Photography has progressed exponentially over the past century with the development of digital cameras, faster shutter speeds, and smiling. Capture the latest trends of emotional technology with today's Groupon: for $22, you get a signature photo charm from the Sodderbug online store (a $44.99 value). Orders can be shipped for an additional $3 charge.
Janelle Robinson turns meaningful photos and quotes into wearable charms for all ages. The Sodderbug process begins with customers scouring photo albums and the lyrics to ‘80s pop ballads for a powerful image or quote. After miniaturizing the emailed image to a small square or rectangle, Janelle’s presses the black-and-white or color duplicate between two layers of glass. Tiny snapshots of beloved pet rocks are soldered around the edges to ensure protection from water and an outpouring of nostalgic tears. The new charm ships in about a week and comes garnished with a chain.
Sodderbug owner and metalsmith Janelle Robinson stumbled across her signature art of soldering as a result of her passion for running. An avid marathoner who has completed four to date, Robinson was experiencing her usual jitters before the Chicago marathon. When the friend she was staying with showed her how to solder, she felt a calm replace the unease, and spent the weekend crafting in her friend's studio instead of zipping anxiously among the city's attractions. Robinson's signature photo charms keep images of loved ones close to the heart, narrowing the space between parents and children or children and stacks of pizza boxes. Creating art gives her a chance to recharge and reflect on the fleeting youth of her two children and the press of the clock as she races toward marathon finish lines.