I made these fun washer necklaces a long time ago when I was a kid at summer camp. So I thought it would be perfect to dig into my memories and post a tutorial of how to make them here on the blog. If I haven’t mentioned lately, I am a serious jewelry fanatic. Don’t worry though, I don’t wear loads and loads of pieces together like a 2012 version of Madonna meets Mr. T. No…I think I tastefully keep my obsession from boiling over into one big hot mess of accessories. At least I hope I do 😉
But…believe it or not, I’ve never really delved into jewelry making. Seriously! Yet with this self-professed obsession you’d think I would have been drawn to jewelry making like a moth to a flame. Actually I’ve been kind of scared because I think if I stick my toe into those waters, I might become even more obsessed.
So…for now I’ll stick with my limited knowledge of turning hardware supplies into pretty necklaces.
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
Washers in different sizes
Paper Glaze or Glossy Accents
Hole Punch or X-ACTO Knife
Raffia, Suede Lace, Thin Cord or any other material you’d like to use as the necklace
Paper Towels or Wax Paper
Step 1: Cut your scrapbook paper.
Step 2: Trace the outside and inside circles of your washer with a pencil.
Step 3: Cut along the traced areas. If the center hole is bigger than your hole punch, use a X-ACTO knife to carefully cut the center hole out.
Step 4: Apply paper glue to the surface of your washer.
Step 5: Lay your cut out piece of scrapbook paper over the washer with glue on it and gently press down. Wipe off any excess glue that escapes the sides with a paper towel. Then place the washer upside down on a paper towel or wax paper to dry.
Step 6: Once the glue has dried, use your nail file to file away any imperfections. Be careful not to file the paper too much.
The glaze application will create a liquid bubble over your washer like the ones displayed below.
Wait 24 hours before handling the washer.
Once the Paper Glaze has set, now it’s time to get creative with your necklace material. There are so many options to choose from here and as you can see I just picked a few. If you use a thin material you can adorn your washer with a pretty bead or two like I’ve shown in one of the examples below. Unfortunately the suede lace is too thick to attach a bead…however I think they look just as nice without.
And there you have it…a super fun and easy way to make some unique pieces you’ll love to wear! What do you think of the dog bone one? Haha…I wore it yesterday. It’s super cute for any dog lover. Although Quinley was hungrily eyeing it all day 😉
Have a Fab You Bliss day!