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So Cool Washer Jewelry (project)

Ooooh shiny…and i was hooked! Somewhere i ran across a blog post about making cool jewelry out of metal washers (yes those round shiny metal donut thingys in the hardware store) – and i literally had dreams about it! haha! So I dragged my husband to Lowes with me- because I have no clue how to get around in that place – honestly it intimidates the heck outa me. Then made him browse the isles at Hobby Lobby  – to check out paper, leather string, jewelry making parts, glue – etc… until I am sure he was ready to fake a heart attack just to get out of there! (eehh…he’s a trooper though 😉 Thanks RicRay)

Okay, that was last night – and this morning I layed it all out on the dining room table to start my first jewelry making adventure.

 This is what I used;

  • metal washers- various sizes
  • leather string
  • cool papers from the craft store
  • Mod Podge (I used the glossy one)
  • Triple Thick (Its a glaze that gives dimension to your piece when it dries- SUPER COOL)
  • Various parts for clasps (I wasn’t sure which ones I’d like the best so I picked up a few different ones)
  • Brushes
  • And in the middle of it all – I realized that having a damp towel on hand would come in really handy

Its really easy- not too much to it;

  • Trace a circle around the FLAT side of your washer and on the inside of the hole (on the BACK SIDE of your paper)
  • Cut out the circle on the INSIDE of where you have traced (you want the paper to fit just inside the perimeter of your washer-no over hang)
  • Coat the flat side of your washer with Mod Podge
  • Smooth the paper circle onto the washer
  • Brush the printed side of the paper with Mod Podge & let dry a few minutes
  • Brush on the TRIPLE THICK glaze
  • Set aside to dry and harden for 24 HOURS before doing anything else (I got antsy and didn’t wait – kinda messed up the glaze on my first one)
  • String the washer pendent with leather, cord, metal chain, whatever you like!


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