I found these old washers in the shed during a clear out the other day. I have no idea what they should be holding together, but I decided whatever it was hadn’t fallen apart yet so they could be put to better use.
I sprayed them with WD40 to clean off any grime or rust and then gave them a good wash.
I painted each washer in nail varnish on both sides. Depending on the varnish you use you may have to do a couple of coats.
I recently bought a bottle of Glossy Accents on a whim and was really excited to have an opportunity to use it. Glossy Accents is a ‘clear dimensional medium’ which basically means it makes things a little bit 3d and shiny.
Once the nail varnish had dried I applied a coat of Glossy Accents on one side of the washer. It is starts cloudy and slowly begins to clear as it dries. It can take a couple of hours to dry properly.
This is what they looked like once they had dried. Super shiny!
In order to explain how to make the braided bracelet I am using three different colour threads to try and make it clearer.
Tie approximately 60cm of cotton thread onto the washer.
Take a second piece of Cotton thread again approx 60cm and tie it tightly onto the first piece of thread using a single knot (the one used when starting off a bow).
Take the right hand thread and make a letter P.
Take thread 1 and go over the top of thread 2. Then under under the two grey threads (3) and then over the top of the loop (4) and under thread 5.
Pull tight to form a knot.
Repeat, starting the loop on the other side this time (so you make a number 9 rather than a letter P). Once you have done this twenty times in total (10 on each side alternatively), use an embroidery needle to thread the loose cotton, and then trim the excess.
Repeat on the other side.
Take the grey threads on one side and lay them on top of the grey threads on the other side.
Take a new piece of cotton (approx 30cm) (in this picture it is the pink one) and tie a single knot around all four of the grey threads
Braid the pink cotton in the same way as you did the turquoise cotton.
Using an embroidery needle thread the pink cotton through the braid, then missing the first loop thread it back through. Do this for both excess strands. It is important to do each one twice or it will unravel.
Tie a knot at the end of the grey strands. (2 knots in total)
I am really pleased to announce the winner of my Stickerscape giveaway was Kibbler86. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who entered for supporting me.