Washer Pendants How-to: DIY Jewelry Making Tutorial

Washer Pendants How-to: DIY Jewelry Making Tutorial

Hello my friends, this is Jessica from JewelryTutorialHQ.com
and Bespangled Jewelry. I’m going to show you how to make these reversible
washer pendants. They’re really cool and versatile, and we’re
going to have fun. Let’s get started. I’m starting out with a 1 inch washer that
I’ve already spray painted on both sides. If you would like some tips on how to spray
paint your washer I’ll leave a link back to the blog where you can get some information
on that. I’m using a leftover piece of scrapbook paper
– you just need enough that’s slightly wider than the washer. You’ll need a 1 inch hole punch and a 1/4
inch hole punch. I’m going to use the 1/4 inch hole punch first
to punch a hole in the paper – and use the punches facing up so I can see
the design as I punch. And now that we’ve already punched the small
hole, it will be easier to center and punch out the rest of the paper around that hole. Now we should have a perfect sized donut for
our washer. This is ModPodge Dimensional Magic. We’re going to use this as an adhesive to
stick the paper onto the washer. Squeeze out a little bit around the middle,
and I’m going to spread this out with a toothpick to make sure the metal is completely covered
before I put the paper on it. You can use a different glue for this step
but make sure you follow the recommended drying time for that particular adhesive before moving
on. Center the paper and press it down – and it’s
ok that this stuff is going to squeeze out on the sides because that is going to help
make sure the edges are going to be stuck down nicely. I’m going to use my toothpick to squeeze it
down and even as kind of like a rolling pin to squash down the paper against the washer. Now I’m going to use the ModPodge on the top
again and squeeze out a line around the middle of the washer, about this much, and use the toothpick again to spread that
out evenly. You want to make sure you get all of the edges,
and anywhere you can see that looks like a little bit of a dimple in the liquid, you
want to make sure and spread that out as much as possible. And pay special attention to the edges of
the paper. We don’t want the paper to peel up. After you’re finished with this step, you’ll
need to leave it to dry for at least 3 hours. Make sure it is sitting on a perfectly level
surface so the ModPodge will dry evenly. This is the dried version – see how it’s got
kind of a 3-dimensional glaze? That’s exactly what this stuff is good for. Now we’re going to attach the bail. This is one that I made – I have another video
that shows you how to make one like this if you’re interested. You can also use the kind you can buy – find
a ‘glue – on bail’. I’m using E-6000 industrial strength adhesive,
and I’m just going to dab a little bit on the bail. This is the same technique whether you’re
using a handmade bail or one that you buy. Make sure it gets in the grooves, and then find the placement which part you
want to be the top, stick it on there and press and hold 10 to 20 seconds. I’m just going to do a little bit of cleanup
of the excess epoxy. And then I’m going to let this sit for 20
minutes before moving on. To make this double-sided I want to give this back side a nicer finish – it’s a little rough and bumpy. So I’m going to use the ModPodge again on
this side to give it a nice, shiny, 3-dimensional gloss. The same technique as before – spread it out
with a toothpick. And I actually go over the top of the bail
with this stuff but you don’t have to do that, but do make sure you get around the edges
of where the bail meets the washer. So that’s nice and sealed, and then you need
to let that sit for another 3 hours at least, but for best results wait 24 hours before
wearing the pendant. This is the finished product. This is one I made with the kind of bail that
you can buy, and this is the one that Ijust showed you with the bail that I made. I think these turned out great! Thanks for joining me today, I hope you had
fun with this project! Be sure to subscribe if you liked what you
saw so you don’t miss any new videos, and I would love it if you would visit my website
at JewelryTutorialHQ.com where you can find tons more other projects like this one. See you next time!


  1. I don't know why they're called washers but you can find them at any hardware store. They are round flat pieces of metal (like a donut) that are used with nuts and bolts.

  2. Thanks for the video. I was thinking of using Mod Podge for some pendants, but have never used the stuff before. After seeing your demonstration, I feel I have enough info to do the project. Thanks.

  3. Hi, this is a really great idea. It made me think of something else you could do. Instead of using the washer you could use polymer clay in the same shape and add mica powders and glitter to make it even prettier. The washer can be used as a way to cut out the clay.

  4. For those who don't know what a washer is, it a part that you can purchase at any hardware store and in many sizes. They come made of metal, plastic and rubber. They have many uses. You can find them on everything from bikes to plumbing. Hope this helps.

  5. I subscribed to your channel about a month ago but didn't have time to sit and watch any of your videos at that time.  Today when I was looking for a tutorial on how to make bales for handmade jewelry your channel popped up with a few others and I remembered subscribing to your channel so needless to say after watching the video on making bales (then checking out some of your other sites) I'm still watching videos on many other useful and brilliant ideas.  I've got a slight problem though, I can not stop watching your videos long enough to go finish my jewelry or make new items because you are totally addicting!  🙂  Thanks so much for all of your useful information and easy to follow videos.   Oh btw, I had seen that ModPodge dimensional glue in the store and having so many other types of glues I passed it by, now wishing I would have purchased it because it works beautifully for this I really love the domed effect that it creates.  

  6. Thank you so much for this tips I was looking for that long time because I am struggling with it. I will do better with that. 🙂

  7. I love it!!! Looks pretty easy and turns out beautiful!!! So unique. I did subscribe to your channel. Looking forward to your next video. Have a great day.

  8. What a great looking pendant! Thank you so much for sharing. I like that they have weight to them and don't take hours and hours to make.

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