Thursday, July 17, 2014

Crafting Revisit: Alcohol Ink Washer Necklaces

Alcohol Ink Washer Necklaces Tutorial

Alcohol Ink Washer Necklaces are my most popular blog post.  There's good reason, too.  They are really cute and really easy.  All you need is a pack or two of alcohol ink (a 3 pack retails for $7-10, but you can use a JoAnne's or Michael's 40 or 50% off coupon to get an even better deal), an applicator (I made mine out of scrap wood and velcro), felt, some rubbing alcohol, and something to work on (I have a craft mat, but parchment paper would work well too). Oh and you'll need some washers and some cording to make the necklaces too.

I decided to make a few more necklaces because I have a bunch of bright alcohol inks that I didn't have when I tried this craft the first time.  I grabbed some washers from my local hardware store and a couple of large washers that I had in a kit to secure a shelf to the wall (no small kids at our house to climb on the furniture, so they were just sitting in a scrap pile).


I picked out some bright colors and dotted the felt on my applicator and started stamping.  If the surface of your washer is very smooth, you may have to stamp over your washer several times to get a stippled look. Just stamp until you like the way it looks.  The ink will darken a bit as it dries--so don't freak out if it looks too bright.


My washers looked fairly rainbow colored when they were done--they turned out pretty cute.


When they are done you can seal them with clear acrylic spray or mod podge so they don't smear if they come into contact with alcohol based liquids (like hairspray or perfume) and don't scratch. I strung my washers up with some braiding cord and layered some of my washers that were the same colors on top of each other. You could use ribbon or other types of cording and embellish with a bead or two if you like also.

I loved the way my big wall anchor washers turned out, I'll have to keep an eye out for more washers like them in the future.  Happy crafting!

Alcohol Ink Washer Necklaces

15 comments:

  1. These washers pendants define what a craft should be: affordable, fun, and showstopping!

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  2. Awesomeness.....what a great way to wear COLOR!

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  3. What a clever idea! I bought some of those inks but didn't know what to do with them. when I make jewelry with washers, I usually rust them. I love love love you ideas. thankyou for sharing!

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    1. None of these have rusted yet. I hope yours turn out great!

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  4. These are beautiful! How long do they take to dry? And do you stamp both sides or just one side? Our Girl Scout Cadettes will really enjoy making these. Thanks!

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    1. I usually only stamp one side of the washer. The alcohol ink doesn't take very long to dry at all. It's usually dry to the touch in just a few minutes, but I will often let them dry for a few hours or overnight before applying any kind of sealer.

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  5. Did you use a solid color base coat before adding colors?

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    1. Nope, I just dripped a few different colors onto the felt and stamped them directly onto the metal.

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    2. My colors seem to keep running together and I dont seem to get the definition you have achieved in your photos! I'll keep practicing.

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    3. Keep adding color by stamping over it until the colors look the way you like. Sometimes I even let it dry for a few seconds between layers to speed the process along.

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    1. They are called alcohol inks because the ink is alcohol based. The alcohol evaporates and allows the ink to dry quickly. Because the inks are alcohol based, they can be thinned and cleaned up with rubbing alcohol.

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  7. What did you use for the cord?

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    1. I actually used some from the walmart craft section for these. Any hemp or cotton cording will work.

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