Many of the id badge reels which I sell in my own shop are created with photo-cup cabochons. These are very popular. A photo-glass cabochon is made by putting a photo or graphic design under a cup disc. These are utilized by many jewelry artisans to make picture-glass earrings and pendants.

I utilize them to decorate the very best of id badge holders. When I first started making badge reels with picture glass cabochons on them, I would purchase picture glass cabochons that were already made. There are many beautiful quality photo glass cabochons available on Etsy. Later I decided to create my own picture glass cabochons. Beautiful graphic designs sized at 30 mm, the right size for a round badge reel, are available for purchase on Etsy as well.

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These come as a downloadable document with jpg. I purchased a few of these and started my experimenting and learning to make good clear photo cup cabochons This required lots of trial and error. I found a true number of online tutorials and used those to make my picture glass cabochons. Very few of those early attempts went into my shop because I was not satisfied with the ultimate product.

Now after many tries, I’ve become competent to make these. I want to share here could go about making them in hopes of helping you to arrive at musician quality more quickly than I did so. I will talk about how to use a set of graphics that are already sized for you such at the one in the picture above from Cobra Graphics. Cobra Graphics has a few of the finest digital images on the Etsy industry.

Cutting mat which to use x-acto knife – I take advantage of one that is created for cutting fabric. Wax paper or some sort of slick paper – I take advantage of the 8 1/2″ x 11″ backing that I pull off of shipping labels. 1. Print the digital graphic page you purchased onto the Epson Ultra Presentation Paper – Matte.

Make sure you go to your printer properties when carrying this out and select “Best Photo” or a similar setting and also choose high quality matte paper. I have an Epson Inkjet printing device so I can choose Epson Presentation Paper. You want the highest quality print you can get. Be sure you have plenty ink available. Allow image dried out completely.

If you utilize an inkjet computer printer, you can try this trick I discovered. Place the page you printed into your freezer for a few hours. Allow it dried out overnight Then. This keeps the ink from bleeding once you begin using the glue onto it. The other thing you can do is apply a product called Micro Glaze over the print once it offers dried.

It defends the printing from bleeding. If you use a computer laser printer, permit the image to dried out. No additional steps to protect the image are needed. 1. Ready your round domed cup cabochons to be glued to the image. I really do this by cleaning them with a cleaner made to clean my eye glasses and a very soft cloth. Make sure the glass piece is dried out before moving to the next step.

2. Now apply a drop of the glass cabochon glue to the relative back again of the domed glass cabochon. If there are any bubbles that appear in the glue gently touch them with the tip of the glue bottle. You don’t want any bubbles. Bubbles cause air to remain under the glass and present a silver impact to the completed piece, kind of like seafood scales. 3. Take a breath! Carefully place the domed cup cabochon glue aspect down together with one of the 30-mm circular graphics. Use an extremely light touch, and place it down onto the picture straight.

You may then move the glass very gently to ensure the glue gets across the entire piece of glass. Easy can it. Your screen of time to go this is extremely brief, just seconds. Once the glue has grabbed hold a bit, push down gently, down straight, on the cup.