Monday, 4 July 2011

Vacation Photo Bracelet with my Handmade Button Charms.

I love going away on vacation!  Well who doesn't.  I love it so much I'm planning to buy a vacation home (eventually to be a retirement home) somewhere warm.  I'm currently looking at Costa Rica. To remind me of my dream and of the wonderful vacation we had there in February 2011 I've taken some of my vacation photos and instead of making them into my buttons as I usually do I put a hole in the top and made them into little charms and simply added a jump ring and put them on a chain/bracelet.  Now I can have my vacation memories with me any time.

While I can put photographs on my buttons (as you can see from above) it's a bit tricky and I sometimes find they're a bit darker than I'd like.  It's hard to get the contrast just right when the photographs have similar tones.  These charms are also about 3/4" or 2 cm round and I think next time I'd make them a bit bigger just because the photographs have a lot of detail so it would be easier to see them that way.  The backs of the charms are just plain white.  I think I might put a colour/color on the back next time as well.  This was just an experiment really but I think it turned out pretty well.  I'm not a jewelry/jewellery maker so will not be adding these types of items to my Etsy shop.  This one is just for me and it's fun and brings a smile to my face when I remember the fun we had in Costa Rica.

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