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September 23, 2010

Washer Necklaces

Graphic 45 Drop Necklace  I thought Graphic 45 paper would make really cool jewelry, so I set about to figure out how to do that. I've seen a few necklaces made with washers and figured I could try my hand at that. I combined a few different ideas that are out there, to come up with my own twist on washer necklaces. The exact papers and ribbons to make these necklaces will be listed at the end of this post.

The first thing you'll need to do is raid the garage or head to the local hardware store to pick up some washers. I used pretty large washers in varying sizes. The larger the washers you pick, the heavier your necklace will be. If you care pick smaller washers. If like me, you don't care as long as it's pretty, pick whatever size makes you happy. 

Trace your washers onto the patterned paper that you want to use. Cut out your paper. Adhere the paper to the washers with a glue that works on metal and paper (I used Scrappy Glue). Use a clear glaze like Diamond Glaze to glaze and protect your paper covered washers. You only have to glaze the paper (front side of the washer), not the whole thing. The glaze also gives the washers an enameled look. I used 2 coats to get the look I was going for.

Graphic 45 bib necklace

Now you will need to attach ribbon to the washers. The necklace at left was laced up using the technique I found here. Scroll about 1/2 way down the page to see a diagram on how to lace the ribbon.

For the necklace at right, I had my husband drill holes through the washers. Then I just threaded the ribbon through the holes. Both necklaces were really fun, inexpensive, and easy to make, and they were a great use for my Graphic 45 paper!

Don't forget, you have until the end of the month to get Graphic 45 and Stampendous on sale for 25% off!

Supply List

Drop Necklace (on the left)
Paper: Graphic 45 On the Boardwalk (High Style Holiday), Graphic 45 Le Romantique (Celebration, Enamored Embrace)
Accessories: Hero Arts Hero Hues (Earth Ribbon)
Additional Bits: Large Washers

Bib Necklace (on the right)
Paper: Graphic 45 On The Boardwalk (Malt Shop, She Sells Seashells
Accessories: Hero Arts Hero Hues (Earth Ribbon)
Additional Bits: Large Washers

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