How to Make Washer Jewelry in 3 Easy Steps

How to make washer jewelryAre you creative? Are you thrifty? Of course, you are. You’re an artist for goodness sake.

Ready to take a trip to the hardware store to make a resin pendant?

Good. I’m going to show you how to use a metal washer to make resin jewelry.

And if you’re a resin beginner, you’re going to love this project.

Resin Supplies list

Alcohol color tints for resin
Metal washers
Cotton balls, gauze pads or cotton swabs
Resin Obsession crystal doming resin
Mixing cups
Stirring sticks
Safety gloves

💡 A couple of pro tips before you get started:

I’m using washers that are 1 3/8 inches outer diameter and 5/8 inches inner diameter. Pick the size you like the best, but keep in mind that you don’t want something that’s too heavy to wear.

The alcohol ink brand you use for this washer jewelry project is important. Some alcohol inks change colors or disappear when touching resin. The ICE resin tints are all that I use (and sell).

Step 1:  Decorate the washer

alcohol ink on a cotton ball

Apply one drop of alcohol ink to a cotton ball. A little goes a long way.

applying alcohol ink to a metal washer

Then, dab the ink onto the metal. Start with lighter colors of yellow and green, then use darker shades of teal, red and purple.

Allow the ink on the washer to dry for several hours.

Step 2:  Glaze the washer

applying resin to an alcohol ink pendant

Mix Resin Obsession crystal doming resin. This resin is perfect for this project because it levels without you having to do any extra work. Plus, the finish is extra shiny.

Place a few drops at a time to the washer. Then spread the jewelry resin over the washer with your stirring stick. Add more resin, a few drops at a time, until you have a beautiful dome.

Then, cover your pendant while the resin cures.

Step 3:  Hang on a necklace

finished resin washer pendant

Woo hoo! Your washer is now ready to wear as jewelry. How easy was that?

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12 thoughts on “How to Make Washer Jewelry in 3 Easy Steps

  1. I love this idea, I think I will have to give it a try. I have those washers I used for another project, will try the inks on them.. ewwhh so excitted…

  2. @R, You need to be sure you’re using a doming resin. Otherwise, there won’t be enough surface tension to keep it on top of the surface.

  3. I had a large batch of washers that were covered in alcohol inks ant then cured with a uv resin. Lisa Pavelka’s brand to be specific. I was amazed to find that most, but not all had smeared under the resin. The inks have literally re-liquified and can be squished around under the resin. I actually contacted her on a Facebook and she says it’s a known issue on but couldn’t offer a solution. I do tend to use a lot of purple so I need to look at the problem ones to see if that is the common thread with the bad ones. I’ve been experimenting with other resins to see if there are similar issues with them too. It looks like there might be. I ‘ve tried an acrylic sealer but it still happens. Any ideas?

    1. Resin is very alkaloid.
      Many chemicals which are used to manufator color do not fare well in a high alkaloid environment.
      In Katherine’s case, the chemicals used by the manufactures of the purple color base that the alcohol ink manufacturer uses reacts in the alkaloid resin.
      One manufacturers (purple) color may react where another manufacturers won’t.
      Another issue you may run into is color morphing. The original color may start out, let’s say yellow but once introduced into a high alkaloid environment (adding the resin to it) it will morph into another color (like orange)
      I hope this helps to explain what may be happening with your colors.

  4. @MJ, certain colors of alcohol inks aren’t compatible with this process. I have learned that from the alcohol ink manufacturer.

  5. If you could tell me how you might go about seeling the edges and doming the other side of the washer as well I would appreciate it. I’m doing this with UV resin right now and can get a nice dome but, sometimes I get drips on the back. I think I just need a thicker resin, could you suggest a good UV resin for this?

    1. Hi Paul, I’m afraid I don’t have good UV resin I can recommend for a project like this.

  6. Just thought I would chime in here about the alcohol ink moving around & changing color under your resin. After letting the ink dry for a couple of days I use Kamar Varnish. You will need several light coats, letting it dry between coats. Then I use a couple coats of U V spray. Then you can use resin without the inks regenerating & moving. I hope that helps.

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