Friday 2 September 2011

Digital Images for Pendants & Charms

PaperStreet Supplies carries a large supply of printable images for use in altered art photo charms, bottle cap pendants, scrabble tile charms, domino pendants, magnets, pocket mirrors, pin-back buttons and more. With instant downloads you can start your mixed media or altered art project immediately!

Digital collage sheets contain printableroyalty free source images for use by artists,crafters & pendant makers, packaged neatly together into in digital file which can bedownloaded & printed over & over again. The digital images can also be manipulated using most photo editing programs (ie, Adobe Photoshop or the freeware Paint.NET).

PaperStreet's images are also great for collage, assemblage, scrapbooking, decoupage, and many other crafting projects. Collage sheets are available as a high resolution JPEG files types. Download links are activated upon payment review (usually just seconds).  Downloads are very reasonable and look out for their 'Buy 3 get one free' coupons which are always available on their website.

Choose from a vast selection of image sheets which include the following and many, many more

Steampunk backgrounds, Fantasy, Victorian, Vintage, Clockfaces, Gothic, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Birds.....

The image files are downloadable as A4 sheets, with which you have the option of either selecting square images or round images in various sizes ( The above sheets contain 1"(25mm) Square images)

Print and cut out these images for use in pendant blanks to create personalised pendants, charm bracelets and rings.

Seal pictures in with either Glass cabochons or Glossy Accents glaze.

Tip: If you want to use the 1" (25mm) images with our 20mm Pendant settings , then all you need to do is the following: When printing click into 'Printing preferences'. Then Select 'Effects'. Now change the "% of normal size" to 80 and print. This will reduce the 25mm images to 20mm.

Use our Pendant Settings with our Domed Glass Cabochons for a professional finish. As you can see from the bracelet on the right we have used the 16mm base pendant settings as photo charms on a large link charm bracelet .  We used the 1" circle Butterfly sheet from Paperstreet for a nice vintage theme.

All you really need here is our Hypo Cement Glue to first glue the picture to the pendant setting then once set apply a thin even coating of the glue to the surface of the photo, please be aware that the glue will set very quickly so you will need to put the cabochon in place as soon as you have applied it. Once the cabochon is in place you will need to apply some pressure for about 30 seconds to remove any air bubbles. Hypo cement will dry crystal clear enhancing your photo/image.
TIP - We marked around the edge of the glass cabochon on the image/photo to get the correct shape and size and cut along it.

Another great option is to use the Pendant settings with 'Glossy Accents™' instead of the glass cabochons. This fantastic product will allow you to let your imagination run wild!
Glossy Accents™ is a clear, three-dimensional gloss medium, which you can use to accent, brighten, dimensionalise and magnify your altered art and photo charm jewellery projects. Place Glossy Accents™ under embellishments to make them stick and on top to protect and glossify! Dries to a hard transparent finish, and also works as a glue.
If you want to give your jewellery more vintage look then try Crackle Accents™.

We used Glossy Accents in the pendant setting above. We first applied a small amount into the pendant setting and glued the butterfly image into it, then we placed in a couple ofSteampunk Watch parts with words cut out from a newspaper and then simply poured in the Glossy Accents - being careful not to let it spill over the edge and then let it set for a couple of hours - the results were amazing.
TIP - sandwich any photos/picture or newspaper clippings in clear sellotape when using with Glossy Accents to prevent the colours from bleeding.  Or you can use a sealant like Glue N Seal.

Also, using double sided sticky tape we stuck the newspaper clipping to a peices of thin card and cut to size. This added some depth to the clippings making them stand out more.

Another great range of products for making photo jewellery and for using Paperstreet supplies printable images is the Ranger Memory Glass and Frames.
Create a personalised window of art by placing a piece of Memory Glass on top of your work/photo or sandwich between two pieces. Use a Memory Frame to hold the pendant together or use Memory Foil Tape instead - here you would need to use a Leaf Mounting Bail to make this into a pendant

Layer your work to create the illusion of depth. Start with a background and add layers, distressing the edges with ink to create a shadow look aroung the image of text you are layering.

If you don't have a photo editing programme like Photoshop then click here for free download of PAINT.NET photo editing software . Then follow instructions to download and install.

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