Over 50 DIY Projects Using Old Maps

50 Best DIY Projects to Make Using Old Maps @savedbyloves[pinit]

Do you love old maps?  Well if so, today’s round-up is going to make you dance and celebrate.  If not that, you will at least find some inspiration in super cool things to make with old maps.  Here is a collection of over 50 of the best projects “on the map”!  Enjoy, and as always, if you have a tutorial you would like included in the collection, send me the link for consideration.

Make a DIY Terrarium Necklace

[pinit]DIY Terrarium Necklace Tutorial using Tim Holtz Corked Cloche @savedbyloves[pinit]

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

Diamond Drill Bits

Tim Holtz Corked Domes

Small container of water and lint free towel

Hot glue/glue gun or Flora Bond if using live plants

Necklace Tutorial

Moss, small stones, mushrooms and whatever you want in your dome

Succulents (live or fake) – I got my fake succulents at Michael’s

20 Gauge copper wire or eye pin

Round Nose jewelry pliers

Flat nose jewelry pliers

Needle nose pliers

 Flush wire cutters

Chain or cord for hanging your pendant

DIY Terrarium Necklace


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.

Make a pendant bail

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.

How to Wire Wrap

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.

Jewelry Making Tutorial Terrarium Necklace

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).

Handmade Jewelry Tutorial Saved By Love Creations

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!

Necklace Tutorial

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.

How to make your own jewelry

Once you have everything in place, add the dome and string your chain.  You are now super cool…

How to make a Terrarium Necklace

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.

Remember last year when I showed you how to make bigger terrariums?

How about our 50+ DIY Terrariums and Creative Planters?

Microwave Kiln Fused Dichroic Jewelry DIY

[pinit]How to fuse glass in your microwave; beautiful dichroic focal pieces in minutes @savedbyloves

Can you believe these fused dichroic glass pieces can be made in your microwave in 3 minutes?  I showed you these fused glass dichroic wire wrapped earrings a few weeks back, and I have pretty much been at it ever since.  I have upgraded to an electric kiln for bigger projects, but we won’t get into that right now.  Today I will show you how to stack precut fusible glass to get the dichroic pieces you see here.

Dichroic Bracelet


Fuseworks Microwave Kiln Tutorial

 Fuseworks Beginner’s Microwave Fusing Kiln

Fuseworks Fusible Clear Circles

Fuseworks Fusible Black Circles

Fuseworks Fusible Dichroic Circles

22 gauge copper wire

Jewelry findings of your choice for clasp and chain

Round nose pliers

Flat nose pliers

wire cutter


Microwave kiln for glass fusing tutorial

Stack from bottom to top; black, dichroic (foil side up), clear onto fiber paper in kiln and place in microwave.  You can make 2 of these in the microwave kiln at the same time.   Following instructions, begin microwave and monitor for glow.  Mine took about 3 minutes.  Let cool per instructions.

dichroic glass jewelry diy

Drilling Holes in Glass

Let your piece cool completely, and drill holes as shown in the following quick video from Glass Fusing Made Easy:

Wire Wrapping Your Piece

I used the technique in this video from Beadaholique to wrap my pieces.  The process is simple, even if you have never worked with wire.

I hope you enjoyed.  Please let me know if you have fused glass and what you like to make!

Video Tutorial – DIY Gorgeous Soldered Pendants + GIVEAWAY


how to make a vintage soldered pendant


UPDATE:  WE HAVE A WINNER!  Do you love the look of soldered jewelry, but feel totally intimidated by that hot freaking iron and molten metal?  My creative friend Hope is here to break it down for us in a detailed How to Solder Jewelry video that demystifies the process and will have you making jaw dropping pieces lickity split!  As if that isn’t enough, Hope has teamed up with Saved By Love Creations to give you lovely readers a chance to win your choice of 3 gorgeous pendants!

Soldering Tips for Jewelry

Hope invited me in to record her process!  Before jumping into the video, I want to let you know the supplies you see will being used are from GlassSupplies on Etsy, a shop owned by Robin Ramsden.

Foil Tape For Soldering

This tape used in the video is 3/8 inch wide copper backed foil tape, which you can get at the linked store and probably elsewhere.  Hope recommends black backed foil tape for most simple projects since it holds the pieces together better and is just strong/less frustrating for us newbies!  She was out of it or we would have been using it for sure.  It is available in the linked shop above (GlassSupplies on Etsy).

Obviously if you are using thicker glass pieces than we did, you may need wider tape.  You will have to experiment.

More info on supplies is found below and in the video tutorial.

I did a soldered pendant experiment and shared it with you here:

I took my pendants to Hope’s with me and she helped me figure out how to make them more what I was going for.  I learned so much from hanging out with her that I haven’t seen elsewhere.  It turns out I wasn’t using near enough solder, and oh yeah, my soldering iron tip is disintegrating.   There is a solution for that, and many soldering woes.  This woman solders A LOT and is a wonderful resource!  She is also super sweet, so if something isn’t covered that you want to know about, you can find her on Facebook:  Hope Ellington.  She even takes custom orders, although she is pretty swamped with them right now from what I have seen so hurry if you are interested.

There were so many tips and tricks that I had to break the video up into 2 parts, and they are still long.  You will learn a ton, and if you are like me, your soldering will be vastly improved.  I made a pendant this morning and love it!  Don’t worry, you will see it soon.

SUPPLIES (the video goes over specific brands Hope loves):

Supplies for Soldering Jewelry

Jewelry Soldering Techniques



Now for the best part.  You get a chance to win a free handmade soldered pendant from Hope’s Bloomington Indiana Shop, Girlfriends on the Farm!

Pendant 1 – A fancy pants, blinged out vintage ephemeral piece

how to make a vintage soldered pendant

Pendant 2 – A message in a bottle “LOVE”

Jewelry Soldering Techniques

Pendant 3 – Vintage Lace under beveled glass

Soldered Doily Pendant

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Tips to Fast, Mess Free, DIY Glass Tile Pendants

Xyron Create a Sticker for Easy, mess free Glass Tile Pendant @savedbyloves


If you have ever made glass or acrylic tile pendants, you probably know that it is more involved than it looks.  About 2 years ago, I need to make a slew of these, and decided to run my images that I wanted to adhere to the pendant through Xyron’s Create-a-Sticker Machine.  I ran them through oriented so that the image side would be the sticky side, and stuck the tile right on the sticky, as you will see pictured in this tutorial.  This eliminates having to glue the images onto the tiles, which is, at least for me, a messy hassle!  I wanted to scream this technique from the rooftops when I thought of it, but I decided to wait and see how the pendants held up long term.  At last I am here to report that after 2 years, the tiles I made this way look gorgeous.  The image has not peeled away from the glass or discolored even slightly.  You still have to seal the backs so that the pendants are waterproof, but I have a great tip for that step as well.  Read on and you will be busting out gorgeous, durable graphic pendants crazy fast.

 Xyron Create a Sticker for Easy, mess free Glass Tile Pendant @savedbyloves



Xyron 1.5 inch Create-a-Sticker  with Permanent adhesive cartridge

Printed images for your tiles, or decorative scrapbook paper/artwork – I create collage sheets in Photoshop with images made to fit whatever tiles I am using (round, square, rectangle in various sizes) and print it, or I create backgrounds with spray ink, ink pads, markers, stamps, rub-ons, doodles to use on my tiles.

Detail scissors

Mod Podge (I prefer satin finish to seal my glass tiles)

Small flat paintbrush

Masking tape or contact paper (super cheap at dollar store and works great for the sealing trick you will see later)

Ceramic tile or other flat surface

Sandpaper 150-200 grit (I use Tim Holtz

Glass tiles or Acrylic Tiles (I use Mod Podge Podgeable Shapes and glass tiles)

Glue on bails (my very favorite are aanraku small bails.  They are beautiful, the perfect size for 1-2 inch round, square or rectangle tiles and are well worth the cost (about $0.40 each)

E6000 glue for the bails (this stuff would glue a person to the ceiling and hold)


Jewelry wire to wrap pendants in a glue free way like I showed you previously:

Glue Free, Drill Free Way to Attach Pendants

I love this method for the fancier look compared to the glue on bail.  Sometimes people want simple, other times wire is just the special touch that makes them fall in love with a piece.



Take the image and cut into a strip that will fit in the Xyron sticker machine.  If you have a larger machine, you can run larger sheets through it to create stickers for several tiles at once.  Here I am using the 1.5 inch on cardstock covered on both sides with lovely washi tape.  Scrapbook paper, photos or whatever you want as your pendant image can be used.  Place the image side face down in the machine (this is the opposite of how you make most stickers since you are going to adhere the glass to the sticky image you want to show).  It is not really important for this example since my washi covered paper is the same on both sides.


Burnish the image onto the adhesive with a bone folder, credit card or ink pen (yep, I improvised).  This assures the maximal adhesive transfers to the paper image.



Sand any uneven edges left after cutting to tidy up your piece.


TIP:  Lay contact paper with sticky side up, or masking tape sticky side up on a tile or other flat surface. Place your pendants paper side up, glass side down on the tape or contact paper.  This keeps the pieces from moving around when you seal the back.  I lost hours of my life with sliding pendants that I moved back into place with my fingers, getting glue all over me and fingerprints all over my tiles.  No fun.  This is the best solution ever.

Apply 3 layers of Mod Podge, drying at least 30 minutes between each.  I like to let cure 1 week before sending the pendant off to it’s new home.  After 24 hours, I glue on the pendant bail or make a wire wrap bail like I discussed earlier (see above link).


Speaking of Xyron, Feature Product Friday is happening, and the start of the show is Xyron.

What is Feature Product Friday, you ask?  It is the brainchild of my friend Amy of Plucking Daisies.  If you’ve been here awhile, you have probably seen her rockin contributions to SBLC.  I love talking about products with Amy.  We are equally obsessed with the next new creative spray ink, paper, design line, gadget and trinket that will help us create what we love and take our imaginations to new places.  We want to share our go to products with you, and see what you have come up with using them.   Each Friday will be a new product featured.  We will show you our projects, as well as a roundup of your best projects using the featured product (see the list below).

Even more good news… Amy is giving away a stash of Xyron supplies, so head over and enter the Xyron Giveaway at Plucking Daisies.



Martha Stewart Mother’s Day Etched Glass Pendants

@savedbyloves DIY Etched Glass Tile Pendant #MarthaStewartCrafts #mothersday


Today brings a fun, simple Mother’s Day gift DIY using Martha Stewart Crafts glass etching cream to create customized glass tile pendants!  As I mentioned Monday when I showed you my doily etched wine bottles, this etching cream is simply amazing.  No glass is safe around me now!  Read on to see how to make these lovely pendants in no time!

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Glass tiles (I ordered mine on Etsy – size 1 7/8 x 7/8 inch

Martha Stewart Etching  Cream and included brush

Martha Stewart Adhesive Stencils

Rubbing alcohol

Pendant Bail (I use aanraku small silver bails from Etsy or Ebay)

Pretty Patterned Paper

Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and Antique (optional)

Sandpaper (150 grit)


Chain or cord of choice

Masking Tape

Protective gloves



Clean glass tiles with rubbing alcohol.

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Place adhesive stencil.

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Tape off area you don’t want etched and apply thick layer of etching cream.

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Wait 15 minutes and then rinse cream away under faucet.  Make sure to clean stencils well.

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Find area of paper you want as background.  Trace pendant and cut out paper for backing.  Using double sided paper gives the back of your pendant a pretty, finished look.

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Use your favorite decoupage medium to adhere backing to tile.

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When that is dry, sand edges to even things up a bit.

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Seal paper backing with your favorite medium.  I love the antique Mod Podge.  Apply 2-3 coats, allowing 30 minutes dry time between each.

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Adhere pendant bail using E6000 or other industrial strength adhesive.

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Let your bail set overnight and add your chain to finish!


I love them!  I made one for my grandma, mom and sister.  What a cool way to add a special touch to customize glass tile pendants.  Use a meaningful photo instead of scrapbook paper as an alternative.  Make them as wedding/anniversary gifts with the couple’s wedding date!  The possibilities are endless.

 Be sure to check out the other Mother’s Day and Father’s Day projects my cohorts are making with Marth Stewart Crafts in the list below this post.


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How to Make Soldered Pendants

How to Make Solder Jewelry #Pendant at @savedbyloves

How to Make Solder Jewelry #Pendant at @savedbyloves


I have wanted to learn to solder for years.  I sold some handmade necklaces in the past, and had issues with the jumprings opening and the pendant falling off the chain.  The best solution I could find was soldering the rings closed, so I picked up a soldering iron and it sat in the closet for 2 years.  I made a resolution to learn the technique in 2013, and ended up with the three finished pieces you see.  This project is great to encase and keep special pictures or sentiments to wear as jewelry or to embellish scrapbook pages and artwork.

How to Solder Jewelry

I was going to create a video, but there is already one out there that covers everything.  Here it is, straight from The Frugal Crafter.  I was lucky and happened to have the exact “third hand” jeweler’s tool that is used in the video.  I picked it up for next to nothing at one of those “As Seen on TV” stores.  You can pick it up at amazon for about $5.  So worth it, and essential for holding the pieces in place and still having a free hand for the soldering iron!  I picked up the square 1.5 in Ranger Glass slides at Michael’s.  The oval slides came in the soldering kit I purchased by Beads Landing (at Michael’s too).

I would love to see your solder work!  Do you have any great tips, or favorite techniques/videos to share?

Glass Tile Pendant Tutorial With Tips and Images

Glass Tile Pendant Tutorial

Today, I am happy to share with you a glass tile pendant tutorial from Irina at Irina’s Cute Box.  These tutorials are abundant in the creative blog world.  Irina shares her version incorporating a bezel setting.  She uses the same jewelry component supplier as I do, Sun and Moon Kits on Etsy.  Wonderful prices and service make this my go to shop for all of my wholesale needs.  In addtion, Irina has available some free printable images you can use for the tiles, and digital collage sheets available for purchase in her Etsy store (see examples and links below).

Digital collage sheets for glass tile pendants


You will need –

  • Images
  • Diamond Glaze or other glaze if you prefer
  • Bezel is used in this tutorial – You could also just leave the glass tile as is, seal the back (with Mod Podge or resin) and glue on a bail for attaching to chain.
  • E6000 or superglue

Free digital collage

The collage sheet is 4×6 inches,  containing twelve 1 inch square images perfect for glass tile pendants,  at resolution of 300 dpi.   Print on heavy (80-100 lb) using laser printer.  Laser images are more vivid and less likely to smear than ink jet.
How to make glass tile pendant
Supplies shown are from  SunAndMoonKits shop on Etsy.

To make the pendant

  • First, cut out image with scissors

How to make glass tile pendant

  • Apply small amount of glaze on the back side of the glass tile.

How to make glass tile pendant

  • Spread glaze evenly and pull out any air bubbles with fingertip or toothpick.
  • Place the image with face down on the glaze and gently press it from center to the edges, ensuring no air bubbles remain.   The paper should slide on the glaze when you touch it. This tells you that the right amount of glaze was applied.
  • Let glaze harden for a couple of hours and trim extra paper on the sides.   Use water and a lint free cloth to wipe away any excess glaze on the glass.

How to make glass tile pendant

  • Put a little bit of super glue in the setting.

How to make glass tile pendant

  • Place the glass tile with paper side down.

How to make glass tile pendant

  • Let dry, add chain and you are finished.

Visit Irina’s  blog for other free graphics and her GraphicLand shop on Etsy for  more beautiful and affordable digital collage sheets in a variety of shapes and sizes!

Graphic Land on Etsy

Digital Collage Sheets for Dominoes

Wire Wrap a Pendant With Video

how to wire wrapTo continue with our recent jewelry making obsession, today’s post will cover this gorgeous wire wrapping technique.   You do not need wire wrapping experience to be able to pull this off.  The example shown here is a rectangular glass tile, but you can apply the lesson to virtually any pendant or stone you want to set.

wire wrapping


  • Pendant for setting
  • Beadalon square wire
  • Beadalon half round wire
  • Beadalon 22 gauge round wire
  • Flush cutter

NOTE:  The video from BeadsDirectTV uses half round and square for the technique.  I only had round wire, which is what I used, and it worked great.  Something to keep in mind if you need to work with what you have.  Mine was 22 guage round;  Beadalon 22 gauge round wire

Make sure you check out their other awesome jewelry making videos.

Glue Free, Drill Free Way to Hang Pendants

How to make a pendant bail

Making a wire wrap bail  is a decorative, inexpensive way to attach pendants that eliminates the need for messy glue-on bails and hole drilling.  The look is intricate and ornate, and can be achieved quite simply with a few basic jewelry supplies.  This is a perfect way to bail glass tile and domino pendants.


Supplies for wire wrapping pendant

How to wire wrap a pendant

making a pendant bail

How to make a pendant bail

How to attach domino pendant

Glass tile pendant bails

The wire isn’t shaped to the edges very well in the above demonstration.  Make sure to keep it snug against the piece, like it is holding the pendant together.

Glass tile pendant bails

How to make pendant bail

How to attach pendant to chain

Use pliers to tuck in the cut ends.  Sometimes I file them when they aren’t flush.

It is as simple as that.  Now add a jumpring and your pendant is ready to hang, with fancy pants wire work to boot…

Here is what it looks like on the back…

Glass tile pendant bails

Here, I used the wire wrap method on pre-drilled dominoes with horizontal holes.  It is the same process, but you take the wire to the back through the hole so the wire only frames the top and runs horizontally through the middle.

domino pendant tutorial

domino pendant tutorial

Glass tile pendant tips

attaching domino to necklace

Some 1 inch glass tiles wrapped…

Serenity Prayer Glass Tile Pendant

Spiritual Glass Tile Pendant

Now you are ready to practice your mad wire wrapping skills.  If you try this, share pictures.  I love seeing what you have done!

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