Wednesday, June 02, 2010

CSI Project - Hardware Challenge

Last November I had a hankering for crafts. It was the holidays and my mind and hands were busy, busy, busy. In the midst of all the Christmasy stuff I made an earring-hanging-display-storage-thingy. I had a frame, a baking rack and some really stinky adhesive. After 3-4 days of not drying and thinking I'm going to give my family brain cancer, I washed of the adhesive. It just wasn't doing the job. So instead I pounded in nails and bent them over the rack. I have a lot of dangly earrings and storing them in my jeweler box - well, they didn't display well. I really like this. Even Dave was impressed.

My other hardware entry was the rage over the 2009 holidays - washer necklaces. Several crafting blogs were posting the how-to's and there were even videos on youtube so I couldn't tell you where I found the idea or which blog I followed. Just consider it a conglomeration. So here's what you do: Go to the hardware store and buy yourself some big washers. I decided to make a bunch of these puppies and give them as Christmas gifts to the younger women in my life so I choose a variety of washer sizes. Next find some decorative paper and modge podge it on. I did both sides of the washer with complementary paper. Now make sure the paper is completely dry and them trim the paper back OR you can fit the paper to the washer prior to modge-podging. Either way works. Next you need to find this jeweler's glaze. They don't sell it at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. I had to buy mine of ebay. Just squirt the stuff on and let it set. Lastly you need to hang the washer some how. I used two styles, 1/4 inch ribbon and leather thong. A bead on the leather thong has a nice touch.

Now go over to to see other cool hardware project ideas.
I know I was inspired!


BLJ Graves Studio said...

Great project. :-)

Jane said...

The bakers rack was a stroke of genius! So many places to hook on.

RE: Citra-Solv- I think I washed something with a transfer once. It faded a bit, but stayed on. I would say it's best for handwashed things or things that rarely get washed. I love it for embroidery transfer. It is not the same as goo gone- I tried. You can get it on Amazon or at Whole Foods-but call first they tend to sell out. I think you can also get it at the Citra-Solv website. One bottle has lasted me since Oct. and we use it for cleaning all the time too. A little goes a long way. Feel free to ask any more questions!

Jen @ said...

Great projects! That jewelry display is so pretty. I love the color of the outside.

Thanks so much for linking up to The CSI Project's hardware Store Challenge! We hope you will come back next week for the Martha Stewart-inspired challenge -- The MS Craft Department are our guest judges!!!