When I learned that June was going to be “Jewelry Month” here on Crafts Unleashed, I wondered what in the world I could contribute? I do not consider myself a jewelry maker. Thank goodness for variety in crafters, other people make the jewelry–and people like me, buy it from them.
I decided to stay true to my style, and create a home decor jewelry piece.
A family tree using jewelry making supplies.
I was pleasantly surprised how easily this came together, and I really love the end result.
Gather your supplies. Here is what I used to make my tree:
- Metal Jewelry Display Tree
- Aleene’s Paper Glaze
- Signed, Sealed and Remembered, Square Antique Silver Frames
- Ornate Silver Heart Charms
- Beadalon® Tags-Open Heart-Silver Plated
- Chain-Alternating Link Lg-Silver-18 inch
- Silver Jump Rings
- Silver Beading Wire
- White Alphabet Beads
- Xyron Sticker Maker (optional)
- Craft Knife
- Bone Folder
- Photos sized to 3/4″x 3/4″
The first thing you will want to do is select your photos. I used a photo editing program to size my photos to 3/4″ by 3/4″ square. I also converted them to black and white for visual impact. I noticed that index prints (those thumbnail photos you get with your prints) are really close to the size you want.
Cut out your photos and apply adhesive.
I like to use my Xyron sticker maker for projects like this. The adhesive is consistent, and makes the photo lay flat inside the frame.
If you have never used a dimensional glaze before, here are some tips for use:
DO NOT SHAKE the bottle. Ever. Air bubbles are not your friend!
I like to work the outside rim of my projects first, and then fill in the center.
Continue to fill in your frame. Be generous. The glaze will shrink when it dries.
Here is a photo of a bubble:
Directions to the paper glaze say to pop the bubbles with a pin. I did not have luck with that. Seems like my pin just chased the bubble around in the glaze. I had better luck “scooping” the bubble out with a small scrap of cardstock.
Whatever works for you! Be sure to really scrutinize your frames for bubbles. Even teeny tiny ones will look funny if the frames dry, and that bubble ends up on someones eye or a tooth.
Set your frames completely flat to dry. Put them in a safe place where kids and pets can’t disturb them.
Allow the glaze to dry at least overnight.
Add your frames first.
I used jump rings and lengths of chain.
You just have to eyeball this part, it is all preference. I added a jump ring to the frame, and then attached the entire length of chain to it.
I eyeballed where I wanted the frame to “hang” and cut the chain to that length and then attached it to the tree using another jump ring.
I strung them on beading wire:
I am sure there is a more professional way of doing this, so feel free to do your own thing!
As for me, this was good enough.
I attached jump rings to the wire loops, and hooked them over onto a couple of center “branches” on the tree.
Not bad for a non-jewelry maker, eh?
The old adage, “If I can do this–anyone can” would certainly apply here.
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).