Sometimes you have to kiss a LOT of frogs before you find your Prince Charming! That’s what these last few months have been like for me as I went searching for a new company to create photo charms with my portraits. You see, I had a photo charm company that I adored, and my clients loved wearing their designs with my photos in them. But last summer, they announced that they were closing their company. I still get so sad thinking about it!
Fast forward to the fall and I found Jewel Kade. Although they were a “direct sales” company, I loved the ability to create custom photo charms for my Brighton area clients. The glass and soldering were a different look for me, but I quickly fell in love! Ah, but lightning struck twice – Jewel Kade closed down their charm business. I was out in the cold once again.
I furiously researched and found a few individuals [and even another direct sales company] that I was willing to try out for my clients. So, I ordered a photo charm from one company. And another woman. And yet another one. The joy you should feel when you open a mail package was actually frustration for me. None of them were up to the quality I expected for my portrait clients!
So this is when I became insane. I started researching how I could learn to solder and design these jewelry pieces MYSELF! [yes, insanity. Did I really consider that???]
Lucky for me, I never needed to learn this skill, because I found a woman that solders beautiful glass photo pendants. Finally! She’s been soldering since she was 11 years old and guess what? She’s also a photographer. So she understands my need for quality photos and paper to be inserted into the charms that she makes. When I opened her samples I almost cried with joy. They look amazing. She even lets me design the back of the charms with a design or another photo.
So there you have it. Now that I’ve kissed the frogs and found my “princess.” I’m back in the photo charm business. These beauties come in sizes from an inch square to 1 1/2 x 2 inches. I can help design one from your portrait session for you to wear or to give as a gift. With Mother’s Day coming up, it’s a gift that is sure to be cherished.
Most of the photo charms my clients have purchased are from portrait sessions. However, I can also do a special session for your child specifically for a photo charm or pendant. The pendant on the right, above, is of my daughter in her basketball uniform. I wear the pendant to her games instead of one of those big round plastic pins. Much more classy, don’t ya think?