By Jennifer Peters
You won’t believe how easy it is to create amazing photo transfers with just a few inexpensive craft supplies. Turn any photo or printable clip art into a sweet, natural brooch, perfect for adding a little cute to any outfit.
Supplies and materials
Small slices of logs or small circular wood pieces. (I cut mine from an apple tree branch with a scroll saw. Pre-cut wood pieces can also be found at craft stores.)
Mod Podge glaze, extra hard finish
Laser printer (not an ink jet printer)
Digital clip art images or your own digital photos
Fine sand paper
Dish sponge and water
1) Use the sand paper to prepare the surface of a log slice. Sand until surface is smooth to the touch. Wipe with a wet cloth to remove dust and set aside to dry completely.
2) Head to your computer and choose an image you would like to use. Use the “invert image” on your computer to flip the image (any text will appear backwards, but when transferred it will read the correct way.) Size your image appropriately to fit your log slice. If you have a laser printer, print the inverted image on regular paper. If you don’t own a laser printer, just take your image to any copy place and they can print it for you.
3) Cut out your image to fit on the log slice. Using a paint brush, apply a layer of Mod Podge glaze to the right side of the image as well as a layer on the log circle. Carefully place the image face down onto the glazed log slice and press gently to smooth out any bubbles or creases. Once you are sure the image has been firmly pressed, let the whole thing dry completely for at least four hours (overnight is better.)
4) When your piece is completely dry, wet a sponge and dab it gently onto the image until it thoroughly soaked through. Use your finger to gently rub the paper off the log. Try not to rub too hard or you may end up rubbing off the image completely. Beneath the white paper will be your photo transfer. Magical!
5) Let the piece dry and then apply another layer of Mod Podge on top to seal in the image on your brooch.
6) Use epoxy glue to attach a pin back to the top part of the back of your brooch. Let dry overnight. Pin to your favourite jacket and enjoy.
Next month: Pretty wall art made from repurposed plates and saucers.
Jennifer Peters has loved messing around with arts and crafts since she was a little girl. In 2003, she graduated from York University with a bachelor on fine arts. Jennifer loves baking, cake decorating, miniature making and photography. She has a dream of becoming one of Martha Stewart’s craft team experts. Visit her at www.jennywren.ca and jenny-sugarnspice.blogspot.com