Saturday, February 18, 2012

Washer Necklaces

I knew I had to try these as soon as I saw them. It turned out to be a great quick and easy project.

Here's what you'll need:
Washers (a bag of 1/2" washers costs 79 cents at Menards)
scrapbook paper
Mod Podge (and a brush for application)
a craft knife and cutting surface
fine sandpaper or emery board
Dimensional Magic or Paper Glaze or other similar glue
leather cording or ribbon

After you've chosen your scrapbook paper, use the washer as a guide to trace around with a craft knife.

Next, apply Mod Podge to the fronts of the washers and carefully place the paper rings onto the washers. Make sure the edges are glued securely by running your glue brush along the edge of the washer after the paper is securely placed.
After the glue has dried, use sandpaper or an emery board to smooth out any not-so-perfect edges or any paper that hangs slightly over the edge. I wrapped the sandpaper around the handle of the craft knife to smooth out the center of the washers.

Next up is the finishing touch on the washers. Put a coat of clear glue like Paper GlazeDimensional Magic, or Diamond Glaze on over the top of the paper to give it a varnished almost resin-like finish.

For the large washers I went around the surface of the washer twice to fully coat the surface. The picture below shows the washers with one ring of glue.

When you've applied enough glue, then use the tip of the glue applicator or a toothpick to smooth out the glue and to work out any bubbles.

The glue takes overnight to dry to a clear finish. Then you can use ribbons or leather cording to create your necklace.

I purchased $4.00 of cording and $1.60 worth of washers for this project--but I have lots left of both for future projects, so the cost of making 4 necklaces was probably only a couple of dollars.

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