Thursday, November 1, 2012

Handmade Holidays: Washer Necklace

Personalized jewelry is what we are making today! This project was a popular one around this house and so I made a necklace for each of the girls to show you all how simple and lovely this handmade gift is for giving this year!


To start you will need to buy ball chain (I bought mine on a roll at the craft store) and some charms. I suggest you shop around for a sale as these often do get discounted in sales ads or you might use a coupon to grab these supplies at a deal.
The stainless steel washers are at the hardware store and only cost about ten cents each. Get extra because there is a little learning curve to metal stamping.


You will also need metal stamps. I bought mine from Artbeads but I have since learned that they are cheaper at Harbor Freight PLUS their set includes numbers. You want the 1/8 inch size.
If you are a local friend, you may borrow my stamps if you ever want to, just send me a text or email.


You will also need a stainless steel block like this one to hammer upon. Trust me...you need the block. Use a coupon to buy it. Now, I used something different. We live near a railroad track and I found a steel plate  (it's really heavy). I use the gigantic steel plate! I'm a cheapo sometimes.

First you will want to tape your washer to your block so that it will stay in place while you hammer the stamp.

Next you will want to be sure your stamp is on the washer correctly so that the letter is right side up. This is the tricky part, getting the letters spaced correctly. It took me three tries on one washer, so buy extra!

Try and only bang the hammer down one time so as to prevent the stamp from shifting.

All that is left is to loop the chain around the washer and add your charms with jump rings.
 If you want the letters to show up more just color them in with a fine tip sharpie and wipe off excess ink.

 
I bet you can think of a few people who would love one of these!
Go ahead and make some. Let me know if you do and send me a picture. I would love see what creative ideas you all come up with for your necklaces!
 

Hope you all have a great weekend! We will be celebrating 2 birthdays on Saturday!
 
See you Monday!

3 comments:

  1. These are excellent! Love the ball chain, I had never thought of that, but my favourite necklace in my teens was made of that. So glad your piglets are in their pen now, I shall send my wishes that they stay there nicely for you. :)

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  2. I had been thinking about your metal stamping idea and wondered if it might work on teaspoons? I want to make mugs and snowman soup for a few gifts and was thinking about doing the teaspoon dipped in chocolate> I had been thinking maybe not regarding the spoon as then they end up with one random mismatched spoon, though given the life span on my teaspoons, lol, maybe not so much of a problem. Then I thought about your washers and maybe personalized teaspoons, maybe even baby cutlery sets might be a cute spin off?

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  3. I might try it just to see how it works. I buy my flatware at Sam's Club and it's flat on the handle with no design...might just work:-)

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