If you remember, I made my parents a resin tray inspired by my late grandmother not too long ago.Â If you look at the tray, you can see that one of the memorabilia items I used was a scanned and enlarged piece of her writing that says, “Lots of love, Grandma”.Â I love my grandmother’s handwriting, and I like how succinctly those words convey her message, so I wanted to create a memory piece with just that.Â I’ve always wanted to make some photo jewelry, so I decided to use that technique, but instead of using a photo, I would use the scanned signature.
PhotoJewelryMaking.com has everything you could possibly need to make simple pieces.Â For this particular project, I selected the brocade brooch because I felt it matched her elaborate signature the best.Â First, I used their EZ Resizer software to make my image the proper size.Â It took a little bit of trial and error on my part to get it to look exactly how I wanted but the program made it really easy to change things around. Then I printed it onto the provided photo paper. The next step was to apply the double-sided tape over the image. (Coincidentally, I believe this is the exact same tape we use for our folding photo cubes!)
I peeled the backing off the tape off and centered the bubble piece from the brooch kit over the image, pressing down firmly to get rid of any air bubbles.Â Next, I trimmed around the edge of the bubble and the piece was all ready to place into the pin backing.Â This was easy to do because the photo paper had an adhesive back, so I just peeled that away and stuck the bubble portion right in the middle of the brooch frame.
I love how it turned out. It looks very vintage and not like I made it this year. Guess what? Our next giveaway will feature some fabulous jewelry-making kits from PhotoJewelryMaking.com, so stayed tuned for a chance to win your own kit.