These pendants made from an old optical lens aren’t scrapbooking, but they are altered art and jewelry. You could easily turn then into a scrapbook project by using a photograph instead of pictures taken from a collage sheet as I did.

scrapbook layout containing folder

You could also use these lenses to decorate the cover of a chipboard album or hand made journal. They would work nicely for that purpose, but would add too much weight and bulk to an inside layout.

Your first challenge may be to find an optical lens to alter. I’m fortunate because Vancouver has a couple of stores that cater to altered art artists, and they often stock these lenses. However, you can often find them online at web sites such as Quietfire Designs.

These pendants made from optical lenses didn’t photograph well, but they are quite attractive in real life.

Here is how I made them:

1. Select a small image to use from a collage sheet or possibly a photograph. I think a transferred image would work well too, but I have not tried this.

2. Print a small word or sentiment from your computer and trim with scissors to the size you want.

3. Glue your picture and journaling to the back of the lens, using a clear drying glue such as Dimensional Magic.

4. When that is dry, paint the back of the lens. I used Luminiere by Jacquard Products. Luminiere is a fabric paint sold at Michaels and at Jo-Ann (see link to the side). I imagine that Twinkling H2Os or any craft paint would work nicely. You could also use Jacquard Pearlex, mixed with water and gum arabic.

To wear as a pendant, fasten a black cord or chain to the pendant using a jump ring. You can buy jump rings in packages at Michaels’ jewelry making department, or at any other store where beads and jewelry making supplies are sold.

My cousin, an avid crafter, manages an optometry business. but she had never thought of altering an optical lens. She was fascinated to consider the possibilities inherent the old optimal lenses that were hanging around in her desk.

This is a cool altered art project. Send me a link to your optical lens pendants when you have a picture ready to go! :-)

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