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DIY Metal Washers Jewelry

A simple box of inexpensive metal washers from the hardware store can be turned into fabulous jewelry with a few quick and easy steps.

Lifestyle Expert Kristen Hilyard shows us how!

PAINTED WASHER EARRINGS

Supplies:

  • 6 Washers
  • 6 Jump Rings
  • 2 Earring Hooks
  • Nail Polish
Directions:
  • Grab six washers (three washers per earring).
  • Lay them out and paint them with nail polish. Any colors you choose.
  • Let them dry for at least an hour, longer if you can. They must be completely dry!
  • Paint the backs and the jump rings as well, if you want.
  • Open up a jump ring, attach it to your earring hook, keep it open and attach one of your painted washers to it. Then close it tightly.
  • Now pick up another jump ring, open it up, and grab another one of your painted washers and attach it to the jump ring.
  • Attach that jump ring to the washer you just attached to the earring hook.
  • Attach the last painted washer with a jump ring to the last one you assembled (the same way).
  • Repeat this process for the other earring.
WASHER FLOWER NECKLACE

Supplies:

  • 5 small washers
  • 1 large washer
  • Jewelry wire (thin)
  • Nail Polish
  • Necklace chain
Directions:
  • Paint all of your small washers one color.
  • Paint the larger washer another color (no need to paint the backs).
  • Let them dry at least an hour or overnight, if you can.
  • Cut about 12-inches of thin craft wire.
  • Grab your large washer and one small washer.
  • Take the large washer and lay the smaller one on top of the larger one, slightly to the side but overlapping.
  • Wrap your wire through the center of the washers securing them together (like the center of a flower and one petal).
  • Keep layering and wrapping the other four small washers onto the larger center one, like the petals of a flower.
  • Once you've finished creating your flower, 'tie' off the wire in the back by wrapping it around and around a wire on the back.
  • Add your chain to the necklace.
LINKS AND CHAINS NECKLACE

Supplies:

  • 1 large washer
  • 8 medium washers
  • 8 small washers
  • Jump Rings
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Necklace Clasp (optional)
Directions:
  • Start with your large washer. Open up your jump ring and attach it to the washer, then close it.
  • Grab the smallest washer, open another jump ring, attach it to the smaller washer and link the small washer to the jump ring on the large washer you just assembled.
  • Do the same thing with a medium washer and keep repeating the pattern until you get four small and four medium washers on the largest washer.
  • The pattern will be: Jump ring, jump ring, small washer; jump ring, jump ring, medium washer; jump ring, jump ring, small washer.
  • Then repeat the exact same thing on the other side of the largest washer.
  • When you're finished attach the chain (any length you choose) with jump rings to create your finished necklace.
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