Arte Es Vida

Ancestral Memories Bracelet by arteesvida
November 11, 2006, 5:17 pm
Filed under: Beading, Kid Friendly Projects







Picture frame charms (available at most bead stores and craft stores including Hobby Lobby and Michaels)

Coordinating beads and dangles (I used silver roses and asian art glass for beads, and simple silver dangles to alternate with the picture frames)

Split rings 

One clasp set (I used a toggle clasp)


Two tube crimps

Stringing material (such as Tiger Tail)

Family Photos Or  Instant Ancestors



If you are using your own family photos…make sure you scan them into your computer first, don’t ruin your originals!.  If you use the  Instant Ancestors  image collection on CD, you will still have to do some adjusting to get the images you want to use down to size.  You won’t need a scanner, but you will still need some basic photo editing software to trim photos, and resize them to fit your frames.  The Instant Ancestors set is permission-free, which means you can use these images in your work for resale without paying a licensing fee.

After sizing your photos to fit the charms you buy (mine were very small, so I ended up trimming the photos down to just the face), print them out on either photo-quality paper or a high quality printer paper.  The photo-quality paper is ideal, but if the photo is a high enough resolution you can get away with using regular printer paper (I confess, that is what I used!)

Tuck your photos in your frames, and attach a split ring to each one for hanging.

Design your bracelet with at least some slightly larger beads to nestle either side of your dangles to keep them from sliding out of place,  You don’t have to alternate between the frame charms and other dangles, but if you find yourself impatient with sizing and cutting out teeny, tiny pictures, it is a nice way to fill out the bracelet without making yourself nuts!

If you are new to working with clasps and crimps, check out this picture tutorial to finish off your bracelet.

This makes a wonderful Thanksgiving project…a wonderful way to honor your family and all you are thankful for!

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