Sorry I’m a little bit tardy on my post today! My computer was having a small tantrum, I have an eye infection and my spectacles make me dizzy, and on top of that, it is SNOWING at my house today! What a lovely Monday morning.
Lately I’ve been having fun making some DIY Personalized Photo Jewelry. I love personalized stuff! There are so many great tutorials out there and awesome supplies for the DIY-ers. While this isn’t really a super detailed step-by-step tutorial, I thought I’d share a few cute things I’ve made recently with some simple instructions.
A glass tile family photo pendant
A bracelet with faces of my loves.
I love using photos for different projects. I made the bracelets for my mom and mother-in-law (and myself!) for Mother’s Day, with photos of their grandchildren. They were a big hit!
** Your favorite brand of “diamond glaze” (I got mine on Etsy called “Sun and Moon Scrabble and Glass Glaze”)
** E-6000 or other super strong adhesive
** a glass tile of any shape or size (I ordered mine from Sun and Moon Craft Kits on Etsy, it’s the rectangular size glass tile)
** silver bails (silver “hooks” to allow you to put your pendant on a chain–also available in craft stores or in abundance on Etsy!!)
Decide what photo you want to put on your glass tile. I measured my glass tile and in Photoshop cropped my photo to the correct size. I printed on luster photo paper at Costco. If you print from your home printer, make sure you spray your photo with some sort of sealant so that the color won’t bleed when you put the adhesive on it.
Spread a thin, even layer of the GLASS GLAZE on the glass tile, then place your photo “face down” onto the glaze. Position it where you want it and smooth it out, making sure to get rid of any air bubbles. Then spread another thin layer of glass glaze on the back of the photo.
When dry, put a small amount of E-6000 on the silver bail, then attach to the back of the photo tile. Let dry for 24 hours. Then you can put it on a chain and it’s done!!
I’ve made lots of these pendants, with different photos, cute scrapbook paper, initials, you name it. One of my favorite necklaces I’ve made is of the Salt Lake Temple, with me and my husband’s initials. These make awesome gifts too.
For the photo bracelet, I got an “empty” bracelet at Hobby Lobby (we just got a brand new store close to my home and it’s glorious!).
I measured the little squares (they were like .625 inches) and cropped my little photos in Photoshop. Printed them at Costco again. Then I put a thin layer of the GLASS GLAZE (used on the pendants) on the back of the little photos and place them into the bracelet.
Once placed in the squares on the bracelet, I squeezed the glass glaze to completely cover each photo, being careful to get rid of any air bubbles. I used a toothpick to pop any that showed up. The glaze will be cloudy until it dries completely. Make sure your bracelet is on a flat surface to ensure even distribution of the glaze. (apologies for not-so-great photos)
Let it dry for 24 hours before wearing. And there you have it!
I wore mine to church on Mother’s Day and got lots of compliments on it! I had to chuckle when they asked if my husband got it for me for Mother’s Day–I said I made it for myself as a gift. I love it!