Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Washer Pendant Necklaces

Hi all, look at what Ive been making....... These would make fantastic Christmas presents.

These pendants are super easy to make (once you get the hang of the letter punch technique) and I think any little girl would love one. There is no limit to what you can do .... 

 

 Here's what I did

You will need a letter punch set, washers (any hardware store will carry them) and a hammer. 
 
I first tried this using a piece of wood as a base but you actually need a hard solid surface to get the best result. The wood cushions the blow from the hammer and you wont get a nice deep groove. I just need to learn how to hit that letter punch a little harder.
  You need to hit pretty hard and as I was on my 10th washer I started to get the idea

Then using a felt tip pen, go over the letters and wipe off with a damp cloth to remove the excess ink. This enhances the word.

  
Now you're ready to put your creation together. Because these are for younger girls, I went for the bright thread and flower embellishments
 
Loop the thread through the washers, add the charms and clasps and they are good to go.....
Pretty cool huh? And so much fun to make... 


Take care everyone,


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37 comments:

  1. WOW - those are super!
    Lisa
    xx

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  2. Nats these are fantastic, how creative you are !
    Luv Michelle P xxxx

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  3. Desiree thank you so much for the inspiration and for popping by.
    Nat

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  4. Thanks Michelle and Lisa - future projects for you and your girls???? Thank you for following and your lovely comments xxxx Nats

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  5. Wow you are so clever Nat!

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  6. Absolutely beautiful,love the colours Nats! You are so very creative and have so many talents.



    xxxAudra

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  7. Thanks Audra, Im enjoying myself - its been way too long since I was last creative xx

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  8. Natalie, these are WONDERFUL! I love the words you chose, the additional little embellishments and the pop of color! Thanks SO much for sharing at the Kiss & Tell party over at my place <3

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    1. Thank you for visiting Christina - these pendants were such a joy to give away as gifts this Christmas. Ive also started making some up to have in stock for birthday presents. And so much fun to make xx Nat

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  9. These are indeed amazing - so clever and effective! Visiting via Kiss and Tell linky x
    www.twinklestutustwirls.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Twinkle Star - thank you for stopping by - I visited your blog and am now your newest follower - your monthly make is fantastic. Please stop by again xx Nat

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  10. I just featured these fabulous pendants on my Facebook page. They just totally rock! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Igottacreate/100573240032625?sk=wall
    <3

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    1. Aw Christina - thank you so much for featuring me on FB - Im so excited, your awesome!

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  11. Aloha! I just discovered your fun blog via Overflowing with Creativity. I really like your Love frame and also these washer necklaces. I've made the washer necklaces before, but I like your idea of adding charms! I'm your new follower. Hope you can come by for a visit on the "mainland" at altered-artworks.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Doreen - Im following back, thanks for finding me and following. take care. Nat

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  12. these are fantastic, I would never have guessed they were punched washers!
    Best,
    Jenn from http://www.JustAddWaterSilly.com, hopping from serenity now.
    (newest follower)

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    1. Hi Jenn - thank you so much for following - Im following you right back and thank you for your lovely comment. Take care, Nat

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  13. This project is awesome! I would love to try to make one of these necklaces! It would be super cool if would come by today to enter my giveaway for a $50 Lowe's gift card and to link up to my very first party! http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/imagine-the-impossibilities-link-party-1/
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog = your newest follower

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    1. Thank you so much Karah - will link up xx Nat

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  14. Great tutorial! I love the look of your necklaces! Thanks for linking up to our "impossibles" party!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  15. Thanks for linking this up too, great tutorial!
    Karah

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  16. What a cute idea! Thank you so much for linking up with the Cowgirl up! Linky party. We love looking through each post. We hope you'll link up with us again next week!
    ♥Linsey

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    1. Thanks Linsey - Im loving the link party xx Nat

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  17. How did I miss this, Natalie?!!! So excited!!! Just pinned :)

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    1. Your so sweet - thank you Mary xxx

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  18. These are adorable! Can you tell me what kind of stamp set you use? I found a few, but many have bad reviews. Also, where did you find the cute charms, etc...?

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    1. Hi there - I actually have the larger stamps than I wanted. The set I was looking at online which is a jewellery site was over $40 without the postage - then my hubby saw the set I have now on special at a car parts store (I think Repco) for $24. When I looked at all the car parts stores online - most places carry them - I think htey are used to label engine parts etc. The charms I found at Spotlight (Im not sure where your messaging from) but I think any craft store that sells jewellery making components will sell charms - I get them in bags of 10 I think. Hope this helps xx Nat

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  19. awesome idea, which size washer did you use if I may be so bold to ask?

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    1. Hi Petra,
      I cant remember the actual size - I think about a 45cm size? They were the smallest ones in our hardware store. I have also used bigger ones which worked just fine.
      I'm also from South Africa originally - from Durban. Take care and thanks for stopping by xx Nat

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  20. I adore these necklaces! I made one a few years ago for my daughter with her first name on one washer, and her sorority name on a larger one. I like your idea of adding charms or beads. I think I'm going to have to find my letter punch set. I know it's here somewhere! Found you via My 1929 Charmer linky party, and now following you!

    Would love for you to visit me at http://altered-artworks.blogspot.com
    Have a good week.

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  21. Hi Natalie! The washer necklaces are adorable! I have a 14 y/o daughter and I bet she'd love to make these with me! We will give it a try and let you know how they come out! Thank you for a great idea!

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    1. Oh Julia - I hope you have fun making them - would love to see a pic when you've made them xx

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  22. Great little necklaces - just perfect for gifts!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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