Thursday, January 23, 2014

DIY Photo Pendant for under $2.50!


It's freezing outside and I don't want to leave my house!  I'm using this "indoor" time to get some of my crafting projects done.  I'm planning on giving these necklaces for mothers day, but they would be perfect for birthdays or Valentine's day too.  These are really pretty and cost less than $2.50 each!

What you'll need:   

*You can use any shape/size/color pendant with coordinating glass pieces.  Items at Hobby Lobby typically go on sale every other week.  I NEVER pay full price for anything at the craft stores.  You don't need much glue/glaze for this project, they should last you thru several more projects.

Step 1:
Add a small amount of Diamond Glaze to back of glass circle.  Spread around with tip of dispenser or toothpick.  Press gently on photo to remove bubbles and hold for 30 seconds.  *Note: do not wiggle it around too much as that will smear photo ink.  If you make a mistake (or see bubbles), don't worry - Diamond Glaze is water soluable, you can wash off the glaze and paper from the glass piece and try again.  Allow to dry overnight.

Step 2:
Using X-Acto Knife, cut paper and extra dried glaze from around glass piece.

Step 3:
Add a small amount of E-6000 adhesive to the inside of pendant (once this dries- it can't be undone) and press glass piece with photo into pendant.  If needed, tap (may need a few taps) glass piece into pendant.  Remove any extra glue/paper with X-Acto knife that may have pushed out around edges of pendant.  Allow to dry 4 hrs.

Step 4:
Place pendant on any chain, ribbon, or key ring you choose.  *You may need to add a jump ring to fit pendant on some chains.   Done!  Wrap and give as gift...or keep it for yourself ;)

Special Thanks to Kristen Burrell Photography for the wonderful photos of my little ones.



54 comments:

  1. I think this is a really great idea. Thanks for the details. I can't wait to try this. Thank you, Diane.

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    1. You're welcome. Have fun and let us know how they turn out!

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  2. nice!! :3 but it is not so difficult to find the material? :(

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    1. I purchased the Diamond Glaze at Walmart, but you can also find it online from a variety of vendors. The rest of the materials should be available at any craft store. There are many different sizes and styles to choose from.

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    2. I found everything online and at my local Michael's. I would never shop at Hobby Lobby. Great project!

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  3. Thank you very much for this idea!

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  4. I have tried this with diamond glaze and modge podge and it always blurs the photo and ends up looking like my 5 year old made it. I tried the self adhesive seal-itz strips this weekend ad they work much better.

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    1. I've found that a lesser amount of diamond glaze and minimal fussing works best. Don't get me wrong, I've had plenty of ones that smudged, but since diamond glaze is water soluable, you can just wash up and start over. I always print extras.

      Thank you for the tip on the seal-itz strips. I'll be sure to give them a try. Any idea how well the seal holds up over time?

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  5. I think this is a great idea. I want to make some right now, but I have none of the supplies. I have one question though. After the Diamond Glaze dries, does it still wash up? If the pendant gets wet, is it ruined, a loss?

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    1. Since the dried Diamond Glaze is behind the glass (and it should fit pretty tight into the pendant) a couple of drops of water on the outside shouldn't be a problem if wiped up right away. If you jump in the pool or take a shower with it on however, it will most likely be ruined.

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  6. Very nice idea! I want to make one too by myself.
    But where did you buy the left necklace or bracelet on the last picture? I really like that one.

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    1. You're referring to the chain with the leaves correct? That is actually a lia sophia necklace that is discontinued. I would recommend checking out ebay, sometimes they have discontinued styles available.

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    2. Thanks! I was referring to that one indeed! I'm going to check ebay for it :)

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    3. If you've not found the desired chain, I believe I've seen some similar (with the leaves) at JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts. Even if not, they have tons of awesome chains that are sure to please. I can't wait to make these four my daughters and one for myself with all 6 grandbabies on it! Thanks for sharing, Sarah!

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  7. I love this idea! This would be such a sweet gift! :)

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  8. what kind of paper do you use for the prints? are they regular pics or is it computer paper?

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  9. Never mind! lol just reread supplies. Oops!

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  10. I always have trouble printing photos to "desired size." Any tips? Like for example, what size was your original photo and what did you pair it down to? I would love to make these for my daughters. Thank you!

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    1. If you don't have photo editing software, try using Word or Powerpoint. You can paste the image onto a blank document and use the ruler on the top and side of page as a guide for size.

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  11. love the idea your a wiz

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  12. Really cute idea! It is super scary how much the picture of your mom as a little girl looks like my 4-year old cousin! They could definitely pass for twins.

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    1. That's so neat! That must mean your little cousin has those adorable curls - I'm so jealous! My mom did not pass down the curly hair gene.

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  13. Would clear tacky glue work in place of diamond glaze?

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    1. Possibly. You would have to be sure the glue dries very clear, not cloudy, off white or yellow.

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  14. Amazing homemade present! I'm about to leave my house to go purchace materials and was wondering if Tacky Glue works the same as the E-6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive? please reply ASAP! Thank you!

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    1. I'm really not quite sure if Tacky Glue would hold the same, but the E-6000 is only a couple bucks and holds EXTREMELY well. Hope it works for you and if you decide to go the Tacky Glue route, please leave a comment and let us know how it worked.

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  15. what size was the photo you used?

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    1. I sized the photos individually using photo editing software and made sure that the "center" was approx 1" the same as the pendant. I could have cropped the photo prior to sizing, but wasn't worried about it.

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  16. is great but I live in Chile and here i dont have this things what can replace those thing?

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    1. Hobby Lobby will ship international if you call them directly, but I'm not sure it will be very cost effective. http://shop.hobbylobby.com/service/shipping-information/

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  17. I just love it! Does anybody perhaps know where in SAfrica I can buy it?

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    1. I don't live in the US and am using ebay to buy my materials, you could check there

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    2. Hobby Lobby will ship international if you call them directly. Here's the info: http://shop.hobbylobby.com/service/shipping-information/

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  18. I love the idea and am planning to make this as a gift for a friend. The only problem is I've read about a lot of people on other blogs/sites having issue with the diamond glaze darkening/blurring the photo used? Did you have this issue? Are there any reasons for it/ways around it?

    Thanks!

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    1. I didn't have any issues with darkening at all. To avoid the blurring, I used a very, very small amount of diamond glaze and pressed it gently (trying not to wiggle much) and then let it set. Since these are tiny, I recommend printing off a few extra photos just in case you make a mistake. It washes up easy and you can start over immediately.

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    2. Thank you so much for your quick reply, this issue has been giving me a headache all day. Looking forward to now finally buying my materials and getting started. Thank you once again!

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  19. Wow! This is really a nice idea.. I also want to make some pendants like this... Thank you so much for sharing this with us.. Waiting for your next posts.
    tahlia diamond pendants

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  20. Perhaps printing the pictures with a laser printer would prevent any smearing. I took a class where laser prints were used with water based products and there was no smearing. I happen to have a friend who has this kind of printer. I think some of the office supply stores use laser printers for making prints.

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  21. I wonder if these can be used instead: http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/1-clear-round-fusible-shapes-331454/. My local Walmart has some exactly like these. Love your idea--and your whole site!

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  22. I love the idea you can make it as a magnet

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  23. Thanks for the great idea. I have been trying to find a good gift for my sisters. I want share our memories of our mother who passed away in December.

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  24. I just finished a bracelet, key-chain and bookmark for my sister. However, I sealed my photos first. You can use any clear spray paint or photo sealer. I used a liquid photo sealer from Hobby Lobby. It recommends that you seal both sides letting dry in between sides. It keeps the pic from any blurring, running or discoloration. I have tried to use the pre-made glass domes in the past but had trouble with one or two in every package distorting the picture underneath. This time I used the liquid resin and poured my own domes. I got the dual resin and hardener plunger pack. It seemed kinda pricey when I purchased it but went a lot further than I expected. It only took half of the amount supplied to do all 6 charms (1/2" ea), a 1.5" pendant and a 1" oval bookmark and I had a little left over. I still have half of the plunger full for next time. It seemed a little scarey at first but with the plunger brand I used, the plungers are attached to one another so you just push on both sides with equal pressure at the same time. You mix in a disposable plastic cup with a craft stick slowly so that you do not create a lot of bubbles. Once I poured, the rest of the tiny bubbles just disappeared. It actually made the pictures look better than before I poured. It does take 6-10 hours to completely dry but the results were worth it. The brand I used is guaranteed to stay crystal clear and is self doming. I really am happy with the results and know my sister will be also. Just my thoughts and experience.

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    1. Wow Eva - thank you for all the feedback! I love the tip about the photo sealer and will definitely give it a try. I think the liquid resin would be just perfect for odd shaped pendants.

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  25. Forgot to mention that all of the supplies are available on Ebay. Just be sure to check your prices. Some of the sellers have their prices way to high for the same amount of resin and hardener and the bezels.

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  26. Is there anything that can be used instead of Diamond glue? I can't find the thing, nobody ever heard of it in this neck of the woods... I wonder if Aleene's Paper Glue Gaze can be used instead? I found it in the local Pat-Catans. Thanks for sharing this beautiful craft.

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  27. OK, I looked and found Diamond Glaze online—yay! The medallions are really tiny, but the final product is very pretty. I made three so far with just the faces from: Botticelli's Venus, a Pompeii fresco some believe to be Safo, and a Madonna from Sanzio. Fell in love with all of them, and won't part with them, no, no, no! OK, I'm calm... Now, for a little bit of my experience making these. It's a bit tricky to get the exact size--especially because they are so tiny. I suggest you save your tries in Word; once you find the perfect size, put all other images in the same Word page and hit save, so you will have a good reference for the future. (This stuff is definitely addictive, so you'll infallibly make more, believe me!) It seems the glaze makes the pictures a bit lighter than the original; no big deal though. After the glaze dries and you cut the excess paper, before you glue glass to pendant, you can try it to see if it will fit into the pendant; it's a bit tricky to get it out, but don't panic and it will come out eventually. The E-6000 is black (yes!) so when I first squirted it on the pendant I was afraid it would taint the picture; didn't happen. They look gorgeous. Thanks for sharing this nice project. Emilia

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    1. I'm so glad you're having fun making these Emilia! Thank you for all your wonderful feedback. Please share a pic of your finished product on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SavingWithSarah I would love to see them!

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  28. Love this! Pinning onto the Kawartha Lakes Mums Crafty Fun Pinterest board

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  29. For anyone wanting to use their own inkjet prints, Glamour Seal works. Glamour Seal also works on laser prints and scrapbook papers. http://www.anniehowesjewelrykits.com/products/glamour-seal

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  30. Thanks for sharing such a valuable post. Your post help me a lot to explore Pendants for necklaces . Keep sharing such stuff in future..

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  31. Love! Hope we can feature this and you on our site!

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