by Staff Writer
Lockets are a special place to keep a photo of a loved one, making them the perfect romantic gift. If you have received a locket as a gift or bought a lovely vintage locket pendant for yourself at your favorite antique store, you are probably wondering the best way to fit a photograph inside the jewelry. Placing a photograph inside a locket necklace shouldn't overwhelm you. These steps are easy to follow and outline the process of fitting your photograph into the pendant correctly.
Remove the plastic insert. Many lockets will have a plastic insert where the photo is supposed to go. Open your locket and wedge one side of a pair of tweezers under the plastic insert. Gently lift the tweezers until the insert pops out.
Choose and prepare the photo. The plastic insert is perfect for choosing the photo and outlining it to the exact size. You can hold the plastic over several photos if you are having trouble choosing one to see which one will fit the best. Most photographs are too large for petite locket necklaces. If the photograph is a hard copy, you can use scissors to trim it. If the picture is scanned onto your computer, resize it before printing a copy for your locket jewelry. Place the insert over the photograph and draw an outline around it. Using a utility knife or small pair of sharp scissors, carefully cut around the photograph along the outline.
Put the picture into the locket. Hold the cutout photo with your fingers at the edges and slide it into the locket. This might take a little wiggling, but it will eventually pop in. You can use tweezers to hold the photo for better precision.
Replace the insert. The plastic insert will protect the photo and keep it in place. Replace the plastic insert using the same method that you used to place the photo in the locket. You can use the tweezers to pop all the edges in.
When using a utility knife, make sure to cut on a solid, protected surface. Do not force the knife; this could cause you to lose control of the knife.