Gift tutorial: Japanese paper pendant

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This is a quick and easy tutorial to make a Japanese paper pendant that can make use of any scraps of paper left over from making my tea bag folding cards, the tutorial for which can be found here.  I have attached my pendants to keyrings, which I think will make great stocking fillers for Christmas!

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You will need:

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Silicone craft glue
  • 1 X Cabochon setting (I am using a 25mm square antique bronze setting)
  • 1 X Glass cabochon (I’m using a 25mm X 25mm X 7mm transparent square)
  • A scrap piece of Japanese paper (at least big enough to fit your setting)
  • Cord/key ring fob to hang pendant from (I’m using an antique bronze key ring fob)
  1. Take your scrap piece of Japanese paper and place your glass cabochon on top of it and move it around to find a section of the paper you particularly like. I am using a 25mm X 25mm X 7mm transparent square glass cabochon to fit a 25mm square setting.
  2. Holding the glass cabochon in place with one finger, take your pencil and draw around the cabochon.
  3. Using your scissors, cut out following your pencil outline giving you a piece of paper that should fit your cabochon setting.
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  1. Spread a thin layer of silicone craft glue to the inside of your cabochon setting.
  2. Place your piece of paper into the setting right side up. Press down lightly to make sure the paper has stuck and there are no creases or air bubbles.  Here I am using a 25mm square antique bronze setting, but you can use any shape, size or colour.  It doesn’t have to be a pendant setting.  You may wish to make earrings or cuff links instead.
  3. Give the back (flat side) of your glass cabochon a polish to remove any finger prints and apply a thin layer of silicone craft glue. Place the glass cabochon into the setting on top of the paper and press down to remove any air bubbles.  Polish the top side of your cabochon.
  4. I have attached my Japanese paper pendant to an antique bronze key ring fob matching my cabochon setting. To do this I used a pair of pliers to open the jump ring at the end of the key ring chain and fed this through the loop of the pendant then used the pliers to close the jump ring again.  If you want to wear the pendant as a necklace, however, you may wish to thread a piece of cord through the pendant loop instead.
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I bought all my supplies for making my Japanese paper pendant key rings from eBay.

 

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