Vintage Plumbing Hardware Necklace
Project by Tamara Schafhauser, Woodbury, Minn.
Tamara is a busy mother of two who designs funky jewelry. Inspired by her father-in-law’s treasure trove of old vintage plumbing hardware, Tamara began to create one-of-a-kind pendant necklaces and bracelets out of washers and pipe fittings. The look is fresh, unique, and clever--much like Tamara’s personality.
Materials and Tools:
Dremel to drill holes
jewelry finding and stone for center
pink pearl beads
pink glass beads
about 16" stringing wire
sticker for pattern
1. Apply the sticker to the washer and put in the etching solution for an hour. Rinse and clean the washer.
Note: Follow label directions for etching solution technique and safety.
2. Drill a hole in the top and bottom of the washer.
3. Apply jewelry finding and stone to center with jewelry adhesive.
4. Bead several beads onto head pin and create a drop for the bottom hole.
5. Attach a jump ring on top and bottom holes. Attach a head pin to the bottom.
6. Place crimp on the end of a 16" wire.
7. String pearls and beads in a pattern at the center slide on pendant. Continue beading the rest of the piece.
8. End with final crimp and attach clasp.