Storytelling is at the heart of human existence. Capturing memories and recording experiences is so important to us. Stories give us meaning and add emotion to our lives. A memory can make us smile, help us revisit a happy time, remind us to be grateful, or remember loved ones lost.

Origami Owl® helps us capture and share stories of our life. With a tiny hand-painted charm kept close to our heart deep within a beautifully crafted steel locket, we can be reminded of so many places, people, and events. There is nothing else like this in the world. The steps below will help you tell your perfect story and demonstrate how to make an Origami Owl Living Locket.

How to make an Origami Owl Living Locket®

Step 1: Charms

Origami Owl How ToTo create your story, begin with our charms. We have so many detailed beauties to choose from including adorable animals, food and drink items, flowers, religious momentos, and genuine birthstone crystals by Swarovski®. New charms are created seasonally, so be sure to check back often to see what new pieces have been added.  I always look forward to what new charms are created! Charms that are currently available can be found here. 


Step 2: Living Lockets®

origami owl how toAfter selecting your precious and meaningful charms, its time to choose your Living Locket.® Origami Owl® creates stunning steel lockets crafted with the utmost quality. There are a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors to choose from. Some are “paved” with Swarovski Crystals around the edges. We call this pavé (say it: “PAW-vay” and it literally means “paved” in French). Some lockets do not contain crystals at all. It is your choice! We have lockets that open with a hinge and others twist open so you can change the tops (we call these “faces”). The Lockets come in a variety of metal colors including silver, yellow gold, rose gold, black and gun metal. We have locket necklaces, bracelets, watches, and even rings! Explore all of our current Living Lockets® here.

Step 3: Chains

Origami Owl ChainsNext, if you’re creating a Living Locket® for a necklace, you’ll need a chain. We have a beautiful selection of colors, lengths, link sizes, and weight. Are chains are organized into two unique categories.

The first category is Custom Chains.  Custom chains have a small clasp in the middle that makes it easy for you to customize your look. You simply  clasp your Living Locket onto the bottom, accessorize with Dangles (more on that later), and you’re done!

The second category is Simple Chains. Simple chains do not include a clasp, but can be converted into a custom chain with the addition of a Custom Crystal Clasp. The clasp provides a place to accessorize with Dangles. You can also thread your locket directly onto these chains. Select from our current collection of chains here.

Step 4: Personalize

Origami Owl personalization Personalizing your look is the next step in the creation process. Origami Owl® provides the most unique way to customize your story with our In{script}tions® Collection.

You can inscribe custom dates, quotes, verses, and messages on plates, a Twist Living Locket, and Stainless Steel Plaques. The plates actually fit inside of the Living Lockets so you can add depth to your look. You’ll notice that the plates come in both medium and large and are available in silver, gold, rose gold, and black. There are also different templates to use to organize the inscription on all of the pieces. Now you just have to decide what you will inscribe!


 Step 5: Accessorize

origami owl accessoriesIsn’t this fun? The details truly make the creation process incredibly meaningful. Our final step is to accessorize your look. We do this in a few different ways. First, we have beautiful and intricate Dangles that can be clipped onto your Custom Chain or Custom Crystal Clasp. Take a look at the beautiful Dangles that are available. We also accessorize with Windows, Frames, and Plates. Windows are placed inside of the locket and cover a bit of space inside offering a unique addition to your story. Frames are placed inside of the lockets and form a second frame around the charms. Plates (like those from Inscriptions) are also placed inside of the lockets and come in a variety of colors and sizes with different inscribed messages. Finally, our matching Simply Ear-Resistible Earrings are the final way we accessorize our looks. We offer a variety of studs, hoops, and leverbacks. 

That, my friends, is how to make an Origami Owl Living Locket and how to truly being telling your story.

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