Stamped washer necklaces are a huge trend! I love the IDEA of stamped washer jewelry, but metal stamping is harder than it looks. I have tried stamping and it didn’t go as well as I had hoped. My solution? Fake it! Faux metal stamped washers give you the look without all the hammering!
My brother and his wife just had their first baby and I am one proud auntie! With a first Mother’s Day right around the corner for my sister-in-law Lizzy, I knew I had to make her something special. This faux stamped necklace was so very easy, and I love the way it turned out! I can’t wait to send it to her!
I was wandering the aisles of our local hardware store looking at all the different sizes and colors of washers. I came across some nice, heavy, chrome washers and knew this project was in my future. I grabbed a handful of various sizes and colors and headed straight home!
The first thing I did was pull out my ruler and measure my washers. You’ll want to pay attention to the overall size of the washer and the “surface area” that you can “stamp” on. I had one 1″ washer with 1/4 inch surface and one 3/4 inch washer with a almost 1/4 inch surface:
Open up your Silhouette Studio software and draw a circle. Use the scale window to adjust the size of your circle to be the exact size of your washer (Where is the scale window and what does it do? Check out this Silhouette welding tutorial for a refresher). Create a second circle and center it inside your larger circle, mirroring your washers.
I typed out “Travis Lizzy” in the Stamp Font:
To wrap you text around the circle, grab the little cross hairs circle in the bottom left corner of the text box. Drag the text box to your washer circle. It might jump from the outside of one circle to the inside of the next circle, just keep moving it around until it goes to the place you’re looking for.
I spaced my letters out so they wrapped around the circle more and left a little space in between for the heart. I repeated this process for the smaller washer with my nephews name and birth date.
Next send the images to your machine and cut them out using your preset vinyl settings. I used Premium Silhouette Vinyl for this project. I was amazed at how these itty bitty letters cut out so perfectly!
I was worried that weeding this project would be a pain, but it basically weeded itself! Look how it poked out the middle of all the letters for me, ha!
To finish weeding, I just folded the edge of the vinyl over on itself and drug it backwards. The design stayed put and the excess vinyl came right off. This really was easier than I had planned!
Now that I had all three pieces ready to go, I grabbed a little square of transfer paper and smoothed it over the first piece.