Photo Collage Jewelry Project
Happy New Year, everyone!
It’s Candie from CandieCooper.com and I wanted to thank you for all the love on my first post here last month and for checking out my website (a work in progress for sure as I get my footing on blogging again). I’m not nearly as nervous as I was last time. I’m one of those people that once we’ve met, we’re pals.
I have a question for you: do you believe in angels? I’d love to hear your stories and thoughts in the comments if you’re willing to share. My answer is a hands down (or maybe they should be up) YES! Let’s head over to my old library desk….
The best place to be when outside your doorstep looks like this…The snow is coming down so hard! Here I sit with a fresh cup of coffee, sporting big fluffy socks and an idea to share with you. Life is good! It’s another EASY jewelry making project. I’m calling them guardian angel bracelets. If you’re a worry wort like me, these are the perfect thing to have on your wrist.
First, let’s start with me sharing some links to some favorite angel images from the Graphics Fairy archives. There are so many to choose from (like you didn’t know that). You can find them easily by clicking on the category “angels and fairies” on the right. I especially loved the stone angel because the house I inherited from my aunt has one similar to it on the front porch. This past summer we had a HUGE tree fall on this little house (aka my future “White House” studio) and the damage wasn’t nearly as bad as it could’ve been. I’m thankful for that guardian angel on the porch. Yep, I’m a believer.
I’m using square bezel frame links because they have loops on both ends. Measure the inside diameter of the bezel frame.The bezel frames are square so it’s helpful to crop the images to make them square. See above for where you can do that in Word.Next, change the size of the image to fit the inside dimensions of your bezel frame.Print the images onto card stock. I love the thickness of the card stock when fitting it into the bezel. Cut the images out so they fit nice and snug in the bezel frame. My desk always looks like I gave the paper a haircut when trimming images. This is just a small sampling of the snippets of paper that end up all over my world. I love it.Paint a coat of Mod Podge Matte down in the bezel frame.Set the image down in the frame and seal with a coat of Mod Podge. I like to add a second coat of Mod Podge after the first dries.
Mix up a bowl of bead soup. “Bead soup” is simply a hodge podge of beads. I’m trying to see how many times I can use the word “podge” in this post. The beads shown here are sparkly and matte, old and new, approximately 5mm in diameter.
String the beads onto special beading elastic. This elastic is round, .7 diameter and it’s great because it fits into the tiny holes of the beads. At first I carefully worked so that each bead that went on was different to the last and by the fifth bracelet it didn’t matter!Tie one end of the elastic to the loop on the angel link. What size bracelet do you wear? Most women wear 7-8″ bracelets. This is the total length that you’ll want to make your bracelet.Tie the end of the elastic to the opposite side of the link and then dot each knot with clear nail polish. I would have shown this step, but realized I’m out of clear polish. Then I was going to pop over to the drug store for some until I remembered I’d need a team of sled dogs at this point to make it there and back.Here they are finished! You can layer them with other bracelets too. Stacking bracelets look so nice together. Before I forget, I found the bezel frames at Hobby Lobby. They aren’t paying me to tell you that. Promise. There you have it; Guardian Angel bracelets. If you like this project, stories and jewelry making, may I invite you to check out this project on my website?I picked this picture because I thought you might like the little flower beads. At the end of the post you will find a video with lots of basic tips for how to make jewelry. I hope you like it. And don’t forget to leave your stories and comments below.
Stay well and warm, new friends!