Alexa wanted to set up her own booth in an upcoming local Bluegrass Festival. So we set out to find just the thing that would be cute, easy and fun. These washer necklaces proved perfect. We’re addicted!
I’ve decided we’ll keep these on hand for gifts too–think hostess gifts, birthday gifts, just-because gifts…
Here’s how it’s done:
- washers (we used 2 different sizes–1/2 ” and 3/4″)
- all-purpose glue
- Triple Thick (aka “Diamond Glaze”)
- string or ribbon
- paper (It is suggested that you make laser copies of scrapbook-type paper as inkjet prints can bleed. However, I experimented using the regular paper and had no trouble.)
- hole-punch (optional)
Trace the washer.
Cut the doughnut-shaped paper out. We chose the 1/2″ washer first because we found a 3/4″ hole punch perfect to cut out the middle. But these are a bit large (although we like them), so we did some smaller ones too. To cut out the middle of the smaller ones we simply folded the circle in half; when it’s glued down, the crease doesn’t show. You can also use an Exacto knife.
Apply glue to the washer then press the paper shape down on the roughest side of the washer (you want the smooth side to lay against the skin.)
Let the glue dry (a few hours). Then, with a wooden skewer or similar tool, apply a thick layer of glaze and swirl it around until it evenly covers the entire surface.
This is supposed to dry for 48 hours but we impatiently put ours together a lot sooner (less than 8 hours!) You just have to be careful handling it until it is completely hardened. Oh, and baby teeth will show up in the finish
You can purchase fasteners at the craft store, but we actually just made our own like this. We decided that the ribbon is prettier so we’ll be buying different colors to match the other designs. As you can see, we also added a bead to the top of the washer. To attach the hemp rope, we just doubled it, put the folded end through the hole of the washer, and brought the loose ends back through.