Of all crafts I have made, to date this is my all time favorite. A picture just cant capture how nice this really looks.
Clear Glass dish
A print off or picture of words
Take your glass dish and cover the outside with Mod Podge. Add the glitter of your choice. I used a opal color.
Allow this to dry
Do a second coat of Mod Podge and allow this to dry completely
(I had two dished, one I left untouched and one I did the glitter / Mod Podge, the glitter one looked MUCH nicer with the finished beads.)
I found that 30 pictures or words worked the best. It was layered in the dish just enough but not to much. This number is optional but I worked with 30 glass beads.
The first step is actually the hardest. You need to get a print off of the pictures you are going to use. To do this measure the back (flat part) of the glass bead and determine the picture size needed. I choose to go a bit smaller and cut the picture square so when I put the backing on (I tell you about this later) it seemed to give the picture a framed look. This made all the pictures have a similarity. I used regular photo paper for the pictures and regular paper for the words.
Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper
Once you have your photos printed and cut, you will then take a paint brush and paint the back of the bead with Mod Podge. Place your picture upside down (you want to see the picture through the bead) and paint with more Mod Podge. Set this aside on the cookie sheet to dry, still upside down.
As these are dying I am sure you will pick them up like I did and look at your work. You will probably see a lot of white. This is the Mod Podge and it just means that it is not dry. (Mod Podge dries completely clear) This drying process could actually take a couple days depending on what kind of paper you used with your pictures. Photo paper took 2 days and regular paper 1 day. You will know this is dry when there is no longer any white.
Your last step is to put a backing on the beads. It makes it a more finished look.
I used felt and it worked perfect.
Cut the felt into pieces that will fit the back of your beads. To have it a little smaller would be better than having some extra sticking out the sides.
Again using Mod Podge, paint the back of the picture and apply the felt.
Put this back in the cookie sheet, still upside down and allow this to dry.
If the bead still had a little bit of white (meaning not dry) and you put the felt on, everything will still work just fine. It just may take a little while to go completely clear.
Once everything is dry place your dish in the proper upright position and place all 30 of the Beads with the pictures facing up in the dish. Yes this will be layered and you will not see them all. That is what is nice about the dish, picking up and looking at the different beads.
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