How to Create Photo Jewelry

Written by faith schuster
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Photo jewellery is not only fashionable and fun, but it's a trendy and unique way to wear and display photos of your loved ones. Until recently, photo jewellery was considered a speciality item, and was only available from a few stores and online vendors. But due to the overwhelming popularity of photo charm bracelets, Italian charm bracelets, necklaces, earrings, key chains and lockets, several craft-supply companies took note and began creating photo-jewellery supplies for the DIY home crafter.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Photographs
  • Paper
  • Scissor or X-acto knife

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    Purchase a photo-jewellery piece that comes with a plastic insert or a dimensional plastic "bubble" that sits in the indented portion of the jewellery setting. This type of covering is removable, which means that the photo inside can be changed whenever you like. Photo jewellery settings are available at most craft stores, which usually carry three to four different styles. The settings are typically made of a metal blend or pewter, and include an attached jump ring to make adding it to a necklace or bracelet an easy process.

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    Measure the inside of the jewellery setting and make a paper template with its exact dimensions. Then choose a photograph. You may need to shrink your photograph to fit the photo jewellery setting. If you have graphics software on your computer, you can use it to make your photo the size you would like. If you are not technologically savvy or don't have graphics software, a copy shop can also make your images the size you would like and print copies at a nominal cost.

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    Cut out your photograph with a scissor or X-acto knife, using the paper template as a guide. Gently press the image into the setting and place the plastic insert or bubble over the photograph.

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    Slide the photo jewellery setting onto a necklace chain, cord or bracelet; it's now ready to wear. You can also get creative and use the photo jewellery charm for earrings, bracelets and pins.

Tips and warnings

  • As your interest in photo jewellery progresses, you may want to expand your horizons and begin experimenting with alternate jewellery-making techniques--such as working with Diamond Glaze, a photo adhesive and sealant that helps give finished photo jewellery projects a clear, glasslike covering. Many people also enjoy using resin to create polished and professional-looking jewellery.

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