Photo Transfer Bead Project – Baby Keepsake Necklace

Baby Face Photo Transfer BeadLearn From My Mistakes So You Don’t Have To Make Them Yourself:

Here’s a link to a video that discusses several of the frustrating mistakes I made while learning about the toner method for doing…..

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Excerpt from the Video:

I tried all kinds of different methods. There are many to choose from. Some include special papers which I had trouble finding. You had to have the right photocopier. You had to rub the paper just exactly right. And I was running into a lot of problems.

And then I found one method that seemed quite simple. And if it’s done right, it is extremely simple. But I still was making mistakes.

Some of the things that went wrong were things that the demonstrator never mentioned. Things like having the right temperature of water. If it’s too hot, the image transfer will smear.

And when I laid parchment paper on top of the photo transfer pendant for baking (as I normally do with other bead projects), I ran into all kinds of funny smudges and things that I wasn’t expecting.

If you rub too hard or you leave too much paper on when you do the technique, you’ll get weird little splotches which the person who was demonstrating would not have done, because they knew how to do it right.

Polymer Clay Tutorials #79 Video Title Screen: Photo Transfer Beads:

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In the video I show a baby keepsake necklace that anyone can make. It is the type of project that will be cherished for a very long time.

Keepsake Pendant Necklace

This link will take you to the video if you want to watch it now: Toner Image Transfer Technique for Polymer Clay

  1. Cindy Lietz, 15 April, 2008

    If this topic is of interest to you and you want more information, I posted a full step by step lesson here: Polymer Clay Image Transfer Tutorial

    Cindy’s last blog post..Baking Polymer Clay Pendants in a Ceramic Tile Sandwich

  2. Katina K, 24 August, 2008

    One of the reasons I like to take classes is to learn all the tips that you normally don’t see in books. Tutorials are a way of taking a class without having to leave home!

    I love the idea of the baby necklace, I used to work in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and know many nurses who would love to have one made for the parents of their little patients.

  3. Cindy Lietz, 27 August, 2008

    Katina you are so right. I have twin nephews in NICU right now and I bet my sister-in-law would love to have her babies around neck when she can’t be with them.

    Thank you for the idea. I will make her some and send them to her!

    Cindy Lietz’s last blog post..Blue Flower Earrings – A Jewelry Making Project Using Premo Sculpey

  4. Cindy Erickson, 28 August, 2008

    Dear Cindy…COOL Information about image transfers!!!

    I was just reading the comments on your video about storing PC in the tackle box, when I saw the link to this page. Thank you soooooooo much for this!!! This is just soooooooooo cool!!! I have been thinking a lot about how I could do some photo transfers and “WELL AHHHH (sp)!!!” here it is!!! I just love it when life synchronizes problems with answers like this! :) Thanks :)…now, back to the last page I was on so I can thank you there for the storage tip :)

    Sincerely…and with hugs :)
    Cindy Erickson

  5. Cindy Lietz, 28 August, 2008

    It is nice when the planets align, isn’t it?!

  6. Vicky Edwards, 29 August, 2008

    Cindy I wanted to let you know that I absolutely love your color recipes. Look forward to more. Thanks so much! Vicky

  7. Cindy Lietz, 29 August, 2008

    Thank you Vicky!! If you ever have a recipe you would like to share with everyone, please do! You can email it to me and I’ll post it for you.

  8. Sue Bentley, 30 August, 2008

    How do I get the color recipes? I’m interested in the ones called… Metallic Polymer Clay Color Recipes with Bling

  9. Doug Lietz, 31 August, 2008

    Hi Sue,

    Here’s some info about how the color recipes’ work…

    Your paid subscription and paid back issue packages includes 24/7 access to the weekly Polymer Clay Videos and A-series color recipes.

    For the complimentary B-series color recipes, currently you must download them to your computer when your email newsletter arrives in your inbox each Friday. But please note due to issues with digital theft, the links to the B-recipes in the email newsletters expire after a couple of weeks. So you need to be diligent about grabbing them while they are available.

  10. Rebeca Santiago Rodriguez, 04 January, 2009

    I make polymer clay. I want to learn more. Thanks.

  11. Cindy Lietz, 04 January, 2009

    Hi Rebeca,

    It’s great to hear from you. If you would like to learn about polymer clay from, the first step is to join my Guest List newsletter. Besides getting some free videos, you will also receive downloadable color recipe cards every week as well. Follow the link by my name to subscribe.

    I also have a 39 part Polymer Clay Basics Video Course you can purchase.

    And the there is also my Polymer Clay Tutor Members Library.

    If there is something specific you would like to learn about, leave me a note below and I will do my best to point you in the right direction.

  12. Phaedrakat, 09 March, 2010

    This baby keepsake necklace idea is cute! It’s simple, yet people would have an absolute fit about it. A new parent would love to own one of these!

    I haven’t gotten into transfers yet, although I’ve purchased all the necessary supplies. Yet another thing I need to get started on!

  13. Bell C, 01 December, 2011

    It’s nice to learn something new and it seems with the community here there’s plenty of expertise being shared. I’m always thrilled to learn of others intrigued by polymer clay beads!

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