today i’m sharing a tutorial for how to make a hand-stamped washer necklace.
there are other tutorials out there about this including this one and this one, but this is my little spin on it and will hopefully help you create a great project and possible gift idea for the upcoming holiday season!
let’s get started, shall we?
metal washers (2-3 corresponding sizes–i like the ones with a medium-sized hole)
letter stamps (mine are from Harbor Freight Tools and pretty cheap, too! Save 25% to 50% Off at Harbor Freight!
a smooth, hard surface (garage floor works best–DO NOT TRY this on a table or the sidewalk)
a permanent marker
eye pins (optional–but need for the beads)
needle nose pliers
round nose pliers
jump rings (optional)
2. line up the letter and strike with the hammer one to two times. (i figured out that if i hit it about “medium hard” the letters turned out just right. not too hard and not too soft—i feel like the three little bears..) the spacing and strength with what you hit the stamps takes some practicing, so use one of the washers to just get the feel for it before starting on your actual piece.
3. once the stamping is done, color in the letters with a permanent marker, wait for a couple of seconds, and then wipe it off with a baby wipe. (i think different colored markers would look kind of cool, too!)
4. now to assemble: i did two different attachments (see pictured) and liked them both.
attach with a large gauge jump ring
with a simple chain knot–
i like this option, because you can easily change the washers by simply undoing the knot yet it holds very securely
5. add embellishments such as beads or charms. check out this video for more on how to make a connector with an eye pin and bead.
now, go make one for each of your friends!
if you would rather use actual metal blanks instead of washers, beaducation is a great place to get them!
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