These days it's difficult to find beautiful but inexpensive jewellery that suits you, but there is an alternative - making your own. There is something very satisfying about making your own jewellery, and it's often easier than you think.
Look around your house for inspiration - you may find something that catches your eye, you don't necessarily need traditional jewellery making supplies.
I found these wooden washers many years ago and had always intended to make some necklaces out of them using Designer Series Paper and some beads. I've finally got around to it and you can find out how to do it below.
Watch the video and follow the steps below to make your beautiful Stampin' Up! pendant necklace.
How to make your necklace
1. Find a wooden washer - mine measures 4cm diameter across the middle
2. Select the Designer Series Paper you'd like to use for your necklace - I used Eastern Palace Specialty Paper from Stampin' Up!
3. Use the 1-3/8" Circle Punch to cut out a disc of paper. Use the smaller 1/2" Circle Punch to cut a hole out of the middle of your disc. You may need to use the wooden washer to work out where you need to punch - use a pencil to mark this out. See the video below.
4. Stick your paper disc to your wooden washer using some Snail Adhesive.
5. Cover your washer in a clear drying glue. Use our Fine Tip Glue Pen in a neat layer, you can use our retired Crystal Effects if you have some in the cupboard. Leave overnight (at the very least!) to harden and dry.
6. String your pendant together using Ribbon & Trim, some Hemp cord, or whatever you have in the cupboard. Add a bead if desired.
You can use any patterned paper but I opted for the Eastern Palace Specialty DSP because of the perfect little mandalas.
View the Tutorial Video here
It's that easy. I really recommend leaving your washer for at least 24 hours to dry, without any touching, to ensure a perfect finish. I didn't get time to put glue on the back of the washer but if you can spare another 24 hours to do this the finished article will be perfect.
I was so happy with the finished result that I decided to wear my necklace out today...
You could make these in every colour to suit every item in your wardrobe - the only limit here is your imagination! You could also invest in some really gorgeous Ribbon or Trim to thread your necklace with; I opted for a basic bit of Hemp as I didn't have much time and the hole in my beads was quite small, but you could go really fancy.
If you make a pendant please be sure to send me a picture of the finished article and you wearing it - I'd love to see your creations!
Back soon with more projects,