Monday, April 19, 2010

Washer Necklace

Last week, my stamp club made a necklace out of hardware store washers. These are SO easy to make - you can't stop at just one! The one on the left is the style the members made. While the one on the right is the one I "jazzed" up a bit with wire, beads & a charm. You can even go a step further and add beads to the necklace. So pretty & fun to make! Below are the directions...
1. Start with a washer of desired size. I used a 1 1/4" here.
2. Punch out a a piece of Designer Series paper to size. (The 1 1/4" punch is PERFECT!)
3. Punch out the hole in the center. (Use a pencil to trace the circle)
4. Decorate the paper. This is where you can have fun. You can choose to stamp, use rub-on's or simply just the paper as -is. Here, we used a combination of sentiments & the NEW Awash With Flowers stamp set & Jet Black Stazon Ink.
5. Using a small amount of Crystal Effects, glue the paper to the washer. Let dry. (You can sand the edges if necessary.)
6. Set the washer paper side down in Versamark ink. Emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. ***BE CAREFUL*** The metal is VERY HOT! Let cool completely. Repeat 2-3 times for desired effect. I did mine 3x. You can add gems while still warm & they will adhere.
7. If desired, you can add charms & other embellishments using a metal glue. Allow to dry. Add string for necklace. Voila! What fun, huh??

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