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Metal Washer Necklaces

These adorable washer necklaces can be made for any occasion and are perfect to wear no matter what your age.

by CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)

What you need

Flat metal washers (I used 1 5/8" washers from Home Depot; but you can use any size)
Circle template or punch (I used a 2" punch and trimmed the excess and a ¾ punch for the middle hole)
Pattern paper
Modge Podge
Diamond Glass
Scissors (fine tipped in order to trim around the washer and cut with precision)
Emery board (fine-grained sand paper)
Toothpicks

Instructions

The necklace can be dressed up with accessories such as beads, glitter, sparkles, adhesive backed jewels, etc. You create the pattern for your necklace with pattern paper such as scrapbook paper (B&T paper for scrapbooking).

Cut a circle to fit the washer and punch a hole in the middle of the circle.

You can also use a razor knife to cut the hole out of the middle. Place the flat washer on wax paper.

Spread Modge Podge on one side of the washer and then cover it with the patterned paper circle making sure that it fits exactly. If the paper is hanging over the side of the washer, then use your micro-tipped scissors to trim excess paper. Sand around the perimeter of the washer with the emery board and make sure the paper is adhered to the washer completely and that the paper is not popping up anywhere.

Once the paper is completely glued to the washer then take your diamond glass and squeeze it onto the paper in the middle all the way around the circle. Then use a tooth pick to spread the liquid evenly onto the washer covering the paper evenly.

Make sure the diamond glass seals the edges of the paper around the perimeter of the circle and in the middle. Let the diamond glass coat dry for at least 12 hours (overnight).

Once the liquid glass on the washer is completely dry then cut the leather or silk cord, ribbon or hemp to the desired length and attach to the washer. Hold the cord so that each end is even and make a loop in the middle, thread the loop through the middle of the washer and then wrap the two ends around the washer and thread them through the loop making a sort of slip knot around the washer.

Embellish the necklaces by hanging a charm in the middle and placing beads at the top of the cords.

You can purchase inexpensive charms from craft stores or online. On one the necklaces I used filigree charm from the Close to my Heart catalog (these are charms for scrapbook pages).

Another idea is to put glitter or sparkles (jewels) on the paper before you seal it with the diamond glass I used clear sparkles on the pink and brown patterned necklace to give it some bling.

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