This week’s peek looks at a very popular trend in jewelry right now: alcohol ink washer necklaces. Those of you who have seen my Pinterest board already know my obsession with dichroic glass jewelry. This is similar, and was worth trying to make a few to add to my pendant collection. You’ll first need to purchase a couple of large 25-cent metal washers at Home Depot or your local hardware store. I noticed that they came stamped with three letters embedded in the metal…ugg! Some seem to like this effect on their necklaces, (as Pinterest showed several examples) but I for one, don’t! I’ll reveal my solution to that shortly.
Next you’ll need a stamper (mine’s from Ranger) and assorted alcohol ink colors (Adirondack was used here.) Please note: for the refill stamper pads, you can either buy a $5.00 pack at the craft store or do what I did: sheets of white felt run 29 cents and can be cut to make 40-50 of your own refill pads…quite the economical alternative! Simply squeeze several dots of different ink colors onto the stamper pad; and with a pouncing motion, rotate around the surface of the washer until you get the effect you want. Let dry a few minutes and then repeat on the other side. The good new is alcohol ink dries quickly; and if you make a mistake with color selection, just wipe off the washer with a cotton ball saturated with rubbing alcohol.
There are any number of ways to finish these necklaces. To hide the letters stamped into the metal, I incorporated silver wire on both. The blue and green one I simply turned over before adding the wire, and the other one was strategically wrapped to cover up the letters. I’ll be able to wear these by slipping them on a silver chain. I would have tried black leather cording on one of them, but am currently out of stock! A very unique and inexpensive piece of jewelry in which no two are ever alike.