Well, today is my last full day in Tarboro, NC. My husband and I will be leaving to go back to Charleston, SC tomorrow morning. But we had to bring you one more project before I left. Today we made washer pendant necklaces.
Yes ladies – run out and raid your husband’s tool box right now. We actually went and purchased these washers yesterday. They are called Fender Washers and are 1-1/4″ in diameter, which was super convenient because we were able to use the 1-1/4″ circle punch to punch out our designer series paper. We then used a standard hole punch (1/4″) to punch out the hole in the center.
We used E6000 glue to adhere the designer paper to the washer. Then we took the sanding block and went over the edges just to ensure there was no overhang. Sponged the edges with coordinating ink and added some pearls and rhinestones for additional bling. On the red ones, we even stamped the En Francais stamp using VersaMark and Iridescent Ice embossing powder.
There are 2 ways to finish these off. You can coat the top with a thick layer of Crystal Effects and let them sit for a day or so. The way we did it, however, is to emboss it multiple times using Glassy Glaze enamel. This is much quicker since you don’t have to wait for it to dry.
We have some trials and tribulations we can fill you in on. First, we had the bright idea of finishing both sides differently. Then all you’d have to do is flip your pendant over for a different look. This may have worked fine with the Crystal Effects if you did one side, let it dry completely and then did the other side. However, with heat embossing, you end up messing up your completed side trying to work on the other side. We tried laying it on numerous things to heat it up. A pencil works the best, but you have to remove the pencil from the center before the embossing powder cools or it will be stuck there as well.
We tried laying the completed side on wax paper and heating the other side – the wax paper stuck. If you’ll notice on the black/silver one, there is are a few uneven spots around the edges. This is a buildup of embossing powder where the heat gun “pushed” the liquid embossing powder over the edge. This was the one that got stuck to several things and we had to dig pieces of wax paper, paper towel, etc. out of it and reheat. On these close up shots, you can see it, but once you’re wearing it, it’s really not noticeable at all.
We’re definitely going to be making more of these, however, this is all we had time for today.
I hope you enjoyed my visit with Brenda as much as I have. It was a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season.
CS partner and DTM for Brenda Cook
Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator
Stamps: En Francais (#109521)
Paper: Thoroughly Modern, Christmas Cocoa, Night & Day designer series paper
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red, Soft Suede, VersaMark
Accessories: Iridescent Ice and Glassy Glaze Enamel Embossing Powder, Half Pearls and Rhinestones (Kaisercraft), E6000 Glue, Fender Washers (hardware store), Necklace kit (Darice)