Adhering photos to metal blanks is a really handy thing to know how to do for making any piece of jewelry with an image. Taking a few extra steps instead of just using clear glue on the back of the photo and clear nail polish on the top of the photo will really make it look professional. I recently needed to use it for adding pictures to pendants for gifts and wanted to do it the right way.
One of my FAVORITE beading artists/jewelry makers, Diane Hyde, was kind enough to share with me how to do it correctly. So here’s the basic way to add photos the right way:
1. You can use any small paper images taken right out of mail order catalogs or magazines if they’re the size you want or reduce the images on a photocopier to the correct size. You can also simply cut a photo to the size you need for the metal blank.
2. Take your metal blank and scrub it with steel wool (cuts the oily residue). Then spray a light amount of SPRAY MOUNT onto the back of the image and make sure newspaper is under your piece when you spray. Now firmly press the image onto your metal blank
3. SEAL YOUR IMAGE. This is a crucial part. Diane suggested using Krylon Preserve It! (you can buy it at a craft store like Michaels). Don’t saturate the surface, but spray it lightly once. Then wait until it’s dry and repeat the process about 2 more times. The matte finish works best and works great with images from an ink jet printer. Good luck!