Monday, September 21, 2009

YW Washers

I love finding a good "How To" when I want to learn how to do something new. I like all the goods...words, pictures and videos. Well I don't have a video for you today because I don't feel like being in it but I do have some words and pictures for you! What project are we going to learn the How to's of? Today it's my YW value washers. Really this is called we have a ton of YW and we don't have the budget to go out and buy the jewelry so I used washers! I think it's totally fab!

OK! Let's start with the materials you will need to complete this project. You will need a steel stamping set. This one is from Harbor Freight ( There are many places online that sell these sets.

You are going to need washers. I got this from my oh so kind father-in-law. If you don't have one of those head on down to Home Depot.

Finally a nice heavy hammer and a hard surface where your hammering can take place. I do mine on the garage floor. Don't do it on your table...Your asking for trouble (I only know because I tried!).

The rest seems pretty obvious. You pick out the letters you need and hammer the stamp into the washer. Some tips...Pound your hammer down one to two times. Sometimes if you aren't holding the stamp firmly it jumps and you end up with a messed up letter. Also be aware that the washers are thicker than the jewelry pieces so you will have to do it harder than you would on a thin piece of jewelry metal.

When you are done it will look something like this...

Next step is to take a sharpie (love them) and color in your stamped washer.

It will look something like this.... I know a BIG MESS!!

Immediately after you color the washer you take a baby wipe and rub off the top mess.

That's it! Your done!

Remember when I said I don't have a video for you well I just remembered a good one I found 0n youtube! Here are some videos and a website that were very helpful to me...
Stamp away!


  1. I love it. Thanks for sharing! i have 20 girls and not enough budget to give them jewelry, but this totally helps.

  2. Great ideas! We tried this last year for didn't turn out liked I had hoped. But I would like to do this again with the word courage!

  3. Thank you! I'm ordering my stamp set now!

  4. Thanks! I am ordering my stamp set now. This is something I can do now!!


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