A while ago, my dad unearthed an old pocket diary and – since it was dated 2005 – was going to put it out for recycling. Of course, I rescued it!
In the back of the diary was a set of maps, which I promptly pulled out for crafting with. (I have a thing about map crafts recently!)
Using sections of the maps, I put together these simple pendants.
Construction is really simple and uses items easily found on eBay or in your local craft shop.
Here’s a tutorial!
Pendant cabochon setting*
Clear cabochon to fit setting*
Strong, clear-drying glue (I used multipurpose)
* I used 18x25mm cabochon and setting
**Alternatively use a length of ribbon or cord, and tie on.
1. Spread glue evenly over the back of your cabochon and stick it onto the map.
2. Smooth out any air bubbles and make sure the cabochon is stuck evenly! (I didn’t do this part all too well as I was rushing, which showed up on the finished pendant)
3. Once the glue is dry, cut around the cabochon and trim off any excess.
4. Spread strong glue evenly but sparingly into the cabochon setting. Depending on the glue you might have to spread a little on the back of the cabochon too, and wait for it to go tacky--check the instructions with the glue!
5. Stick in the cabochon and wipe away any excess glue immediately with a damp cloth.
6. Thread pendant onto a length of chain cut to the appropriate length, and add a clasp to the ends of the chain to finish.
This is such a quick way of making a piece of jewellery! It would make a great gift, particularly if the map focused on a place close to the recipient’s heart.
What with this and my Map Letter Canvas, I'm getting quite an addiction to maps!