Emily Lawrence Mendoza
May 12, 2015

Washer Necklace - Photo by Emily Lawrence Mendoza (HobbyFarms.com) 

This easy-to-make personalized necklace can be crafted from easy-to-find hardware and tools. I love that this necklace feels like it’s one part Anthropology and one part camp craft, and the washers give an added symbolism with the eternal nature of circle or loop. I cant help but think of an old camp song I grew up singing that says,”A circle is round, it has no end, that’s how long I want to be your friend.” The best part is with a little practice stamping, you can make this necklace in 10 minutes or less.

Washer Necklace - Photo by Emily Lawrence Mendoza (HobbyFarms.com) 

What You’ll Need:

  • washer (It always helps to have a few extra just in case.)
  • embroidery thread or craft string
  • hammer or mallet
  • steel stamping set
  • acetone

Step 1

Washer Necklace - Photo by Emily Lawrence Mendoza (HobbyFarms.com) 

Place your washer on a solid surface. With the letter stamp facing down hit the end of the stamp with your hammer until it leaves an impression. Don’t shift the stamp or you’ll end up with overprinted letters. Repeat the process with each letter until you have a complete word.

Step 2

Make a cord with embroidery floss or craft thread by either braiding or twisting the strands together. See this video for the quickest cord-making technique you’ll ever find.

Step 3

Washer Necklace - Photo by Emily Lawrence Mendoza (HobbyFarms.com) 

Fold your cord in half, and feed your loop up through the center of the washer and bring the tails of the cord through the loop. To make a bracelet you can use two pieces of cord and repeat the process on both sides of the washer.

Washer Necklace - Photo by Emily Lawrence Mendoza (HobbyFarms.com) 

Step 4

Washer Necklace - Photo by Emily Lawrence Mendoza (HobbyFarms.com) 

If you’d like your design to be subtle you can stop here. But if you want to make the words stand out you can fill them in with permanent marker, making sure to get ink down into the grooves.

Washer Necklace - Photo by Emily Lawrence Mendoza (HobbyFarms.com) 

Wipe the surface with acetone on a cloth or cotton ball to remove all of the marker except for the inset ink.

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About Emily Lawrence Mendoza
Emily Lawrence Mendoza is a graphic designer and crafty mom who recently started her own blog SweetMommyMom.com. She loves sewing and crafting without breaking the bank and using items that can be easily sourced.

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