This tiny little treasure is easy to make and takes just minutes. I found a new to me product from Tim Holtz called Corked Domes and knew immediately that I would be making a terrarium pendant with them. There is glass drilling required, but do not fear. You can do it, no problem. I will help you and you will be a pro in no time. I am warning you now that I used fake plants to make my terrarium. You can use live plants. It is way hipper if they are alive, but I have a tendency not to water things, so I went plastic. If you are honest and you don’t have a PhD in succulentology, you’ve gotta give me that they look like the real deal.
Rotary tool (I use Bead Landing Rotary Tool
Small container of water and lint free towel
Hot glue/glue gun or Flora Bond if using live plants
Moss, small stones, mushrooms and whatever you want in your dome
Succulents (live or fake) – I got my fake succulents at Michael’s
Chain or cord for hanging your pendant
First you need to drill a hole in the top of your dome for a place to insert wire for hanging the pendant. Follow the detailed instructions I showed you in this tutorial: Mason Jar Chimes Tutorial and Drilling in Glass.
NOTE: These glass domes are very thin. I tried drilling the hole using my dremel and shattered the first dome I attempted. I like the rotary tool used in the tutorial linked above because it is way fewer RPMs than my dremel and it has adjustable speed. Many people swear by their Dremels for drilling glass. I find my rotary tool way easier and I have success 99% of the time with it.
Either use an eye pin (pictured) or cut a lenght of wire about 4 inches and create a loop in one end with your round nose pliers.
Insert wire through Dome hole so that loop is on inside, then use flat nose pliers to bend wire to 90° about 1/8-1/4 inch above where it exits the top of the dome.
Use round nose pliers to grab the a few mm past the bend. With your free hand, grab the wire end and wrap wire around the pliers to form a loop. (That gunk on the round nose pliers is Tool Magic – it coats your jewelry making tools so they don’t leave scratches and dents in soft wire).
Wrap the remaining wire starting at the base of the loop down to the top of the dome. Trim off excess wire with flush cutters and tuck in the end with needle nose pliers. Now you have your wire bail for hanging your pendant!
Lay out your goodies and start gluing things into place on the cork. Flora Bond works with live plants and won’t kill them! I used hot glue since mine are artificial.
Once you have everything in place, add the dome and string your chain. You are now super cool…
These would be cute as keychains too. If you go crazy and your junk won’t fit in the dome, just tear some off and patch up any glue spots showing with moss. Play around until you are satisfied with how it looks.