Vintage Pendant

Posted by Annette


Jewelry making is all the rage and craft stores are devoting aisle upon aisle to a wide array of supplies for creating your own wearable pieces of art. Vintage images used alone or in tiny collages can give your jewelry creations a customized touch.

The process is relatively simple with most glue-in style charms, pendants or bezels. The images are affixed directly to the components using an adhesive and set by filling with glaze or epoxy.

This becomes a little trickier when the pendant is shallow or has openings in the back. One way to solve this problem is to simply laminate your image or collaged artwork, trim to fit inside the jewelry component, and affix.

We used this technique in the pendant pictured above. It’s an easy project to complete:

  1. Add monogram to floral image from IE114 Floral I Download Collection
  2. Size image to fit inside your selected charm or pendant
  3. Print image on white cardstock or matte paper (hint: fill an entire sheet with images or collages to use for future projects)
  4. Laminate and trim out image
  5. Affix to jewelry component with adhesive (or double-sided tape if you want the image to be interchangeable)
  6. Use jump rings to add embellishments
  7. Tie ribbon to top
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24 Responses to “Vintage Pendant”

  1. barbara hopkins says:

    it is absolutely beautiful!!!!!

  2. Nancy says:

    This is beautiful!

  3. What a lovely pendant! this kind of jewelry is so In.

  4. Liz says:

    That is just stunning-the ribbon really adds to the delicacy of the piece.

  5. Kathy says:

    Very pretty.

  6. Shirley A Shelley says:

    I am interested in getting the instructions for making the vintage pendant. I have the program for our study club in november for a craft. This would be something I think that would interest everyone. Please advise me. I think it is beautiful!!

  7. admin says:

    Dear Shirley,

    Thank you for your inquiry. You are welcome to copy the instructions to create this pendant from this blog post for use in your class. You will have to purchase the charm to place the shrunken images into. You should be able to find these type of small frame in the jewelry department of your local craft or hobby stores. Please let me know if there is anything further I can help you with.


  8. Brandy Orndorf says:

    This is a perfect gift idea! Thanks!

  9. Valarie Lewis says:

    that is totally gorgeous! Where did you find the little frame? I know a few different jewelry companies sell Pateras (little frames with a sort of rim on them) you could yse those for this project, and then instead of laminating you can use crystal effects over the top, or resin, or you can fill them slightly with extra thick embossing enamel and heat them with a heat tool (embossing powder is found in the stamping aisle at most craft stores)

    The frame you chose looks so delicate and feminine. it is Very pretty!

  10. admin says:

    Hey Valarie,

    Thanks for the helpful information. We love to see others sharing these types of helpful tips with our other readers. Keep them coming. We found this little charm at a regular hobby/crafts store in their jewelry section. It seems over the last few years this area has expanded in most hobby/craft stores and of course, online stores can be found everywhere.

    Thanks, Cheryl

  11. Kathy says:

    How do you shrink the images from Vintage Workship? I have purchased several and cannot figure out how to change the image size. I love the products! Thanks for any help.

  12. Joyce says:

    I love this style!! :) Must go shopping!!!

  13. admin says:

    Hey Kathy,

    Thank you for your question. It all depends on what type of imaging software you are using. This is key for resizing images. Most programs that let you view images will let you resize them as well. Some programs include: Microsoft Picture Manager; PhotoShop, Photo Elements; Picasa (from Google). When purchasing the Designer’s Choice version of our images, you receive individual images that can be opened in whatever software you currently have. Sometimes you can open them in a preview software that comes with your computer and then copy/paste them into a word processing program like Word. Word will let you resize images and make a page of images to print all together. If you purchase the Click-n-Cut version, you receive a pdf of the images pre-sized. However, you can use the camera selecting tool to copy images from here into other documents as well. Then you can resize them, but please note there will be quality loss using this method because these are not high resolution images.

    I hope this information helps you out.

    Thanks, Cheryl

  14. Carla H. says:

    Oh, how I adore quick little projects like you’ve shown for us! Thank you so much for inspiring creativity! I see Holiday gifting ideas in my future..: )

  15. Janet Wade says:

    Thank you!!! I have been buying these pendants at local craft stores already made up. Now I can make my own. I use them as gift tags. Have a wonderful day.

  16. tajicat says:

    This is so pretty! Thanks for the directions and additional tips. :)

  17. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the tips Cheryl! I’ll be working on this tonight!! enjoy your weekend, Kathy

  18. Beautiful project! I think the frame would also be lovely filled with polymer clay. Either in a faux stone or a faux mokume gane technique, an image transfer or maybe even some cane work. Also really love what you’ve done with it. Would be a nice piece to wear!

  19. laurina says:

    thank you for all the lovely projects you offer,I will save this project and make them for gifts at the nursing home i work for. the residents love these gifts.

  20. Joan says:

    Where do you get the charm part of the necklace? I’m just getting started at being crafty so I don’t have a large amount of knowledge of the extra things. Thanks Joan

  21. admin says:

    Try visiting your local hobby and/or craft stores. They have been expanding their jewelry departments so it should be pretty easy to find. You should also be able to do a search online for jewelry charms and find some websites to find them. I did find a great website that sells a lot of the jewelry making supplies to use your own images. I hope this helps.


  22. dilandinga says:

    D2ycVJ I bookmarked this link. Thank you for good job!

  23. Lesley Clark says:

    We’ve gotten the photo charm, but now are having a hard time finding the elongated crystals. Can you tell us where you found them? Thanks.

  24. Lesley Clark says:

    Another place to get the photo charm is Hope this helps.

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