It can be easy to make quality photo pendants and charms using resin. Some resin can be tricky to work with, but I’ve found that Castin’Craft’s Easy Cast Epoxy is actually very easy to use. You just need a few supplies and before you know it, you will have fun charms or keepsake photo pendants for you or for gifts!
Glue (if using a bail or glueing a frame or scrabble tile onto another setting, use e600 or something similar)
Scrapbook paper, digital negatives, small pictures, or other paper-type item
Blow dryer (optional, but recommended)
Optional – chain, key ring or ball chain, bails, or cufflinks
Epoxy, digital negatives, and frame charms
For this project, I used Costco’s 5×7 digital negatives and frame charms. In the photo on the top of this post, there are cufflinks made out of scrabble tiles, using pictures from a vintage bug dictionary. You can also do photos or scrapbook paper on scrabble tiles and glue a bail onto the back, or use a cabochon setting.
To make tiny pictures: In a photo editing software or PowerPoint create a 4×6 inch shape, insert the pictures you want to use and minimize them to your setting’s shape. Do a couple different sizes to play around with, fill up your 4×6 shape and have printed at a 1 hour photo place.
Follow the Easy Cast directions and mix your epoxy. The amount you need will determine how many items you are using. A little bit goes a long way, so do several pendants at a time.
Cut your paper/photo to fit your setting, tile, or frame; glue into place.
Using your plastic knife, small spoon, or stick, carefully drop a small bit of resin on top of your photo. Use a toothpick to spread it into corners and sides. Add more if needed. Resin is thick enough to “dome” on to of a surface, like water on a penny.
Using a blow dryer on low, directly above your pendant, carefully blow out any air bubbles.
Keep in a warm, dry, place for 24+ hours until no longer sticky
Glue a bail on the back of your tile, attach chain or key ring to your pendant, and enjoy!
Charms for jewelry
Glue tiles onto bobby pins with settings, or other berets
Wine glass charms
Napkin ring charms
Glue settings onto rings
Glue onto picture frames
Make 3D stickers by coating store-bought or handmade stickers with resin
I know it’s not even November yet, but before you know it, it will be time to send out Christmas cards. If I don’t start on things now, they will probably go out late! Besides, you don’t have to make just Christmas cards with this tutorial, you can make any card or invite or layered graphic.
My computer has Photoshop on it, but it’s on the fritz, so I have been using my husband’s computer – he doesn’t have Photoshop on his computer and I have been procrastinating on installing it. I’ve been doing all my icons and graphic layering using POWERPOINT! Microsoft does make a flyer making software, but I don’t have that on my computer, either.
Some things are actually easier to use PowerPoint than Publisher or Photoshop or any other fancy photo editing software. I’ve including the following step-by-step tutorial on how to do your own Christmas cards (or birthday, or Easter, or scrap booking or electronic invitations) using PowerPoint. I made my wedding monograms some years back with this technique.
Printing pictures as Holiday cards can be more economical and can offer you more creativity and variety. You don’t have to follow a template! You can even make your own postcards this way by gluing cardstock to the back of one of your pictures.
TEN DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS. Holy Moly. My list of things to do seems longer now than it did a week ago!
Our Christmas decorations have been up for a couple of weeks now, but I’m still missing a centerpiece for the table (I’m also hosting Christmas Breakfast at my house). Here are some easy centerpieces that still look elegant and festive.
Felt flowers are everywhere; these cute flora can be used for brooches, hair bands, home decor and more! Not only are there a ton of different things to use felt flowers for, there are a ton of different felt flowers as well.
Here is a compilation of some of my favorite felt flowers and tutorials. Stay tuned for Christmas Gift Ideas using these rad rosettes!
Click "more" to view many more felt flowers and how to make them!
The other day I found this cute blue and turquoise fabric on clearance and I knew I wanted to make a dress out of it. I have this vintage dress that I love and it seemed simple to replicate – it’s really just a square with some sleeves and a collar.
I’m not a sewing expert, but I know that sometimes a little bit of direction makes sewing a little easier. I tried to include everything, so hopefully this will help! I used a thin, non-stretch cotton material for this dress. You could use an old sheet, cotton fabric, or a non-stretch synthetic material as well. The thinner the better because you need it to drape. Too thick and it will look unflattering.
You can include an elastic casing or just cinch it with a belt like I did! No zippers or button-holes required. I imagine this dress would be easy to make into maternity wear as well.
I don’t particularly care for fish that tastes fishy. I know all the fish haters out there will understand what I mean. I’m trying to eat more fish. I’m trying to like it. For the most part, seafood is starting to grow on me. I will definitely try any fish that is presented to me and I might even like some of it.
One of the fish we buy the most is Mahi Mahi (or dolphin fish, but apparently people are less likely to eat it if it has the word “dolphin” in the title). The texture of the Mahi Mahi is pleasant; flaky but also thick and moist, and it’s not overly “fishy” but it still tastes like fish.
The other night we made Mahi Mahi and a ton of vegetables from our CSA box since they were starting to pile up! Here’s the recipe for Spicy Mahi Mahi.
The internet can be a wonderful thing. Whenever you want to learn how to do something all you have to do is open up your computer and type in your search. One day I was browsing rockabilly and vintage hairstyles on YouTube and came across a great tutorial for how to do faux victory rolls. This hairstyle is often my go-to do and works great for next-day hair. Unfortunately, I went to look for it and I can not find it! I couldn’t find anything like it on YouTube, so perhaps it doesn’t exist, or I am just not looking for it correctly.
I know it’s not as fantastic as a video, but here is how to do a fake victory-roll inspired hair-do via pictures and instructions: (please forgive the awkward photos and facial expressions)
Yesterday I posted a brief tutorial on how to make a fitted shirt from an over-sized one. This tutorial will demonstrate how refashion the shirt by making a ruffle bib front. You can make ruffles and a bib from any material; scraps from a large shirt, or scraps from a second shirt.