DIY Photo Charm Necklace

Posted by Adrianne Surian
Keep special people and moments close to your heart with this easy-to-personalize photo charm necklace.

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Hey friends! I've got a way to keep your favorite people close to your heart today with personalized photo jewelry. This necklace is a great idea for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or any day, really! I'm showing off my kids today with a necklace I made, using some supplies on my last Blitsy shopping spree.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Fundamental Findings Bezel and Dome Round Connectors
  • Craft Glue
  • Fine Cable Chain - 24-28 inches
  • Jewelry head pins - one for each charm you're adding
  • Beads you love
  • Jump rings - 2 for each charm you make
  • Chain Nose Pliers, Round Nose Pliers, and Wire Cutters
  • Optional: 5/8" Round hole punch

Use the included template to size your photo properly. Here's a tip: glossy photos will work best for this project. I had some leftover cards from the summer with a matte finish that I used, and while the necklace still looks lovely, you'll get a clearer finished piece by using a smooth or glossy paper.

Trace and cut out the image, or you can take a shortcut by using a 5/8" round hole punch! It's not necessary, but it does make a perfect circle in seconds and it fits well within the bezel frame. Glue the images into the bezels. You can use your favorite paper-safe adhesive for this (I used Aleene's Tacky Glue). Allow it to dry while you work on the next steps.

Next, create your charms. If you haven't made beaded charms before, now is the time to learn. I use them in lots of my favorite jewelry projects to add a bit of color or sparkle to a piece. It's a two-step process. First, add a bead to a jewelry head pin. I'm also using a bead cap in this example, which just makes a bead look slightly more fancy when you're finished. Grip the pin with your round nose pliers, and wrap it around one side, forming a loop.

Now, between the loop you created and the bead, wrap the end of the pin around the base, filling the space with coils of wire. You only need one wrap to secure your charm, but if you like the looks of more coils, then try leaving a bit more space between the bead and the loop. The goal is to fill the space so that the bead won't slide around on the pin. If there's any excess wire, trim it off with your wire cutters.

While I was still waiting for my photos to dry, I worked on assembling the rest of the necklace. To attach the beaded charm(s) you make to the photo charms, twist open a jump ring with your jewelry pliers, and add both pieces. Twist the ring closed again. Add a second jump ring to the top of the photo charm so that you can string it on a necklace.

When your photo charms have dried, you can add either the included self-adhesive epoxy domes (which is what I did), or you can mix up some Ice Resin to seal the photo instead. Ice Resin will give you a slightly clearer and more durable finished photo charm, but it requires mixing and curing overnight. It's not difficult! But it's not quite as easy as sticking a self-adhesive dome directly onto the photo to finish the piece. You can choose either method, based on how much time patience, and supplies you have on-hand!

String the charms onto a long chain (I like a 28 inch length, which hits the midriff on most women). If you're making your own chain and plan to just slip the necklace over your head, you don't even need a clasp! Connect the two ends of your chain together with a small jump ring.

This keeps my kids close to my heart every time I wear it, and it's an easy way to personalize your pieces! Thanks for joining me today, and happy crafting!

~ Adrianne