How to Make "Scrabble" Tile Pendants

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The art of upcycling is that of using crafting skills to transform something old into something new, with a new use. If you've got an old "Scrabble" game with wooden or plastic letter tiles, don't throw them out; those tiles make some sturdy, attractive jewelry pendants for necklace or dangly earring features. Decorate a "Scrabble" tile pendant with any paper design you like.

Things You'll Need

  • Scrabble letter tiles
  • Decorative paper or printed image
  • Marker
  • Decoupage medium
  • Power drill
  • 1/8-inch drill bit
  • Large jump ring
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Lay the "Scrabble" tile on the paper. If there's a particular design or portion of the paper you want to feature, center the tile over this. Trace around the tile using the permanent marker.

  • Cut out the shape with scissors; as you cut, position the scissors just inside the marker line to get the right size and leave the ink line behind.

  • Apply a light coat of decoupage medium to the tile. Paste the paper piece in place over this. Paint the top of the paper with another coat of medium to give it a hard, shiny coating on both sides. Let dry according to manufacturer's instructions.

  • Fit the drill with a 1/8-inch drill bit.

  • Drill a hole in the tile from front to back. Position this in the top center of the tile, ¼ inch from the edge.

  • Open the jump ring using the needle-nosed pliers. For best results, pull the wire ends apart sideways, rather than pulling it so that the ring opens wider; this will ensure that it closes securely.

  • Thread the jump ring through the hole in the tile. Bend the wire to close the jump ring.

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References

  • "Bead on a Wire: Making Handcrafted Wire and Beaded Jewelry;" Sharilyn Miller; 2005
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