Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Washer Necklaces

I've seen several different tutorials for washer necklaces. Good examples can be found here and here. I've been wanting to try it for a while now. So, when the hub snuck a craft store gift card in my stocking, I knew exactly how I'd use it.

 grabbed some washers, a file, cord, Glossy Accents and some scrapbook paper from the store and got out my handy x-acto knife. After placing the washer on the scrapbook paper, carefully cut around both circles with the x-acto knife. After you've cut out two (one for the front and back), apply some Mod Podge to the washer, place the paper on the washer and smooth it out. After you've put paper on both sides and the washer is completely dry, use the file to smooth around the outside of the washer. A small file can be used on the inside circle, if needed.

Then, apply Glossy Accents (or a similar product). I found that outlining the outer, then inner circles and filling in the space in between worked the best.

Hang out with your puppies while you wait for your washer to dry...

After the washers have dried on both sides, string them up with a cord of your choosing. The one pictured is a thin leather cord, but it looks nice with a thick suede cord, as well. Since the washers are interchangeable, I think this would make a great gift set for someone.
Homemade and heartfelt!

49 comments:

Kelley F said...

Made these over the weekend! They were super easy and inexpensive to make, and turned out SO cute! Thanks for the great idea! Can't wait to make some more!

Tiffani said...

These would also be really cute to use as a gift tag on something. Have you ever tried to make anything with the smaller washer's? I love the idea and will now have to raid my husbands tool box.

Rebecca said...

Awesome idea! And it seems so easy. Can't wait to try it!!

Anonymous said...

Great gift idea...home depot here I come!

sPoirot said...

Thanks so much for posting the tut! I can't wait to try these. I teach and I think I need to make some for each holiday/season!

Tina McGrew said...

These are soooooo cute and seem so easy to make that I'm dying to try it! Thanks!

Sarah Lenhart said...

I just found this via Pinterest. I'm so excited to give it a try! I think it could be a really cute way to save bits of kiddo artwork too.

julie p said...

I'm thinking keychains.....

Monica Mankinen said...

This looks like a fun project! Your dogs are so cute!!!!!

Bethany said...

Could these be done at a ladies craft night? Timewise, is the drying process pretty quick?

Jen said...

If I'm being honest, it's been quite a while since I made these. I know that there are instructions on the bottle as far as the drying time goes, but I think I was pretty cautious and let them sit overnight to be on the safe side. Hope that helps!

Alaina said...

Does the glossy accents make the colors bleed at all? My girlfriend and I have made tons but have trouble with certain colors running. :(

Jen said...

Hi, Alaina! I didn't shave any trouble at all with the colors running. The same goes for the Glossy Accents Crackle. It's worked great for me every time!

Anonymous said...

I made a bunch of these but had an issue with the glaze having tiny bubbles in it. I tried to take a needle and break them and push the glaze around to fill in the spot but it just didn't look "right". Hmmmm.

Nadine in Nevada

ScrapySeel said...

Do you think Cardstock would work OK? I have never done anything with this glue, is it something that if I put a washer on a key chain it could handle the keys . rubbing etc ( daily in out of purse etc) or not? thank you for a great site & any info. Valerie in Southern Indiana. Just started following you, found thru pintrest.

Jen said...

Hi, Valerie! Thanks for stopping by. I don't know that I'd use cardstock. While I can't be certain because I haven't actually tried it, I'd say a washer would probably hold up as a key chain. Do let me know if you try it! :)

Melissa St John said...

I just made some of these and used Mod Podge on top of the scrapbook paper prior to coating them with Dimensional Magic. It sealed the paper first. I've never had any issue with the colors bleeding. This is truly a wonderful and simple way to make pendants!!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the idea i just make some and put glitter on the top to give it a bit of sparkle looks really cool.

Di Crawford said...

These are a fantastic idea! Thanks for showing how easy it is, Jen. Close to My Heart, a scrapping company, has the same stuff to put on top. They call is Liquid Glass and it works like a charm. (Ha, no pun intended.) You can buy it at dianecrawford.closetomyheart.com. I'm a librarian and I'm going to try to reuse ruined books for the artwork. Thanks so much!

Amy said...

Do you know about how many pendants you can make with one bottle of glossy accents? I am thinking about doing this with my girl scouts. Thanks.

Jen said...

That's a really good question, Amy. It's been a while since I made them & I'm not completely certain, but I do know that I made all of the pendants in the photo with one bottle & had some to spare. Hope that helps!

Vanessa B said...

Making my first one (the test) tonight, so far so good. I found a "glossy accents" dimension type product also made by Mod Podge so I got that. Im doing mine with two different papers (one on each side) so they are reversible, and will be giving them as sets for Christmas gifts!! YAY - THANK YOU

Anonymous said...

Have u tried making with fabric instead of paper? I have TONS of fabric lol.

Jen said...

Hi, there!

I haven't tried it with fabric myself. So, I'm not completely sure how it would hold up. Please let me know if you give it a go! :)

Anonymous said...

This may sound silly, but how did you do actually put the necklace together? Did you just tie the strings in a knot, or did you actually put on the metal clasp pieces used for jewelry? Just wondering what would look the best!

Jen said...

Hi, there! I used a lobster claw clasp, but you could just play around with it and see what works best for you. Thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

I've tried making these before, but mine didn't turn out too well. The sides of mine look rough...you can see where the paper hangs over each side, and you can see the washer in between. How do you fix this and make the sides look better?

Jen said...

I just cut the paper as close to the edge as possible & then use a file to smooth around the outside of the washer. The edge of the washers will still be visible, but I don't think it's overly noticeable. Hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you could use fabric scraps? I have ALOT of fabric scraps and outside of making key fobs, I have been looking for other ideas too

Lynn said...

These are gorgeous, but my favorite line from the blog is this one:

Hang out with your puppies while you wait for your washer to dry...

Out of context it just sounds so crazy!

Anonymous said...

do you know if it would be safe for my child to put in his mouth? He's forever chewing on all my necklaces and I just wonder if it would be safe or not. Might have to go the keychain route instead...

Anonymous said...

tried this and the Modge Pod didnt hold the paper on the metal. ??

Maureen Heck said...

These are so cute! I just made one and I don't have Glossy Accents, I got a Paper Glaze product. Thanks for te tutorial -- I included it in my "6 weeks to Christmas" blog post :)
http://coconutxoxo.blogspot.com/2012/11/countdown-to-christmas-6-weeks-of-kid.html?m=1

BudandMarsha said...

If you have a Tractor Supply near you, it's a place to get the washers much cheaper than Home Depot. You can buy them by the pound (or portion) and they cost so little it's almost a crime! Hope this works for some of you.

Anonymous said...

How did you keep them from sticking to the surface underneath? Also how did you keep the center open? the gloss is leaking into the center,

Jen said...

I think the best way to do it is to outline the inner and outer circles with Glossy Accents and fill in the space in between, taking care not to squeeze too much out at a time (this should help avoid the product getting on anything but the actual washer). Hope that helps!

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Kelly Flynn said...

I had a problem with the glossy side face down. The now "down" side was dry before I flipped it, but it got the imprint of whatever I laid it down on (first time it was a paper towel, second time it was wax paper). Any way to fix this or prevent this from happening?

Love the idea though, and they look great (other than the texture)!

Anonymous said...

Love the part about hanging out with the pups while waiting for the project to dry!

mummywright71 said...

Make bracelets with smaller washers! So cute, and earrings,
:-)
Thanks for sharing xx

Anonymous said...

Silly question...what type of file do you use?

Jen said...

Kelly, I would suggest letting them dry overnight or even a full 24 hours in order to avoid that problem. Hope that works for you!

I just used a big nail file, Anon.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmn....I think I just might try this one..hubby is at the hardware store often so I'll have an excuse to go there with him. Have a few friends who would enjoy getting these for a gift and my granddaughter will enjoy having a few made just for her as well.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great information! Do you put the glossy accents on both sides of the washer or just one? Thanks!
Jen

Anonymous said...

I just made one tonight, although I couldn't find 'glossy accents', I bought a Dimensional glaze of some kind made by Mod Podge. It doesn't seem to be bubbled out like yours are. I plan on letting them sit over night and maybe add more of the glaze tomorrow to see if it works. I plan on using mine as tags for my wedding favors... tying them with jute to burlap bags. They have our names and the date on the washer along with two little hearts :)

Missy Mesta said...

U should make matching earings with smaller washers :)

Amanda Garbett said...

How long did it take to make including dry time? I am thinking about making them for an activity but we only have about one hour.

Jen said...

Thanks for the comment, Amanda. It's been a while since I made these, but I know that there are specific drying instructions on the Glossy Accents bottle. I was overly cautious and let them dry overnight though. So, it might not be the best for a one-hour craft. Sorry!

Anonymous said...

What kind of washers are you using? I've heard that anything other than stainless steel will eventually rust or corrode.

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