Step 1: Materials for the Vitrine
• Metal foil tape
• A tiny treasure, like a tablespoon of sand from your favorite beach, a broken shell, a dried flower, anything that will fit!
Step 2: Materials for Decorating the Rim (there Are Several Options)
• Ribbon, cord, or wire to hang your pendant
• Fabric, ribbon, or yarn
• Seed beads
• Beading thread
• Beading needle
Step 3: Making the Vitrine
Step 4: Start With the Bottom
Step 5: Fill 'er Up
Step 6: Top It Off
Step 7: Seal Up Tight
Step 8: Admire Your Work
Step 9: Embellish!
Wrap a wide ribbon around the perimeter of the vitrine, or if you are skilled at wrapping and bending wire, you could create a little cage for your vitrine. Crochet or knit a band to fit, or sew a fabric cozy.
I like to create bands of seed beads around my vitrines. This takes longer, but I think it looks very cool. You can use a variety of bead weaving techniques to cover the rim. I often use a right angle weave technique, which is very easy to learn. Right angle weave also lends itself to more complex, three dimensional structures. You can make your band as simple or as fancy as you feel comfortable. Other beaded options include peyote or brick stitch, netting, or looming; there are literally hundreds of beading techniques and styles you can use.
Crafting a bail
Again, this can be easy or complex. If you want the rim of your vitrine to be covered with fabric or ribbon, you can simply sew a jump ring on it and string a cord through. If you’ve made a beaded rim, you can either make a simple bail by beading a small circle on top of the vitrine, or you can make a more complex bail using right angle weave or peyote stitching. If you want to hang your pendant using coated wire, you can simply pass the wire through a couple of beads at the top of your band.