Monday, August 12, 2013

Alcohol Ink Washer Necklaces

Alcohol Ink Washer Necklaces Tutorial

I received a package of alcohol inks for Christmas and then bought a second set with a 50% off coupon at Michael's.  I've used them now to make coasters and to decorate some candle holders.  I was just getting my sea legs with these inks to begin with.  I applied the ink directly onto the surfaces and played around with rubbing alcohol as a blending solution.  But I thought it was high time that I used an applicator to use them the way they were intended.  Of course the applicator is just a stamp with some velcro on it and it costs 6+ dollars....not to mention buying the pre-cut pieces of felt. So I figured I'd make my own.  I was very much in a use what you've got mentality, so I grabbed a scrap piece of wood and a couple of strips of velcro (hook and loop tape).  I used the hook side and lined two pieces up next to each other.  Luckily they were just the right width.


I had the sew-on kind of velcro, so I spread some tacky glue thinly onto the surface and glued it down. Then I used the block as a guide to cut a few pieces of felt the right size (any light color will work--you just need to be able to see where you've applied the ink).  Once the glue has dried, I stuck the felt right onto the velcro--worked like a charm. [Update: I've posted a tutorial just for the DIY Applicators.]


Next, I set up my alcohol inks and a paper plate to work on. I have the Farmer's Market set and the Nature Walk set.  The alcohol ink is an alcohol soluble dye, so it will stain.  If it gets on the table, wipe it off with some rubbing alcohol before it sets completely dry.


I squirted multiple colors of alcohol ink into a portion of my applicator (since I was working on small washers) and stamped away.  The photo below is what the washers look like after stamping over them twice.  You can continue to stamp until you get the look you're going for.


These were so easy, and I ended up with such pretty results so quickly that I made a bunch of them.  I let them dry for a few hours.  Be aware that the alcohol ink gets a bit darker as it dries, so if you think your washers are turning out too bright--give them some time.


The above photo was just at the end of my stamping session and the photo below shows darker hues after they have dried and I had sprayed them with some clear acrylic sealer.

Alcohol Ink Washers

Then I strung them up on some beading cord and tied the ends.  I would have put a bead above the washer, but I didn't have any on hand that both pieces of cord would fit through, so I may pick out some beads for my next batch.  I think they turned out great and they were so much fun to make.

Alcohol Ink Washer Necklaces

18 comments:

  1. Did you have to do anything to the washers before putting the ink on them?

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  2. I pulled them straight out of the package from the hardware store and started stamping. If they were not brand new, I'd probably wash them off first to get rid of any dust or dirt.

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  3. Did you stamp both sides or just the one?

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  4. I just stamped one side. Sometimes there's one side that has more rounded edges, so I would pick that side as the front on those washers.

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  5. Thanks for the awesome tutorial. I can hardly wait to get to the hardware store and to order some alcohol inks! Great gift idea.

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  6. Try putting some ice resin on top of the finished washer. Awesome!

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    1. Sounds like a great idea...or maybe some diamond glaze...

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  7. I use the diamond glaze, it makes it look thicker and real shiny.

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    1. I have used mod podge and spray sealer so far, but trying out a glaze is on my list of things to try (stay tuned :)).

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  8. I was told to use the back side of the washer to put the ink on or stickers, so the roughness wouldn't be on the skin so much. you say to use the rounded part, does it make any difference?

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    1. The backside on my washers is pretty smooth (I have bought them from Menards and Home Depot). If they had jagged edges, flipping them would totally make sense.

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  9. I just made some of these and put the Diamond Glaze on top and they look fabulous. Now to get some cording to make the necklace!

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    1. Glad to hear. That's totally on my to-do list :).

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  10. Have you ever had your washers chip from the edge? That's the problem I'm having. Trying to figure out what to seal with that'll protect it from that. I was using modpog or krylon spray. Both chip :(

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    1. The metal was chipping or the sealant was? I've never had either happen.

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  11. Love your tutorial thank you. I've tried a number of different techniques but the alcohol inks work best for me and I'm currently working on the best glaze to finish them off with.

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  12. Thanks! I've tried a couple glazes. They are tricky to get a good layer on without it collapsing into the center of the washer. Let me know if you have a favorite!

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