I'm not a big time jewelry wearer. I don't even have my ears pierced. (I know. A fashionista I am not.) I do however, love fun necklaces. Especially handmade necklaces. I saw some of these cute washer necklaces a couple of years ago, and I made a bunch up. I wasn't sure it was going to work, so I didn't do a tutorial as I was going.
Last week my cousin called and asked if I could show her how to make some. She needed a girl's camp craft, and wanted to make these washer necklaces. So I had her come over, and this time I made sure to take pictures of every step so I could share the tutorial with you.
Washer Necklace Tutorial
What you will need:
-Washers (any size will work)
-Tiny sharp scissors or exacto knife
-Craft glue or super glue
-Glossy Accents (I got mine at Robert's Craft)
-Hemp or leather cord, or ribbon
-Beads (optional but very cute)
1-Pick the size of washer you would like to use, and cut a piece of scrap paper slightly larger.
2-Punch out the circle for the middle of the washer. (I take my punch with me so I can buy washers with the size of hole the same as my punch.) If you don't have a punch, you will have to use tiny scissors to cut the hole out. It is a little tricky, but I have done it with success. Just trace the washer on the back of your paper, make a tiny hole in the middle, and carefully cut out the circle.
3-Place the washer on the back of your paper. Make sure your holes match up, and trace around the outside edge.
4-Cut out your circle, and glue it to the top of the washer with some craft glue.
Pretend like there is a pretty picture right here of the
paper on the washer. Somehow I lost it.
5-After the glue is dry, take a nail file and sand down the edges of the paper. This will even out any imperfections and make the edge nice and smooth.
6-Now it's time to add the glossy top coat to your necklace. Some people use Diamond Glaze, but I couldn't find any, so I use Glossy Accents.
Place your washer on a piece of waxed paper. Take the tip of the bottle and slowly squeeze a line of glaze around the very outside edge of the washer.
7-Repeat for the inside ring of the circle. If your washer is small like mine, the lines of glaze will just blend together and cover the whole surface. Magic!
(If you are using a larger washer, just keep adding glaze till the washer is all filled in.)
8-Look closely at your washer and make sure there is no paper showing. If there is, use the tip of the bottle or a toothpick to spread the glaze to those areas. You want it to be sealed really well.
9-Let your washer dry completely. I usually wait overnight. Now it's time to add the cord. I usually use hemp.
10-Cut a piece of cord about 30" long. Fold it in half and thread the loop through the center of the washer.
11-Pull the loop around the two loose pieces on the side, and pull it tight. You should end up with something like this:
12-Now add a bead and use a square knot at the top of it to hold it in place.
13-Now all you have to do is tie a knot in the top of the cord. That's it, you are finished! Wasn't that easy?
You can make them in all colors and sizes. So darn fun! They make great gifts too. Who doesn't love handmade jewelry?