendant! I just wanted to let you know that I featured it this week on my "Top 10 Fav Picks" at Boogieboard Cottage. Have a great weekend! Mary :O)

Terri said...

Gail, butterfly prisms dance in my head, catching the sunlight as if flying away, only to come back with the next ray -- Terri

Debra@Common Ground said...

Love it!! Thanks for linking up to the party!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

How charming! I love prisms and this is just darling~ Thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Now I need to go and find me some chandelier piece...these would look great suspended as wind chimes as well...

Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice last week.

FYI: Creative Juice is on hiatus until the week of Valentine's Day because of The Beat the Winter Blues Party.

If you have any cool photo project you'd like to link up...stop by!

Naturally Me Creations said...

This is beautiful...i love it! :)

vida said...

Que linda ideia,bjs

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