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Topic: How to apply an image to a locket?  (Read 970 times)
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« on: July 22, 2012 03:58:56 PM »

I just recieved a gorgeous locket from a kindly internet seller. The picture on the front is shiny and beautiful, with vivid colors. It's been applied to a vintage locket.

It occurs to me that this would be a great way to make gifts for my literati friends (using public domain illustrations, quotes from their fave books, etc.).

I have some jewelry-making experience, but no idea how an image would be applied to a locket so seamlessly. Can anyone point me in the right direction? I would love to get crafting!
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2012 08:47:29 AM »

Are you talking about an image attached to the front cover of a locket, not inside the opened locket?

The front cover would be harder to do (well), but you'd either be "decoupaging" it on (with various materials) or "embedding" it under a clear medium like epoxy resin or polyurethane, etc**. Those are kind of similar when the clear coating will be thin.
You could also "transfer" the image (only the ink/etc from the image) onto various surfaces, but bare metal wouldn't give only a faint image since the ink/etc would be transparent.

You can find lots of info online about how people do those kinds of things on or in small metal bottlecaps that would probably be pretty much the same for a locket, although the exterior of many locket covers would be rounded rather than flat which makes applying a flat image much more fiddly.
https://www.google.com/images?q=bottlecap+jewelry (images on inside and outside)
http://scrapcationgetaway.blogspot.com/2009/11/digi-stamps-bottlecap-jewelry.html (image on outside)
http://glassattic.com/polymer/other_materials.htm > Epoxy Resins >> In Permanent Cells

** some people use "dimensional white glues" like Diamond Glaze, etc, or they even use decoupage medium (like ModPodge) or just thinned permanent white glue (like Elmers GlueAll) which is the same thing, for the coating over the image (and on the back for adhesion as well).  But both of those will be more susceptible to scratching and later cloudiness from moisture absorption than polyurethane, so many people will add a coat of polyurethane on top of anything else they use for more toughness.
« Last Edit: July 23, 2012 08:49:04 AM by Diane B. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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