Memory Charms

Mother’s Day is creeping ever closer and it’s time to get thinking of Gifts for you Mum. Given my (and I think many others) finances, an extravagant gift is out. The answer is these photo charms. They are inexpensive but retain a personal touch and will last years. Charm bracelets have become huge again, and these little charms are perfect for attaching to yours or your Mothers. Or alternatively you could string one on a chain and have a lovely locket type necklace. You can put any picture in the charm – a nice landscape from your last holiday, a sketch you did, a pattern sample, the possibilities are endless with this craft. But if you’re making it for you Mother, don’t forget it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday!

You will need:

To Make your Pendant:

  1. Print your image to about the same size as your pendant finding. I changed my image to Greyscale and boosted the contrast and printed at a size suitable for my round finding.
  2. Using your finding as a guide, cut out you photo trying to keep the edges neat. To test the size place it in your pendant so as to see the fit. If necessary trim a little more
  3. When ready, use PVA Glue to stick your image into your finding on the deepest side. Make sure the edges are glued but don’t flood the finding with glue as it will leave marks. Leave to dry for an hour or so
  4. Using the Fimo Liquid cover your image. Careful to add just enough to bring the liquid in line with the top edge of the finding. Us a pin to burst any bubbles in your liquid as these may expand further when baking if not burst.
  5. Following the Fimo Liquid guides, place your pendant on a baking tray into your preheated oven and baked for the specified time (mine said twenty minutes at 130 degrees, but it’s best to double check your instructions)
  6. Take out of the oven and leave to cool. Once cool it is now ready to be attached to your piece of jewelry -charm bracelet/necklace whatever or simply give as a charm on it’s own.


6 Responses to “Memory Charms”

  1. 1 Yvonne March 28, 2011 at 6:26 am

    We have just discovered your gorgeous charms made with STAEDTLER FIMO liquid – we’d love to meet you on our facebook fanpage !
    It would be great if you became a fan, too, and showed your artworks to all other FIMO fans on our page.

    Hope to meet you soon and best regards from STAEDTLER headquarters in Germany, Yvonne

  2. 2 Rachel March 28, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    AWW! I love this idea for Mother’s Day! Great thinking! Thanks so much for the how-to, I’ll be linking.

  3. 4 KristenMakes March 29, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Oooh, great tutorial, thanks! I’ll be saving this for Mother’s Day (being in FL, my mum is expecting her Mother’s day gift in May so I can procrastinate a bit!).

  4. 6 Mary April 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Such a lovely idea. The fimo liquid is something I’ve overlooked at the craft supply stores, now I’ll be stocking up. An A+ tutorial!!

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