If you’ve ever tried to successfully adhere images (especially photos) to glass or acrylic pendants for use in jewelry and home decor design, you are probably aware of how tricky it can be.
Regular photo paper is too slick, and doesn’t adhere well to a super smooth surface no matter what adhesive you use. Cardstock doesn’t take photographic images well and soaks up adhesive, leaving the image dull and sometimes blurry.
Enter Jewelry Attitude by Craft Attitude (package includes eight 8.5 x 11″ sheets and retails for $16.99). Jewelry Attitude is “a new, patented technology that allows your printed inkjet image to be separated from its original paper carrier and become part of a new surface when applied.”
Jewelry Attitude is marketed specifically for jewelry design, but there are other versions of this paper being marketed, such as Decor Attitude, Magnet Attitude, Quilt Attitude, etc.
The package includes eight sheets of the jewelry attitude film and instructions. It’s basically a clear film backed by paper that you run through your ink jet printer.
We have several printers, but I decided to use the one printer most crafters seem to have handy: a compact inkjet photo printer. I cut the Jewelry Attitude sheet into a 4×6 size with my paper trimmer and fed it into my Epson PictureMate.
In Photoshop, I took a bunch of clip art images of butterflies and made a collage out of them. Then I printed them on the Jewelry Attitude film as I would with any photo. I didn’t tweak any settings in my printer or do anything special with color.
To my surprise, the printed image was super-sharp and vibrant. It was as beautiful as a color photo, if not better.
The image is printed directly on the film, which lifts away from the backing paper.
As the instructions call for, I allowed the image to dry for a few hours before testing it by peeling the film away a bit from the backing paper. It looked great and the film pulled away from the paper very easily.
Next, I pulled out an acrylic pendant blank. These are readily available from many manufacturers and available in the jewelry/mixed media aisles of all the big box craft stores. I actually had mine custom made about ten years ago when acrylic rounds were not readily available.
I chose the part of the collage I wanted to place on my pendant and isolated it by cutting down the image to a smaller square. Then I used a Fiskars circle punch to cut the image down to the exact size of the acrylic round. It’s super important to keep the backing paper on the image while you are doing all this, because it not only makes it easier to handle and cut, it also prevents oil from your fingers from getting on the surface of the Jewelry Attitude film.
The next step is where I had some issues. The Jewelry Attitude instructions recommend using a glue stick to adhere the Jewelry Attitude film to the surface of the pendant. However, if you’ve ever used one, you know that a glue stick is not consistent, and I wondered how that might affect the final pendant if there were clumpy bits of glue caught in between the Jewelry Attitude film and the acrylic.
Despite my reservations, I went ahead with the glue stick as instructed. And, as I suspected, there were a lot of “bubbles” in the finished piece, even though I burnished it very well with a bone folder. I would strongly recommend using a liquid adhesive that dries clear and NOT a glue stick.
I allowed it to dry for a bit before drilling a hole in the top of my pendant and stringing it on some waved cotton with some pearls. I wanted it to look natural and easy, so I kept it fairly simple.
The end result is really lovely. And while there were some bubbles due to the glue stick, with the proper adhesive, this project is probably the most trouble free and incredibly quick photo pendant that I have ever made, and I have made a lot of them.
If you are interested in making photo pendants, or custom image pendants, or even glass pebble refrigerator magnets, Jewelry Attitude is something that you absolutely must have in your supply arsenal. Even on an old photo printer, the image came through beautifully, and the application was simple and fuss-free.
- Incredibly quick way to make photo jewelry
- Excellent image quality
- Very easy to work with
- Glue stick adhesive left bubbles in image