If you're someone who makes custom jewelry and you are looking for some new ideas for your inventory, then you should learn how to design snap jewelry. These are super popular with young woman who like the flexibility that the snap design offers. A snap necklace, bracelet, or ring, will let you switch off the pendant when you are in the mood for a different look. So, rather than have a whole bunch of rings and necklaces lying around, you can just have a small box with assorted pendants.
The basic method for making snap jewelry involves choosing an image, then placing it under a glass cabochon, and attaching that to a pendant base. It's simple once you get the hang of it. Here's a quick overview of how to make snap jewelry and what supplies you will need.
The glass cabochon is going to be placed over the image, and secure it down onto the pendant tray. You can get blank (clear glass) cabochons online at suppliers of snap jewelry.
Metal Pendant Tray
The pendant tray is where you place the image. Then you secure the cabochon over it. It's a good idea to get the cabochon and tray from the same supplier so that you can be sure they fit. Also, make sure the pendant trays are designed for snap jewelry. They will need to have a small "pin" in the back which is used to snap the pendant into the necklace, bracelet, or ring.
A Piece of Artwork
This is where you can get really creative. You can hand paint small designs onto paper, cut out images from magazines like you might with collage work, or you can even design graphics on your computer and print them out. When you cut the design to fit the pendant tray, you want to be precise, so you should get a precision knife.
You will need to apply super glue in two spots. The first spot is on the back of the image you are using. For instance, if you are using a small oval cut out from a photo magazine, you will apply a bit of glue to the back of the paper and then firmly press it into the metal. Then, after that photo is secure and the glue has dried, you will run a bead of glue around the metallic edge of the pendant base and firmly press the glass cabochon down so that it covers and protects the photo underneath.
To learn more about snap jewelry, contact businesses like Snap't.