Vintage Glass Cabochon Pendant

Vintage Glass Cabochon Pendant

Create a vintage Cabochon pendant using any printable paper image. Create unique jewelry using this simple method.

What you need

Glass cabochon
Picture on paper – the ink should not run, use magazine pictures or laser printed pictures.
Plain white paper
Pen or pencil
Paint brush
White glue, e.g. Elmer’s or Mod Podge
Acrylic paint, dark color
Acrylic paint, metallic
Polyurethane varnish


Step 1: paste picture behind cabochon

1st, place the glass cabochon on the picture and draw a line around it with the pen or pencil.

2nd, cut out the picture to the outline of the cabochon


3rd, apply the white glue to the front of the picture so that the entire picture is coated all the way to the edges. Place the picture on the back of the cabochon; use your fingers to rub the picture so that it is smoothly adhering to the glass cabochon with no air bubbles. Let the cabochon sit at least a few hours so that the glue is completely dry.

4th, repeat above processes on a piece of plain white paper to glue extra layers.

Step 2: paint cabochon into pretty pendant

1st, Give the back of the cabochon a second coat of the dark-colored acrylic paint;

2nd, after it dries, apply metallic acrylic paint lightly on top of the dark

3rd, clean any glue or paint on the front of the cabochon with a damp cloth or paper towel;

4th, apply a coat of clear polyurethane varnish to the back of the cabochon.


Submitted by Pandahall


  1. Easy and pretty. I’ll be making these for friends and adding bails for cords or chains. You can buy several types of bails at

  2. I want to make a peppermint cone shaped CHRISTMAS tree with the glass cabochons. This looks really easy. Now got to find medium sized glass cabochons. Mahalo for sharing this.

  3. How is it a pendant without some way to put it on a chain? With this, you’d have to buy or recycle a used bail for the cabochon. I’ve seen these glued to lockets or with a bail glued to the back. It can be very pretty.

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