Hey everyone, Laura here! This is my first official post here on The Hybrid Chick blog!! Let’s get started shall we? There are a ton of different ways to create jewelry using hybrid! In fact, we’ve even featured a few techniques here on THC. Today I will teach you how to alter a store bought locket and make it YOURS! Come on in, the water is nice and warm!
First, the supplies I used are:
- Heart Locket
- Epson Premium Matte Photo Paper
- Mari Koegelenberg’s Dotty Gels Alpha in Black
- Fashion Plate Collab by TDC Designers
- Mod Podge
- Cutterbee scissors or an exacto knife
- Paint brush
- Triple Thick OR Diamond Glaze
Now that I’ve got all my supplies ready, I started by taking off the original embellishment on the heart locket. In this case it was an acrylic sticker and was super easy to remove. I just used my exacto knife to get underneath it and lifted it off.
After I’ve removed it, I have just a plain metal locket. A perfect canvas to work with! Now here comes the somewhat tedious part. In photoshop, I used the heart shape and clipped my pictures to them. I measured (roughly) how big the locket was. Then, I made my pictures to size and printed them out. I would suggest making duplicates of each picture in case you mess up you can just start a new one!
I very carefully started to cut out my heart shaped pictures. It doesn’t really matter if they are overlapping because you can always go back after its’ glued and cut the edges off.
After I cut out all my hearts, it’s time to glue them to the locket! I used some mod podge to glue them on and then cut off the overlapping edges to make sure it was a snug fit. After that was done, I went back over and put a layer of mod podge back over the pictures so that they won’t bleed when putting on the triple thick or diamond glaze!
Take the other end of the brush and really go over it a few times to make sure it’s really stuck!
OKAY! Almost there! Now all you have to do is apply the triple thick or diamond glaze to the top of the locket for a nice glaze finish! You can do this with a soft (small) brush and if you have any air bubbles, you can use a toothpick or a coarse bristle brush to get them out. Let it sit for at least 24 hours before handling to make sure the glaze has set! So now, guess what?? YOU’RE DONE! Yay! It is really simple and makes for a perfect gift for a child or grandmother, mother etc. This particular one I made was for my little girl when she started school!
I had a ton of fun making this and I hope you will too! 🙂