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How to Make Glass Cabochons Perfect for Jewelry

Learn how to make cabochons using clear glass gems, printed pictures, and Mod Podge. These are perfect for jewelry projects and so easy.

How to make glass cabochons

We get about five minutes into October when I realize I’m going to be in a time crunch to make gifts for the holiday season. It’s like a tornado or Godzilla – I can just see it coming!

So what I try to do is tackle something that is going to be reasonable . . . not too hard or overwhelming . . . but will still make an impact, and the recipient will enjoy.

This year, I’m all about those cabochons. It’s not a secret I love decoupage jewelry, and these are right up my alley. Plus I can personalize to what the recipient likes.

Do you want a plump pug cabochon necklace? How about Grumpy Cat? I can deliver. If you want to learn how to make cabochons, read the tutorial below. Then scroll down and watch the video. Enjoy!

Yield: 4 cabochons

Cabochon DIY

How to make glass cabochons

Learn how to make glass cabochons using Mod Podge and the images of your choice. Perfect for jewelry making.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $4



  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors


  1. Select an illustration to match the size of your cabochon.Renaissance inspired books to use for the project
  2. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to seal the print. This will protect the print once you glue it to the cabochon. Leave to dry for 15 minutes.Applying Mod Podge to the image
  3. Place the cabochon on the print, and trace the outline.Choosing an image and tracing
  4. Cut out the print just within the trace line. You want the print to be a fraction smaller than the cabochon itself.Cutting out the image to fit with scissors
  5. Apply a layer of Mod Podge on both the glass cabochon and the print. Cover the surfaces entirely.Mod Podge on the back of the glass cabochon and the front of the image
  6. While the Mod Podge is still fluid, place the print to the back side of the cabochon. Smooth thoroughly and wipe away excess medium that comes out the sides.Glass cabochon foggy due to the wet Mod Podge
  7. Turn the cabochon over and leave to dry. The Mod Podge will dry clear.DIY glass cabochon drying
  8. Cover the back side of the illustration with a layer of Mod Podge, to seal the print. Let dry.Sealing a cabochon with Mod Podge and a paint brush
  9. Use a wet towel to remove Mod Podge from the cabochon.Cabochon DIY
  10. Allow to dry for 24 hours before putting into a jewelry setting.Four Renaissance images with glass cabochons on top


When you apply the Mod Podge, you may notice tiny air bubbles appearing. You will want to minimize this effect, so try to pop the largest bubbles with your brush.

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