How to Make a Photo Pendant Necklace

Transform a family photo into a wearable photo pendant on a sterling silver chain.


Materials and Tools:

glue stick
microscope slides
glass cutter
glass cleaner
foil soldering tape
liquid flux
cleaner for flux and patina
soft cloth
silver jump ring
silver jewelry wire
lead free solder
soldering iron
sterling silver chain
lobster clasp
wire cutters
flat-nose pliers
round-nosed pliers
needle-nose pliers


  1. Scan two pictures (one picture for each side of the pendant) into the computer. Size them to 1-1/2" x 1" and print them on paper. Print out names or words of inspiration.
  2. Cut out the pictures and words. Glue the words onto the pictures using a glue stick. Glue the pictures back to back.
  3. Cut a microscope slide in half using a glass cutter. Clean the pieces with glass cleaner.
  4. Sandwich the image between the two pieces of glass.
  5. Wrap the edges of the glass with foil soldering tape. Brush liquid flux over the foil tape.
  6. Adhere solder over the foil-taped edges with a soldering iron.
  7. Repeat the soldering process on the reverse side of the pendant. Clean with flux remover and a soft cloth.
  8. Clamp the piece and apply flux to the top edge. Hold the jump ring with needle-nose pliers and solder the two jump rings evenly spaced across the top. Clean with flux cleaner.
  9. Make two tiny wire hearts from the silver jewelry wire by shaping the wire around round-nose pliers. Solder one heart to the lower left corner of each side of the pendant.
  10. Attach the chain onto wire strung with two beads next to each jump ring on the pendant and close with the flat-nosed pliers. Add a lobster clasp.

Alisa Taxe, Beverly Hills, Calif.

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