Tuesday, April 24, 2012
DIY Washer Jewelry
I picked-up two sets of stamps at Harbor Freight…a 1/4” and a 1/8”…and a couple boxes of assorted washers.
There are lots of tutorials online for how to stamp on metal, but it’s really not that difficult. You should plan to have some spare/practice washers on hand while you get used to how many times to hammer the stamp, line-up the letters, et cetera.
Basically, you need a hard surface (preferably cement), a protective surface (I used a plastic cutting mat), a hammer, washers, and your stamps.
The garage floor and front porch step worked well for me, along with an old plastic mat. I hammered each letter about 5 times.After stamping the washer, I filled each letter in with a black sharpie. It gets a little messy here and you need to wipe the Sharpie off right away. You can use a wet wipe or cloth.The black ink stays inside the letters and makes them stand out.I made one for Baby Jude’s momma…this is her first baby! I used black cord for the necklace and added a copper washer. I also found a cute little boy charm at Hobby Lobby to finish it off.This one is for my friend Pam, who is having her third little one. I included a washer with each of her kiddos’ names on a triple hanger that I found at Hobby Lobby.I also put one together (as an early Mothers’ Day gift) for my mother. This one is on a chain and has her grandkids’ names on washers and the word “love” on another copper piece. BTW, they all LOVED their gifts! Of course, I just had to throw one in for myself!And, since I was on a jewelry-making kick, I made one for a bride-to-be friend too. I included their initials and wedding date.Aren’t they fun? I am totally enjoying these stamps and am looking forward to more projects. Maybe I’ll finally open that Etsy shop and put them in there…
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