Photo Jewelry Clear Coating Instructions

PHOTO JEWELRY MAKING INSTRUCTIONS

NEW RELEASE EZ Resizer V. 3.0

Please contact us at photojewelry@gmail.com with any questions or comments regarding the EZ Photo Resizer with EZ Crop.

EZ Resizer Software

1. If you are using EZ Photo Resizer Software, load the program into the CD drive on your computer. Follow the instructions to install the program.

2. Once the program is open, enter the dimensions (height and width – these can be located on your invoice next to the item number, and also on our website next to the item number on each item’s page. All dimensions are in millimeters) and select the shape that you wish to resize to. You can change the number of rows and columns depending on the amount of images you wish to add. You will also need to choose your paper size at this time (bottom left hand corner)

3. Select “Add and crop image”. Select the image from your computer. The image will open into EZ-Crop mode. Click “Select area to crop”. Click and drag your mouse to select the desired area. You will need to crop the photo to the same general shape of the item you are resizing to. The “desired ratio” feature in the bottom right hand corner should help you crop your image to the correct dimensions. Just drag the crop tool until the actual ratio matches the “desired ratio” If you do not crop the image correctly, you may experience some stretching or distortion when your file is generated. At this time, you may also choose to save a copy of the cropped image to your computer using the check box in the bottom right hand corner. When you are done selecting the area you wish to crop, select “Crop selected area” and then “Add image to program”.

4. After you have inserted your cropped photos and selected the size, click "Finish – Create file for printing”.

5. A PDF file will open with your resized images. Print this file onto your desired paper.

Photo Jewelry Clear Coating Instructions

After you have printed and cut out your photos, glue the photo down to the item blank (if applicable) with the included super glue, then follow these easy clear coating steps!:


1. Clear coating: Put desired amount of drops from the bottle labeled “clear coating” into plastic cup included in coating kit. To get a good a mix, don’t use less than at least 30 drops. NOTE: Photo jewelry clear coating works best at 75°F/24°C. The bottles should feel slightly warm to the touch. If they are cold, this can cause problems (bubbles) in step 3 when you are stirring. To warm your bottle, run it under some warm (not hot) water.

2. Activator: Put in an equal amount of drops from the bottle labeled “activator.” Ex: If you used 50 drops of clear coating, use 50 drops of activator. Make sure you mix equal amounts, or your end result will be a sticky finish that never sets properly.


3. Stir: Stir activator and clear coating together with the included stirring stick. Be sure to stir slowly and not incorporate any air into the mix as you are stirring. If you are making a larger batch of coating you could use an item such as the handle of a plastic spoon to make stirring easier and more thorough. If you accidentally incorporate air into your mix and a bubble does appear, you can exhale on it to pop it so that it does not break up and become many smaller bubbles. Stir until the mixture appears combined. It will be transparent and should not appear “milky”, have swirls in it, or have a greasy looking residue on top. If you see these, keep stirring until they are gone. If you do not, your final result will be sticky and tacky.

4. Transfer coating: Once you think your coating is combined properly, transfer it to another plastic cup and stir for another minute or so. This prevents unmixed coating that could be stuck the sides of the first cup from ending up in your final mix. If you do not do this step, your final result could end up sticky and tacky due to the unmixed coating.

5. Cover: If you are using an item with a loop on top that is causing it to sit uneven, set it on the edge of something such as a tile or book, with the loop over the edge so that your item will sit level. For bracelets with attached frames that are sitting uneven, you can set each frame on top of a coin to keep them level. If you are making a smaller item, carefully dab on drops coating with the stirring stick until the photo or other item is covered. You can pour coating directly from the cup for larger items like belt buckles. Do it slowly and let the coating spread out before applying more. If you do it too quickly you may overflow your item, as it will expand slightly after it is applied. If you have bubbles, wait a few minutes and allow them to rise from the bottom. The coating should de-gas itself and the bubbles should pop at the surface. Exhaling gently on the surface can aid the bubbles in popping as well.

6. Set aside: After your item is covered with coating, place it in a dust-free area. Try not to place your item in areas with high humidity such as near a steamy bathroom after a shower, or near a kitchen while cooking. Cover with something to keep dust out, such as a shoebox or tupperware container without a lid. Make sure it is in an area where people or animals are not going to be moving or bumping the space that your items are on. Let sit for at least 24 hours, or up to 72 hours to ensure a super hard finish. Do not touch before the 24 hour mark or you will leave fingerprints in the finish. After 24 hours, your item should be hard to the touch, clear, and glassy. Now you’re done and your item is ready to go!

HIGH HUMIDITY AREA TIP: If you live in a high humidity area and are going to be making large quantities of photo jewelry, you may want to invest a few dollars in a non-electric moisture absorber such as a Damprid™. These are usually less than $10.00 at your local hardware store. It is not necessary, but can be a helpful tool in making photo jewelry. Place it in the plastic box with your photo jewelry while it is drying and it will absorb the humidity, thus creating a harder finish. Make sure your box is big enough to close with the Damprid™ inside.

Clean up: While it is still in it’s liquid form, clear coating can be cleaned from tools with alcohol. Use warm water and liquid soap to clean from skin. NEVER USE SOLVENTS OR ALCOHOL TO CLEAN CLEAR COATING FROM YOUR SKIN

DANGER:

CONTACT WITH HARDENER MAY CAUSE PERMANENT EYE DAMAGE. MAY BE HARMFUL BY SKIN CONTACT OR BREATHING VAPORS OR MISTS. CONTACT WITH RESIN MAY PRODUCE ALLERGIC REACTION BY INGESTIONS, INHALATION OR SKIN CONTACT. CONTACT MAY CAUSE EYE/SKIN IRRITATION.
PRECAUTIONS: AVOID INHALATION, INGESTION, EYE AND SKIN CONTACT. WEAR PROTECTIVE GLOVES AND GOGGLES. DO NOT WEAR CONTACT LENSES. DO NOT TAKE INTERNALLY. USE ONLY IN ADEQUATE VENTILATED AREAS. USE WINDOW EXHAUST FAN OR OTHER SUITABLE EQUIPMENT TO REMOVE VAPORS AWAY FROM THE WORK AREA. WASH WITH SOAP AND WATER AFTER USE. KEEP CONTAINER TIGHTLY CLOSED WHEN NOT IN USE.
KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF OVEREXPOSURE:
SKIN CONTACT: Irritation, dryness, flaking. After sensitization, hives or rashes.
EYE CONTACT: Irritation, redness, or eye watering.
INHALATION: Irritation. After sensitization allergy type symptoms, with possible breathing difficulties. May cause Central Nervous System (CNS) depression. Evident by headache, dizziness, or nausea.
INGESTION: Irritation. Large quantities may cause nausea, and vomiting. May cause Central Nervous System (CNS) depression. Evident by headache, dizziness, or nausea.
EMERGENCY AND FIRST AID PROCEDURES:

EYE CONTACT: Remove any contact lenses and flush eyes for 15 minutes with water. Hold eyelids open to ensure complete flushing. CONTACT A PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY. SKIN CONTACT: Remove contaminated clothing/shoes and wipe excess from skin. Flush skin with water. Follow by washing with soap and water. If irritation occurs, GET MEDICAL ATTENTION. Do not reuse clothing until cleaned. Contaminated leather articles, including shoes, cannot be decontaminated and should be destroyed to prevent reuse.
INHALATION: Leave the area to obtain fresh air. If breathing has stopped, give artificial respiration then oxygen if needed. If difficulty breathing or other symptoms continue, CALL A PHYSICIAN.
INGESTION: DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING. CALL A PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY or the Poison Control Center. If patient is conscious, give 12-16 oz of water for dilution effect only. Do not give anything by mouth to an unconscious or convulsing person.

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