When you are certain that the image is securely adhered and the glue is dry, you can trim off any excess paper around the edges. Usually, I cut the image out precisely from the start, so that I don’t need to use the knife to trim excess once it’s attached to the tile. Rather, I file the edges with fine grit sandpaper. Do this gently, as the wood is soft and you can end up removing more of the tile and image than you had planned.
Next, the fun, gooey part. I pour on a glob of Judikins Diamond Glaze in the middle and use a brush to move it around the surface of the pendant. Ideally, you want slightly more glaze in the middle than on the sides, but it will even out slightly as it dries. Just slightly — if you put a big glob in the middle and don’t spread it out, you’ll have a big glob in your final product.
Patience is required next. The glaze must dry for at least 12 hours.
Now, you will apply a second coat. I make the decision of whether to apply one or two coats of Diamond Glaze based on the appearance of the pendant. It’s an organic process — sometimes you need a third coat, sometimes you don’t.
Drying time for this step is even longer. Three days seems to be the norm, but of course, depending on the climate where you are working, it could be longer or shorter. Here in the arid Southwest, three days is just perfect.
ATTACHING THE BAIL
I usually do this step outdoors, so I can avoid the fumes. The E-6000 glue has a very strong odor until it dries, but I chose this product because it had the best results with securely attaching the bail.
I apply a small glob of glue to the bail back and then adhere it to the tile back. I position it carefully so that it’s straight and centered.
The pendant should now be left undisturbed so that the glue can fully dry. Twelve hours should be more than adequate.
And voila! Your Scrabble tile pendant is complete.
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