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DIY Recycled Jewelry: Glass Pendant

Here’s a first for Eve of Reduction: Recycled Jewelry! I have to admit, I was a little timid with this one, especially breaking the wine bottle that I used to make this pendant. It took me three hits to smash the wine bottle, but I got a couple good sized pieces of recycled glass to work with.

My second place piece of glass is what I used to play around with. Then when I felt comfortable working with my Dremel and the piece of broken wine bottle, the project move along smoothly….sorry for the pun!

How to Make a Mod Podge Glass Pendant

Mod Podge recycled Glass pendant

First, place a used, empty wine bottle in a plastic bag. Hold it by the neck of the bottle with the bag gathered around it. Either whack it directly onto concrete or use a hammer.

Carefully open up the bag and look for a few pieces that look like a proper size and shape.

Use your Dremel and sanding tools to smooth the edges.

Select Mod Podge friendly scrapbook paper. Mod Podge (Plaid) sells double-sided scrapbook paper which is what I used for this project.

Trace it to the size of your recycled glass piece.

Apply Mod Podge to the back of your glass piece and apply the paper. Mod Podge over the exposed side of the paper.

Now for the recycled jewelry part….

DIY handmade recycled jewelry supplies

DIY handmade recycled jewelry supplies

I used eco-friendly hemp string, Fusion glue and added some DIY jewelry accessories from Darice, which you can pick up at craft stores.

Because I don’t have a diamond bit, I was unsuccessful drilling a hole in the recycled glass pendant so I wrapped the hemp around the top and bottom edges and added a dab of glue on the back side.

Here is a photo that shows the back and front of my DIY recycled glass necklace!

Front and back recycled glass jewelry made from a wine bottle

Front and back recycled glass jewelry made from a wine bottle


Next time, I’m going to use my Mod Podge Rocks stencils and glitter!

What is your favorite recycled jewelry?

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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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6 Responses to DIY Recycled Jewelry: Glass Pendant

  1. Lucy Schmidt February 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

    They turned out really nice. I’ve used the glass part of cheap reading glasses I keep stashed in various places, the frames of which aren’t too sturdy and break easily. The edges are already smooth, but I don’t get the interesting shapes (nor the fun) that smashing a bottle would provide. I used stained glass foil around the edges and was able to solder a bale onto the top edge. I haven’t made any for a long time. Thanks for the nudge.

    • Eve February 17, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

      Your project sounds awesome! I’ve never worked with stained glass foil. I’m going to look into it. Thanks!

  2. designdreamer March 1, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    Did you also make the leather tassel?

  3. David Miretsky March 7, 2014 at 6:07 am #

    Thanks for this great article.
    Thanks for information.

  4. Liz Law Jewelry April 10, 2014 at 6:04 am #

    Thank you.

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