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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Washer Necklaces tutorial

This is the first type of washer necklace I made. Its not quite as easy as it sounded, so I am here to give you some pointers on what I learned.
The metal stamp kit was only 5.95 at Harbor Freight and washers are about a quarterish?? but buy way more than you need. You will have many mistakes trying to get it just right. But the first step is the most important.
1. Take some Ibuprofen for the headache you are about to get from all the pounding!!


2. Hold the stamp toward the bottom. Double check to make sure it is right-side up etc. I tried to stamp all of my kids names in a circle. For some reason I have never been able to get the w to work...ever..? and I had to abreviate McKinley to Mck. Well she is used to that anyway. Hammer it 5 to 10 times, or a couple of times HARD. Experiment with this.
3. The last step is to color the whole thing in black permanent marker, a few minutes later wipe it off using hairspray.

4. To hang it I wrapped the washer in wire, and attached a jumpring to the wire, and the ring to the necklace. Then I hung a bead from the wire using a head pin. I got many compliments on it.



The other thing I did this weekend was make a few headbands. I have finally convinced McK. that big flowers are cute in her hair, but with her short hair they need to be on a headband. I will show more on the How to later, but I needed somewhere to put them and found that a skinny mouthed vase works best. I pulled this out of the back of my cupboard and was so happy, now I can display this vase I bought from and artist on the beach in Costa Rica. It makes me smile. :)




17 comments:

Emily said...

:) Love step 1. I was totally admiring McKinley's flower headband today. ;)

Emily said...

That washer necklace idea is BRILLIANT! I love it!

Kitty Talk said...

I love your necklace and went to look up the stamp kit you have. What size stamps do you have? Thank you for the tutorial. I really love it!

Denise said...

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fawnda said...

Love it! so cool! I love the headband too!

Laura said...

What a beautiful necklace! I would love to wear a big flower in my hair today.

Sarah said...

I have been admiring all the washer necklaces out there, but didn't know a few of those steps you shared (like the permanent marker/hairspray trick!). Thank you so much for sharing. Sounds harder than it looks. :) And yours turned out great.

Blessings!
-Sarah
(found ya at Tatertots & Jello)

Anne said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I've seen those washer necklaces around and always thought "I could do that... but how?". LOL And I LOVE big flowers or bows on headbands - so girly and chic. :)

Bobbie said...

That is so cool! I have been wanting to try this! Thanks for linking up to link up to check me out saturdays over at my blog www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

Jingle said...

These are great! I really love your headbands!!!

jenjen said...

Such a fun project!!

Thanks so much for linking up to my party! I really appreciate it!

XOXO
Jen

Mama Lusco said...

Found you from Treasures for Tots...thanks for the tutorial. These are great!

Sarah said...

Thanks for the Tut, my stampers have been ordered.

ificould said...

This is the cutest washer necklace! I put a link on my blog: http://ificould-ificould.blogspot.com/2010/04/washer-necklace.html

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Thanks for the great tute!
Missy

the momma said...

These are so pretty!! I may have to invest in one of those stamp kits to make my own! Great work! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Shannon said...
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Shannon said...

This is so neat. I had thought about trying this, but the stamp kits at the craft store are more expensive. I hadn't quite decided to take the plunge. I may have to take a trip to Harbor Freight and Tool tomorrow.

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