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Photo Gifts (Part Nine)

I don't wear very much jewelry, but I absolutely love photo jewelry! It's so much fun to make, and so personalized! This necklace was actually incredibly fast and easy to make.

Photo Necklace
Approximate Cost: $2.50 per necklace
Time to Create: Less than an hour total time crafting.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

• Memory Wire Necklace (I got mine in a 3-pack at JoAnn for $3.)
• Misc. Beads
• Full-Size Domino Bead (Again, JoAnn - 10 pack for $4.)
• 2" Head Pin
• Jewelry Making Pliers
• Mod Podge (I used the gloss-lustre.)
• Small Paintbrush
• Clear Acrylic Sealer
• (2) Small Photos (I measured the domino, cropped my photos to size, and printed them on a 4x6.)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Put the head pin through the domino's pre-drilled hole (long side).

2. Using the jewelry making pliers, bend the end of the head pin to make a loop.

3. Cut the photos down to the size of the domino.

4. Using a small paint brush, apply a generous coat of Mod Podge to the domino, then place the photo on the domino. Take special care to smooth out any air pockets and make sure the photo is properly centered on the tile.

5. Apply a generous coat of Mod Podge over the photo.

6. Wait 15-20 minutes, then apply another generous coat of Mod Podge over the photo. (The first coat of Mod Podge will still be wet and appear white - don't worry!) Wait another 15-20 minutes and apply another generous coat of Mod Podge. Repeat until you have applied 3-4 coats.

7. Apply the clear acrylic sealer. I got the kind that only takes 10 minutes to dry, and I applied 3 coats of sealer. If you don't apply the sealer, pieces of dust, hair, etc. will stick to the Mod Podge and make the surface ugly.

8. Arrange your beads and domino pendant in the order that you'd like, and string them onto the memory wire necklace. Use the jewelry making pliers to curl the unfinished end of the memory wire.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

hi, i love this necklace!! can you tell me if you ordered those beads online? I can't find them!!! :(

Ashley Bailey said...

This is such a great idea! I love all your ideas for Christmas presents...obviously for next year! Wow! How neat!

Kat White said...

Alexis can you tell me what Acrylic sealer you use? is it a spray or other type. I used something from Design Master it does not say acrylic and I got fingerprints. Thanks for sharing your directions.

Jessica Deane said...

Awesome! Thank you for sharing this!!!