Sunday, February 24, 2013

How to make a washer necklace with sugar beads

Hi everyone, it's Geli with a cool gift idea using the new and awesome sugar beads!

My school has a mother's day stall every year and we always try and make pretty gifts from thin air. Basically, it should cost next to nothing, look awesome, appeal to kids and be liked by mums. This year I am making washer necklaces!


You will need:
♥ metal washers from the hardware store (mine are 35mm in diameter, which were the biggest ones)
♥ spray paint (optional)
♥ sugar beads in the colour of your choice
♥ Glossy Accents or similar

First, spray paint the washer in a colour that matches. I only have black or white, so white it was.
Cover the top of the washer with a coat of Glossy Accents and sprinkle sugar beads all over. Shake off any that don't stick or those that sit on the sides. We just want them on top.

Let that dry a little and then add a thick coat of Glossy Accents on top. I did several coats to give it a nice glossy and smooth surface.
Add a 90cm long cord and you are done!



If you prefer, you can glue some leftover paper onto the washer instead. In this case, you can skip the spray painting, but you have to sand the edges before adding the gloss. I did one coat of gloss, then a line of gloss to attach the sugar beads and finished the whole thing off with some more gloss. I quite like it that way too:


While I had the spray paint out, I started a little experimenting. I sprayed a filigree black...


... and glued some Strawberry Shortcake Sugar Beads on the back of a glass cabochon

Another coat of Glossy Accents to secure them, let it dry and hot glue the glass to the filigree. Voila! 



I'm going to play with a few more colours for Mother's Day. I think this one is a winner. And true to the plan, it cost very little per necklace.


  1. They are totally AWESOME Geli.

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