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Picture of Hardware Jewelry: Wrapped Washer Necklaces
As programming librarians with a focus on serving patrons in their 20s and 30s (http://altlibrary.com), we are ever challenged to create enticing programs. Especially without spending too much money! Which is why these embroidery floss wrapped washers are a perfect craft. Very adaptable to individual taste, super cheap to make and very fun.

Step 1: Materials and getting started

Picture of Materials and getting started
Rummaging through our stockpile of crafting materials, I manage to fish out:


* variegated embroidery floss (more fun than single color!)

* a variety of washers  

* a ribbon for stringing
 
cairparavel3 years ago
These are super cool! I love the concept! But one question, being that it is made from washers; is it heavy on the neck?
0jack4 years ago
I'd almost forgotten about this craft-- haven't done it in ages. This can also be done with wire and beads, both of which can be come by cheaply if you're willing to scrounge around for them or try the dollar store. This is a lot of fun as a recycling exercise. If you just want to do the beads and the floss, it can look quite pretty, too.

You can weave ribbon through the finished disks if you like, to make bracelets.
This is so fun! I think when I try it I will try connecting the washers to each other creating a necklace that way and possibly a broach for my mother.
This looks great! I'm going to do this in the kids art class I teach. Like an above poster, I like it better without the top washers and I would put them on a black cord. I love the choice of variegated floss; it does add interest. It would also be cool to use only metallic floss and have some in copper, silver, gold, pewter, etc. Lot's of ways to go with this one! Thanks so much for sharing this idea!
SwimmingRox5 years ago
SUPER CUTE! =)
saehn5 years ago
This is pretty and I could see it being done in a variety of colors. Suggestion: from a design perspective, the top washers seem unnecessary. Not including them would save time and effort as well. I'm imagining the colored washers tied to a black cord, spaced out evenly. Like this:


necklace.jpg
This will be the perfect gift for my sisters upcoming birthday
JohnJY5 years ago
Very nice work, rather tedious if you ask me, but a cheap, enjoyable, and time consuming. Do you plan on making a series of hardware jewerly?
alt+library (author)  JohnJY5 years ago
We're considering it! This craft will probably be featured at our teen "Accessorize" series, done throughout the Sacramento public library system. Librarians have the coolest jobs!
Pretty! Making!
Sunbanks5 years ago
That is really cool!