Sunday, November 1, 2009
Hi, Crafty Friends,
With the Christmas season, just ahead, here is another great idea for your holiday gift giving. And these jewelry pendants are one of a kind creations, made by you. They're very inexpensive, yet simply gorgeous! The instructions in this tutorial, are easy to understand, and follow...check it out Crafters!
And here is another version, as seen on Crafty Chicks
Phase 1 Supplies:
Washer (we use fender washers)
You can buy the metal stamps from Harbor Freight Tools for about $5.
Once you have decided on a saying or word for your washer, hold on tight to the stamp and give it one firm and quick swing with the hammer. The wood actually wasn't hard enough and we ended up moving to the tile floor. Concrete would also work. Once you have the washer punched, color the entire surface with a black magic marker. After the marker has dried, spray with hair spray and wipe off. This will turn the letters black and help them show up.
Then trace the washer onto the paper and cut out.
Phase 2 Supplies:
Cover the washer with glue and then set the paper on top. Most likely your cutout will be larger than the actual washer--this is okay. Glue the paper on and wait for it to dry. Once it is dry take your piece of sand paper and smooth off the edges. This will take care of any excess paper and give it a nice finished edge.
Cover with Mod Podge, dry, and repeat as many times as you would like. I like put on think coats of Mod Podge so it gives a bubble or glass look to it. Just make sure you let each layer dry before adding more.
Phase 3 Supplies:
Cut the wire to the desired length, add the closures to the ends. Add a bead if, you so chose, to a little piece of wire twisted at the ends.
Fold wire in half, slip through the bead and then through the hole in the washer, and back between both strands to finish it off.
And because you already have everything out, you might as well make a few!
Or you can try making these washer necklaces These are made using ink rather than paper, as shown here on Life Made Creations.
Washer Pendant How To
You will need:
The washers I used were 1 3/4" and 1 3/8" zinc-plated.
Clean the washer with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt and oils.
Place drops of alcohol ink randomly over the surface of the washer.
Use an applicator (Ranger makes on specifically for this, but I don't have it--yet, so I just used a basic cosmetic sponge I had in my stash) with a bit of Blending solution and dab at the washer to lighten and mix the inks. Add more droplets as needed to create a design that you love. There is no right or wrong here, and what I loved most was how forgiving the inks and blending solution are. If it's too dark lighten with solution; too light, add more ink.
Wrap a piece of wire (mine was 24 gauge) around your washer. Start the wire in the back, and be sure to cover over the end as you wrap around. With each pass through the center, thread 1-3 beads onto the wire. Keep wrapping and threading until you like. Snip off the end and thread it beneath the wires in the back. One the smaller washer, I skipped the wire wrapping and glued on some tiny rhinestones. Forgot to snap a photo of it.
Add a hanger and you are done. I used a premade leather cording that already had the fasteners, but you could use ribbon, string, jute, yarn, chain, and add your own closure, or simply tie it large enough to slip over your head.