People love to hold on to items that remind them of a moment, event, or person. There are souvenirs, ticket stubs, photos, notes, dried flowers, and they are all keepsakes, but how can keep the ones that matter close to us?
With a keepsake pendant. We’re going to make a necklace pendant today using lace as the focus. We’ll be preserving a small piece under a thick gloss, so it can last for years to come.
Lace is an open weave fabric that has been around for hundreds of years. It’s beauty is in the intricate detailing of the thread or yarn work. I love lace, but I don’t have any garments to cut from, so I will be showing you how to preserve ribbon lace I received from Burlap Fabric (link in materials list).
Preserving Lace in a Pendant
You will need the following materials for your lace pendant: lace, 1″ round pendant “tray”, Mod Podge (matte finish), small paintbrush (angular), EnviroTex Lite pour-on high gloss finish, tape, a paint stirrer or popsicle stick, two small plastic cups, a quarter (sizing template for lace), straw, and scissors.
The fabric for this lace pendant could be from a christening gown, wedding gown (or veil), ribbon, handmade doily or handkerchief. Try not to use lace with a lot of mesh or netting to it, as it will not show up as well in the pendant. Something a little heavier (but not as thick as crochet lace) with more solid detail will be showcased better in this DIY.
You could also use different types of fabric, stickers, or even paper (notes, postcards, newspaper or magazine clippings, etc.). I did something similar in my “how to make bottle cap magnets” video tutorial with vintage images inside of bottle caps.
Making a Lace Pendant Step-by-Step
- Roll a small piece of tape (so that it’s sticky on both sides) and stick it on one side of your quarter, then lay the quarter (tape side down) onto your piece of lace and cut it out using a small pair of scissors. Make sure and cut as close to the quarter’s edge as you can.
- Put your lace cut-out into the pendant to make sure it fits. If it does, then place a few drops of Mod Podge in the pendant. Place your lace on top of your drops of glue and press down lightly with your brush to push the glue through the lace fabric to the bottom of the pendant. Use the brush to carefully spread the glue over the lace, making sure the lace doesn’t slide out of place or wrinkle. All areas of the lace should be coated with glue, especially around the edges (this is where the angular part comes into play). If you find that you have excess glue, glide your brush around the edges and scoop it out. Allow to dry for at least an hour, but longer is recommended, as the amount of glue used will affect the dry time. We don’t want to trap any moisture under the gloss finish we’ll be adding, so be certain that it’s completely dry before moving on to the next step.
- Set pendants on a piece of firm cardboard and set aside. Mix your EnviroTex Lite high gloss finish as directed on instruction pamphlet. This is important, as it is chemical, and fumes can be dangerous. Once mixed, quickly proceed to the next step, as the curing process begins immediately after mixing.
- Pour your gloss in each pendant slowly and carefully, as not to overflow your pendants. Fill them as close to the top edge of your pendant as possible without spilling. *There will be bubbles on the surface, and according to your package instructions, you should be instructed to let it sit for five minutes (for bubbles to rise to the surface). After five minutes, take a straw, point it at the surface of the gloss, and blow VERY GENTLY through a straw (several inches away from the pendants) until the bubbles are gone. DO NOT INHALE VAPORS.
- At this point, you can put a shoe box, or something similar, over your lace pendants to protect them from any hairs or dust that may land on the surface while they’re curing. Allow them to dry for at least two days (the lower the temperature in your house, the longer it will take).
NOTE: The high gloss finish is not absolutely necessary, but it is a fantastic sealant (especially around the edges) with excellent clarity. It’s worth the extra steps for a keepsake, though, in my opinion. You can, however, glue down 1″ glass domes (glue dots) in place of the EnviroTex.
Once your lace pendant is fully cured and hard to the touch, then you can add your necklace chain or ribbon, wrap it up and give it to that special someone. Or, maybe it’s something you just just made for you to keep close to your heart. Either way, it’s a great method for saving something small and precious to you or loved one.
Please comment below if you have any questions, have made your own lace pendant, or have helpful tips to share with us!