I saw this amazing idea on the good ol’ Pinterest and instantly fell in love with it. All I need are washers of varying sizes and nail polish? Count me in! The post that inspired this project is “DIY – Washer Necklace” By Wilma. She does an awesome job showing the step-by-step process– you should check it out! She started out her project with an old necklace chain and some jump rings. For some reason, I thought it would be a better idea to make the chain myself with smaller sized washers… That decision definitely wasn’t a time saver. To cut down the time of this project I would definitely stop by a Michaels and buy a necklace chain.
Here are the supplies:
I grabbed the most obnoxious nail polish color I could find and a top coat clear polish. I didn’t end up using the base coat nail polish but if you want to add that step, go for it. I also took a trip to Lowe’s and bought three different sized washers.
For the chain I chose the smallest split washer size I could find. I chose the split washer (shown below) because the slice in it makes it easy to create a chain. I also chose a larger sized split washer that was slightly smaller than the washers I was going to paint. I chose a size that would make it easy for the smaller washers to attach but also would fit around the larger decorative washers. The last washer size I chose was the style that would be used as the focal point of the necklace. In the picture above you can see what it looks like painted.
The washers came in packages. I only needed one package for the two larger washers but I purchased three packages for the small washers that would make up the chain. All of the supplies were fairly inexpensive but don’t forget about your pliers! Hopefully you have some already, the pliers cost more than all the supplies of the necklace put together… (Another good reason to stop by Michaels and buy the necklace chain.)
1. Paint the washers. Wait for the first coat to dry. Add a second coat of the color nail polish then add a coat of the clear polish after second coat has dried.
2. Put together a chain with the smaller split washers. (I used two pliers to open up the washers to attach them. Then I used the pliers to flatten the slice to seal the chain together.)
3. Once the painted washers are dry, place them in a pattern you want and connect them with the larger split washers. I opened and closed the larger split washers the same as the smaller ones. The larger ones were a lot harder to work with because of their size. Because of how much time and energy it took to split the two washers, I would recommend buying some jump rings along with your necklace chain at Michaels…
4. Once the you have the decorative part of your necklace put together and the chain connected, attach two additional large-split washers to each side of the pattern and slip the ends of the chain on each side.
I really like the industrial look of this necklace. It can brighten up any neutral outfit (a color scheme I definitely have too much of). The bright and bold style that has been everywhere all summer can still be accomplished with your black and gray shirts. All you need is some blindingly bright accessories!
This project was fun and I am thinking about creating another washer necklace with all large washers instead of the small chain.
Let me know your thoughts! Too obnoxious? Too much work?
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