Flat Washer Stamped Glass Charms

Up until about 3 weeks ago I did not know anything about Steal Stamps and the endless crafting possibilities.  3 weeks ago I received a phone call from my daughter who was attending a lunch meeting to plan an upcoming bridal shower for her future sister-in-law.  The group wanted to give party favor keepsakes to their guests as a Thank You gift.  Their idea was originally to etch the bride and grooms’ initials into wine glasses.  There were several logistic problems with this idea.  Then the subject of wine glass charms came up.  Ashley (my daughter) wanted something she could possibly turn into a key-chain later.  I asked them to let me research the idea and I would get back to them.  Don’t ask me how I found it, or what I typed in the search bar to come up with this gem of an idea, but they were definitely a party favorite.
 These were the images that inspired me.  If you scroll down to the bottom of the post I provide links to their sites that include DIY instructions.
INGREDIENTS:

  • Flat Washers:  They vary in size.  At most hardware stores you can buy them individually to practice with the different sizes.  Once I new what size I wanted I found it cheaper to buy them in a pack of 50.
  • Steal Stamps:  $9.99 at Harbor Freight
  • Anvil:  $18.99 at Harbor Freight  I did not have this at first and was not happy with the results.  I was using the cement and it marked up the back and eventually tore up my first set of steal stamps.
  •  Chrome polish (optional)
  • Black shoe polish
  • Sealer:  Any spray varnish or varathane will do.  I chose to seal the charms because I used the shoe polish instead of a marker and wanted to make sure they had a good top coat.
  • Variety of charms and beads already made.  I found mine at Michaels and Walmart.
EXPERIMENT:  There is definitely a skill to hammering and using the steal stamps!
LABEL:  After a few miss-stampmistakes I finally got smart and found a way that works for me by marking the stamps and labeling them so I knew what tool I was working with and what way I should hold it.
POLISH: After I was done stamping I used the chrome polish to clean them up.  I found it easiest to apply it with my finger and then rubbed it off with a dry cloth.  Then I worked the black shoe polish into the stamped area with the tip of a skewer.  I liked that it gave a more even and darker appearance.  I worked the excess polish off with a dry cloth as well.  The shoe polish also buffed the washer up a bit more.
Sealer:  I am in love with VarathaneSemi-Gloss Waterborne Diamond Floor Finish.  (I used it on a floor project and now I apply it to everything.)

Instructional Links: 
http://www.the36thavenue.com/2011/07/believe.html
http://www.thehollierogue.com/2011/10/10/washer-stamped-necklace-tutorial/
http://northshoredays.blogspot.com/2011/12/washer-pendant-necklaces.html

NUTRITIONAL VALUE:  I
give this project 4 out of 5 dragonflies.  It is definitely a project that takes some practice.  There is also the initial cost of tools if you do not already have them.  However that being said, the pros far out weight the cons.  The finish product added a very special touch to a special event for a special lady.  It was worth every penny and everyone at the party loved the glass charms, they were thrilled to take one home!

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