Hardware Jewelry: Wrapped Washer Necklaces




About: 20s and 30s programming for the Sacramento Public Library

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

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

Step 2: Now You Can Be a Wrap Star!

Tie one end of the embroidery floss to the washer; trim down the excess. Start wrapping the floss around the washer, threading through the center. Keep the loops snugly against one another, unless you like the look of shiny metal peeping through your floss. Continue wrapping until washer is completely covered. Loop tail through the center and knot to finish the now-fabulous pendant.  

(For larger washers, try using yarn. It's all fuzzy and fun-looking!)

Step 3: (lather, Rinse) Repeat!

Select another washer and a new color of floss and begin again. Or the same color of floss, if you are interested in a more monochromatic design. We opted for a rainbow of colors. Tie, wrap, tie again, hooray!

Step 4: Completion

We chose to tie the various pendants to unwrapped washers for a nicely-contrasting hard/soft look, spaced with other washers threaded onto a ribbon. This is the time to let your imagination run wild and use what you have lying around. Scrap jewelry! 

Step 5: Wearing Your Work With Pride

You've created your glamorous new hardware necklace; tie it on and go enjoy your evening of dancing, reading, roller derby, or whatever suits your fancy!



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    11 Discussions


    7 years ago on Step 5

    These are super cool! I love the concept! But one question, being that it is made from washers; is it heavy on the neck?


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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:


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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?

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    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!