Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday: Multiple Washer Necklace

I saw this idea from Becca at Blue Cricket Design. I thought that it was so cute. I thought I would put my personal touch on it and add decorative paper to each washer, I love color.

There were at least four men that asked me what I was doing at the hardware store. I had several washers out on the shelf trying to decide what sizes I wanted and all. Even though I'm quite comfortable at hardware stores and usually know what I'm doing, I don't think they are used to seeing many women going through multiple washers :)
This looks pretty hard, but once you get the hang out of, it's quite simple. Just study the pictures and hopefully once you start, they will make sense. I"m going to try to explain it the best that I can.

This is how I made it:
1)Picked out various washers from hardware store. Sorry I don't remember what sizes they were. I decided to do a pattern, 3 small- 3 medium- 3 large- 3 medium- 3 small

2) I cut out circles to fit the washers, luckily I have punches that worked out great!

3) Using mod podge, I sealed the paper on the washers

4) Using about 5 ft of ribbon (longer is always better), I burned the edges and then put the ribbon through the first washer, leaving enough slack at the left for the top of the necklace. I used 3/8" stitched grosgain ribbon, but you can use whatever you want to.



5) Taking the longer ribbon (right side), go through the second washer from the top side (decorative paper side)

6)Next, take the long ribbon and go back through the top of the first washer. The second washer will now be on top of the first washer
7) Take the long ribbon and put it through the bottom of the second washer (metal side) and pull tight



8)This is what the first two washers should look like after pulling tight
9) Continue doing that over and over until you have finished your pattern

10) Tie off the two ends. You will want the ends to be long enough to fit around your neck.

Here is another one I did with just 9 washers. I did the same pattern 3 medium to 3 large to 3 medium
**Although this is a super cute necklace, it's not the lightest thing, so three hours of church was about my max. It was worth it though, I had at least 10 comments on it :) One of my favorite things about these necklaces is the fact that you can have it be nice and long, or make it short. I wore it short with this shirt but would wear it long with a higher collared shirt.

26 comments:

Megan said...

It's beautiful!

Jamee said...

what a neat idea!

Stephanie said...

I love color too, it is darling.

Summer said...

I love how you added paper to your washers - what a great idea!

Jennifer said...

That is SO cute... love it! :)

Tami said...

Your tutorial is a lot better than the last one I looked at. I think I can do it now. Thanks for the great details.

Micah said...

That is amazing! I have to try...What a great idea. I am new to your blog and am excited to look around:)

Amanda said...

My teenager is going to love this!

Mother Huddle said...

Sooooo cute! Love love it.

Destri

fawnda said...

So cool! I love it! : )

Lanie said...

Very cute! I linked to this in my Friday Favorites! ~Lanie

http://laniejandco.blogspot.com/2010/02/friday-favorites-21910.html

Lori said...

O.K. this is way to cute. Men what can you do with them???LOL They just don't get it..

I love it... I'm bookmarking this, so I can do it one day...

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thurs. at Life As Lori

Please join me next week for another great party!

mary'smom said...

So pretty!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Very cute! I love this version with the paper!

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

I was wondering if it was heavy as soon as I saw what it was made out of! It's very striking.

Allison Shops said...

How creative!

I hope you'll drop by AtticMag this week to tour my home.
Allison

The Persimmon Perch said...

I love that you decorated the washers instead of leaving them plain. It really makes a statement now. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

Heather@ My Frugal Family said...

Very cute!!

Thank you so much for linking up with the Talented Tuesday link party at My Frugal Family, which is hosted every Tuesday. Please feel free to stop back in every week and post your newest projects!

Jen said...

I was going to say that it looked heavy, then I read on that it was. It is really cute and I love the addition of the paper. I also love your hair cut.

Andrea said...

Fun idea! Thanks for linking last week!
Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com

Tiff @ Making The World Cuter said...

Love the fun designs and sizes!
-Tiff

KatrinkaJane said...

That's the exact same technique used in making pop tab bracelets! So cool to see it used with washers...

Redesign Diva said...

Absolutely adorable..cool idea

MICHELL said...

I found it!!!! I love it!

WobiSobi said...

Wow this so great too. You are so creative. I just Love your Blog!!!

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