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Making Custom Made Photo Jewelry

Updated on January 8, 2015

Custom made photo jewelry

Have you ever wanted to wear a special photo as a piece of jewelry? A necklace made with a photo of one of your children is one-of-a-kind. A keychain with a photo of your dog isn't like anyone else's.
A charm bracelet with several photos is uniquely yours. You can order jewelry like this online; or, you can learn how to make the jewelry yourself.

I've made a few pieces of photo jewelry. I made a necklace for a mother who wanted to have a picture of her daughter's wedding put on it. I did a charm for a mother who wanted a picture of her baton-twirling daughter in costume put on it. I did a charm bracelet for a fan of a musical group. I made a charm bracelet with each member of my family on it. I made charms for a grandmother with the photos her grandchildren. I made another charm bracelet with pictures of the town I live in. I made a necklace with a favorite photo of a sunset here. I made some magnets for a friend with photos of her and her dog. Each of these were unique and held special meaning to the recipient. The jewelry stirred emotions and brought back memories that could be kept alive every time the jewelry is worn.

How To Make Personalized Jewelry with Your Own Photos

I came across a website that had kits for making your own photo jewelry. I decided to order a kit and try it. It was fun to do and I like the results. It is nice to be able to wear photos that mean a lot to you. The kit provided software to re-size the photos, the resin coating and the charms or pendants. The coating magnifies the photo and makes it easier to see. I found I had to be careful not to get the jewelry wet. A little bit of water doesn't hurt, but water can loosen the photos. Also making sure the photos are glued down securely is important as a corner being caught on something could pull the photo off. Of course if you keep the supplies you can remake the jewelry. The materials have been improved and now there are photo sheets with adhesive which adheres better and helps prevent the photo from being accidentally pulled off. There are also bubbles or glass covers that protect the photo from things like water.

You receive the software to make your photos small enough to fit on a 9mm Italian charm. You can make larger charms also for a necklace or a keychain. There is even a kit for making a belt buckle. You can also purchase software that will put a name or a saying on your photo.

You could make yourself a bracelet with 18 9mm Italian charms each with a photo of your choice. You could make a megacharm bracelet out of 9 megacharms. You can make a necklace or a keychain with one megacharm. You could make a charm bracelet alternating megacharms and 9mm charms. There are other sizes of charms and other types such dangling charms.

Keychain made with a flag photo
Keychain made with a flag photo

Unique Gifts

Give a one-of-a-kind gift

Photo jewelry is custom-made and one-of-a-kind. If you want to give a unique gift photo jewelry would be a one-of-a-kind gift. Giving a mother a necklace with a photo of her children would be a welcome gift. A grandmother might enjoy a bracelet with photos of her grandchildren. A recently married bride might enjoy enjoy a wedding picture on a pendant necklace. A pet lover might enjoy a photo of his dog on a belt buckle. A homesick student might like a picture of home on a keychain. This would be a gift that could be treasured for years.

Photo jewelry could make a wonderful Christmas gift. A necklace or a keychain with a photo of their valentine would touch some one's heart. Jewelry with photos of children or grandchildren would be a perfect gift for Mother's Day. A keychain or belt buckle with pictures of grandchildren would be a great gift for a grandfather on Father's Day. A photo of a favorite tree, mountain, lake, building or other landmark made into photo jewelry could make a great gift for someone moving away. A photo of a little girl at her first dance recital or a little boy in his first baseball game put on photo jewelry could make wonderful keepsake gift.

Just thinking about who you are going to give the gift to and what they like can give you many more ideas of what photos to use to create your one-of-a-kind gift. You'd never have to worry about giving a duplicate gift because even two photo jewelry necklaces would each be unique having different photos on them. Your own personal touch would be in the gift whether you make the jewelry yourself or have it made, you still select the photo that makes the jewelry unique. Looking at photos of happy times is a good way to make someone happy. You will be giving the gift of happiness.

Wedding photo jewelry charm
Wedding photo jewelry charm

Photo Jewelry Makes a Romantic Gift

Photo jewelry can be a very romantic gift. A photo of you and your valentine together placed on a necklace or a charm can make a romantic Valentine's Day gift. A photo of a couple placed on a key chain or pendant can make a memorable gift for an anniversary or a wedding. To wear a photo of someone you love close to your heart such as on a necklace can be a constant reminder of that love. A photo on a key chain or a charm bracelet reminds one of the loving relationship you have. When you are considering a romantic gift, photo jewelry might just be the answer.



9mm Italian charms

9mm Italian charms
9mm Italian charms

Photo Jewelry Charms Video

Here's a video with examples of the original photo and the photo charms that were made from the photo.

Custom Photo Charms and Bracelets

You can buy charms made for you with your custom photos or sayings. Some are very durable to last for years. Others can have the photos changed out whenever you want. You can select from different options and get custom photo jewelry that you will really enjoy wearing.

Mega Link Custom Photo Italian Charm
Mega Link Custom Photo Italian Charm

This enamel coated photo charm will be very durable giving years of wearing pleasure.


Photo Jewelry Making Video

Making a Pendant

Making a Pendant

Pet Memorial

Pet Photo Necklaces

Pets can be a very special part of our lives. You can't always take your pet with you wherever you go, but you could take a photo of your pet with you. A key-chain with a photo of your dog would be a constant reminder of his faithfulness and loyalty. A necklace with a photo of your cat would remind you of your cat's devotion. If you have lost a pet, a photo placed on a magnet on the refrigerator would keep them in your memory.

Custom Photo Jewelry

Unique jewelry can truly showcase your photos.

A Way to Show Off Family Photos

People like to show off photos of their family. Grandparents like to show pictures of their grandchildren. Parents like to show pictures of their children. Pet owners like to show pictures of their pets. Photo jewelry is a way to show off your favorite photos without having to ask if some one wants to see your photos. Just wearing jewelry with those precious photos puts them on display. You also get to see those photos each time you put on the jewelry. You have photos with you throughout the day when you wear the jewelry. The photos may be of special events such as a graduation or a wedding. They may be photos of fun times or they may just be nice portraits. What the photos are of wearing them will keep the memories close to you.

Best Photo Jewelry Styles

What style of photo jewelry do you like best?

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How to make Resin Photo Jewelry Videos

A Video Tutorial for a Resin Necklace

This video shows how to make a beautiful resin necklace with one of your photos. The video includes directions for creating the chain with the spaced beads too.

Custom Photo Pendants and Necklaces

There are several different ways to make your own custom photo jewelry. You have many options to choose from.

Photo Jewelry How To's

What Do You Think of Photo Jewelry?

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      6 years ago

      Stumbled upon your lens accidentally while looking for folks that make scrabble tile necklaces. As soon as I started looking through your stuff I got sucked in! Amazing stuff! You're very talented. Keep up the good work.

    • JenaleeMortensen profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: I've made gifts for my family and I like wearing the jewelry myself. I'm glad this lens has given you some new gift ideas.

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      6 years ago

      This is such a great idea. These would make wonderful gifts.

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      7 years ago

      My girlfriend makes amazing photo charms and pendants, from her website they are mostly sterling silver and she also makes fab mens cufflinks. Very talented!

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      7 years ago

      my wife loves this stuff, loves having pictures of our kids on her necklace.

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      7 years ago

      very nice pieces. lots of good ideas thanks

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      7 years ago

      well.. i am totally Speechless.

      You've given us Such a great constructive ideas. I'm Loving it seriously. Thanks for sharing

    • CanadaREVIEW profile image


      7 years ago

      Wow another fantastic idea! I am going to make a few of these to give out to family at Christmas! thank you ever so much for sharing!

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      7 years ago

      The possibilities are unending with making your own photo jewelry, very nicely done!

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      7 years ago

      very Nice and creative lens,

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I liked seeing the videos to see how this is done. Nice job!

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      8 years ago

      What a wonderful and unique gift idea or anniversary present. I am the Squid Angel for the Anniversary neighbourhood and I am more than happy to give you my blessing.

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      8 years ago

      I like so much your idea, it is new to me, but is fantastic.

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      8 years ago

      Photo Jewelry is awesome. Im wearing a pair of earrings right now with some interesting photos... they can be pieces of art as well. It has the same magnetism as my new obsession... charm bracelets... :)

    • dahlia369 profile image


      8 years ago

      One more proof how human creativity has absolutely no limits... :) Great lens, congrats!!

    • Blackspaniel1 profile image


      8 years ago

      Nice lens

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      8 years ago

      The sky is the limit with custom made photo jewelry! You just brought back a memory from when my oldest son was an infant. I recall my Mom, my sister and I wearing little necklaces with his picture on it. What you have here is more advanced than what was available back then.

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      8 years ago

      I love the bracelets with the pictures. That's a neat idea.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nice photo jewerly.

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      8 years ago

      Great ideas

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      8 years ago

      What a lovely idea. This would be a wonderful gift for military families whose loved ones are deployed as well. Great lens.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      This is a really nice idea! I have always loved lockets and the key chain here really appeals to me. Awesome!

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      JeffreyTymczak LM 

      8 years ago

      Clever Lens...very clever. ;D


    • semas profile image


      8 years ago

      A very creative idea!

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      Indigo Janson 

      9 years ago from UK

      What an original and clever idea. I think this could be a great gift for a special occasion such as graduation or wedding or an anniversary.

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      Linda Hoxie 

      9 years ago from Idaho

      These are just beautiful, I love this idea! Giving this lens a lensroll to my Photo Jewelry Store, I think they perfectly compliment each other.

      These beautiful photo jewelry will be treasured keepsakes, especially when they are created by a loved one!


    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      10 years ago

      This is a great idea for a business


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