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Steampunk Washer Necklaces with German Scrap

Happy Friday!! Today I am sharing several of my FAVORITE things with you : Washers, Steampunk and German Scrap!!! If you follow my personal blog, you will already know that I adore all things circle! Washers, being circular, almost send out a beacon attracting me to them. I started playing with washers several years ago, constructing all sorts of decorative elements with them including ornaments, bracelets and necklaces. 

When I saw this New Steampunk Machines Collage sheet at Altered Pages I knew that would make terrific necklaces.

The Process
  1. I began by gluing text paper from loose book pages to the backs of my washers with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer. Once this side dried, I trimmed out the washers and sanded the edges with emery boards and a small file. 
  2. I then trimmed out the images closely from the collage sheet that I wanted to use to make sure they were wide enough for the bigger washers because those would be glued on so that the image is on top. I applied Crystal Lacquer to the top of the washer and pressed the images down. Once they were dry, I trimmed them out, and filed the edges as described above.
  3. I applied Walnut Paris Trunk ink to both sides of the washer using my finger to get around the hole to "hide" the white.
  4. I attached pieces of German Scrap to the edges with Crystal Lacquer--this exquisite intricate cut scrap is a perfect accent to steampunk items.
  5. Crystal Lacquer was then pooled onto the top of the washer--making sure it did not run over. You could work on a piece of wax paper or a resistant mat if you were afraid of gluing your washer to your work surface. In about an hour, drying by a fan, the washers were able to be handled. I let them dry completely before attaching the ribbons. 
  6. For this project I choose a coffee colored sheer organdy and a ribbon yarn in autumn colors to match the colors of the steampunk machines! has tons of collage sheets and embellishments to enhance your steampunk project! I hope you enjoyed my washer necklaces as much as I enjoyed making them! Thank you for stopping by!


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