Friday, December 4, 2009

This to That

There was a challenge on Splitcoast this week using metal washers.  I had seen this idea before and knew that I had purchased some washers, but for the life of me, I don't know where I put them.  So I asked HWNSNBP to pick me up some at Home Depot and this is part of what he came home with.



Here they are covered with some dsp.  On the pink and green ones I used a very fine paint brush and the gold shimmer paint to paint certain parts of the design and make them more fulgent (see Kelly's WOW - Word of the Week Challenge).  Well, they're not dazzlingly bright, but they do have some sparkle.  Then I either gave them a coat of Crystal Effects, or embossed with 5 layers of clear EP ...




And here they are strung on faux leather cording.




I'm so glad I found that challenge because now I have some presents done and some more in the works. 

I learned one thing while doing these.  In the first two pictures you see a washer with a very small hole.  Well, that's not a problem.  The problem was that that was one of the ones that I used the embossing powder on and it was a lot thinner than the other washers.  I found that it took a while for the embossing powder to melt because the metal had to heat up.  What I forgot was that those particular washers were a lot thinner and really didn't need as long under the heat gun and the paper got scorched.  I'll probably try peeling the paper off the washer and trying again with that one. 

I'd love to hear what you think about this project. 

9 comments:

  1. I like the brown one especially - love the way you centred it on the washer. I was wondering about UTEE - never thought of the successive coats and the hot metal being too much for the paper. And I use a DIY heat-gun which goes a bit hotter anyway. So thanks for the heads-up - if I try again, I'll stick with the Glossy Accents.
    p.s. I liked the pale blue one too. Went to a craft fair the other day and couldn't believe the amount of jewellery!

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  2. I think they are cool looking. So amazing I might even try it. Thanks

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  3. Love those pendants, beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I may try some for Christmas.

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  4. GORGEOUS!! Great job Lorraine

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  5. Lorraine, I love these. Did you cover both sides?

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  6. Dorrie, I didn't do both sides. I glued the paper onto the rough side of the washer so the smoother side would be against the body. You could do both sides and have two patterns I bet. Might have to give that a try. Or I've heard that they've been adding felt or just a coat of Crystal Effects over it to make sure it's smooth.

    Hope that helps.

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  7. Ooooo, you've been busy!! These are great Lorraine! You always find such cool projects - gotta see if hubby has some washers :)

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  8. Judy Calderbank12/17/09, 2:50 PM

    Lorraine - just love these - found you buy doing a search on google....

    Great explanation of how you did them - very rich looking

    Now off to check out your blog

    Judy

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  9. Judy Calderbank12/17/09, 2:53 PM

    Lorraine - these are great - very rich looking -

    I've starting making some for presents and found your blog using google.

    Great explanation of the different ways to make them

    Now off to check out your blog

    Judy

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