Tuesday, April 24, 2012

DIY Washer Jewelry

I’m sure that most of you have seen the cute “washer jewelry” and “Mom jewelry” that is all over Pinterest, Etsy, and the blogosphere.  I just love it and I’ve been dying to get a set of metal stamps so that I could try it myself.  I also needed some fun, creative gifts to make for a couple of girls at work.  Good excuse to buy those stamps, right?
I picked-up two sets of stamps at Harbor Freight…a 1/4” and a 1/8”…and a couple boxes of assorted washers.DSCN7824
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.DSCN7828
The garage floor and front porch step worked well for me, along with an old plastic mat.  I hammered each letter about 5 times.DSCN7830After 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.DSCN7831The black ink stays inside the letters and makes them stand out.DSCN7849I 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.DSCN7854This 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.DSCN7861I 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! DSCN7864Of course, I just had to throw one in for myself!DSCN7867And, 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.DSCN7878Aren’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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