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truebluemeandyouPlease don’t steal my posts. I went to the Tumblr DIY and CRAFTS featured tags and found my exact post - exact words and all - by f-l-e-u-r-d-e-l-y-s  (and her original source is her own blog). If you’re going to post this fine. Just don’t steal my words. I actually read Ashley Gilreath’s entire bio and exhibition notes and that’s how I came up with my post.

truebluemeandyou“I Am Who They Were” Necklace by Artist Ashley Gilreath 2011. Reblogging because I am going to make this on a much smaller scale by using  dollhouse frames/bezels and taken apart lockets (I could also make the frames by making a polymer clay mold). I would then print out photos on transparency paper (which I use all the time in my collages). *Another cheap gift idea I’ve done - print out a high contrast black and white photo on transparency paper and use neon green, white, or whatever color you want to back it with.

“I Am Who They Were” Necklace by Artist Ashley Gilreath 2011. Read the history behind this amazing piece and see more photos at Ashley Gilreath here. Ms. Gilreath created this necklace by casting dollhouse frames in silver and bronze and printing family portraits directly onto microscope glass. 

DIY Ultimate Downton Abbey Resin Bezel Necklace Tutorial from Resin Crafts here. I’ve posted a general link to all Downton Abbey posts on Resin Crafts’ blog - she has lots of tutorials on resin and bezels (to put the necklace together, there are so many tutorials on my blog and on the internet). I posted the BOTTOM PHOTO from my post “I Am Who They Were” Necklace by Artist Ashley Gilreath to demonstrate how you could make a version of it using the bezels from the Downton Abbey Necklace. At the link I posted for the “I Am Who They Were” necklace I commented on how I would make the necklace with transparency paper.

accidental-zombie-deactivated20 asked: re: “I Am Who They Were” Necklace----Hi! I absolutely LOVE the necklace in your post. Do you, or anyone you know, think they could make something like that? This kind of necklace is the only one I would ever want. Thank you!

In my reblog I mentioned a way to recreate a “poor man’s copy” of this necklace: truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/post/37231542518/i-am-who-they-were-necklace-ashley-gilreath I then added it to the bottom of the original post.

The main thing I’d do is use ink jet transparency film to print out the photos. I LOVE transparency paper/film (the type that goes on overhead projectors here) and I use it all the time in collages and jewelry because you can layer it and put it over backgrounds with really cool results. I’ve been using it for years and I also mentioned that you can take a photo, print it on 4 sheets of the film, then discretely tape them together and put them on a neon or white background for striking wall art.