Tuesday, September 6, 2011

DIY Tuesday: Anni Albers-Inspired Washer Necklace

We stumbled upon this great DIY necklace tutorial last week and wanted to share! The inspiration necklace was created in the 1940s by Anni Albers, a famous textile designer. It's so simple, but the use of an everyday material to create it makes it even more beautiful.

With a trip to the hardware store and a little ribbon, you can make your very own Anni Albers-inspired necklace.

Materials needed:
-At least 20 washers (we used both 3/8" and 1/4" sizes and they both worked great)
-Martha Stewart "Antique Silver" acrylic glitter paint
-Matte Mod Podge
-Paint Brush
-1.5 to 2 yards of ribbon (satin or grosgrain both work)- for 3/8" washers we used 5/8" ribbon and for 1/4" washers we used 1/4" ribbon

Step 1: To take the bling level up a notch, we first painted the washers with Martha Stewart "Antique Silver" glitter acrylic paint. You can certainly skip this step, but we love the vintage glass glitter look it gives them. It takes about 3 or 4 coats, and be sure to allow them to dry before adding a new coat or the glitter gets brushed away with the new coat. After the final coat of glitter is dry, just seal it with a coat of matte Mod Podge.

Step 2: To "weave" the necklace, just follow the steps in this tutorial. They explain it very well, pictures included.

Here's what our completed necklaces looked like. They're a great way to dress up a t-shirt and jeans, and the 1/4" washer necklace also makes for a beautiful Greecian-inspired headband tied around your head!

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