Photo jewellery is a relatively inexpensive way to make unique, personalised jewellery for your friends and family. Whether you're looking to create birthday or wedding gifts, or want a create way to say "I love you," photo jewellery can express as many sentiments as there are photos in your collection. To get started, you'll need a few basic items, as well as your sense of style and a dash of creativity.
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What You'll Need
You can choose to buy a photo jewellery making kit, like the ones from PhotoJewelryMaking.com, or round up these items separately. If you invest in a kit, they'll provide computer software for properly sizing your digital photos, as well as clear coating for sealing your photos, super glue to adhere photos to your jewellery, and photo paper. If you don't want to invest in a kit, or already own a copy of Photoshop, you can size photos yourself.
In addition to these supplies, you'll also need blank jewellery to which you can affix your photos. You can put photos on virtually any piece you like, from necklaces and bracelets to earrings, cuff-links, rings and even key chains. There are plenty of photo jewellery kits available on-line, but you can just as easily purchase blank jewellery from your local craft store.
Measure the space available on your intended jewellery and then size your photos to fit this space. If you plan to make a number of items at once, it's best to print all of the photos at the same time to conserve photo paper, as it can be rather expensive. Once you've sized and printed your photos, all that's left to do is glue them to your jewellery and then coat them with a clear finishing product to keep them from being damaged. You can buy clear coating on-line, or choose from craft products such as Mod Podge or even glass beads affixed to the photos to protect them from regular wear and tear.
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