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Don't Buy DIY: Anni Albers Washer Ribbon Necklace
I fell in love with this washer necklace, originally by artist Anni Albers. They sell the DIY necklace kit on Urban Outfitters for $14.

But I'm not paying $14 for a kit! I just put together the parts - one trip to Home Depot, and one trip to Michael's later, I was set. Figuring out how the ribbon was woven through took a few false starts, but here is the DIY anyway, just in case anyone's interested:

*I know it looks from the "materials needed" like we just bought a whole bunch of 1/2" washers, but for some reason the loose 1/2" dia washers actually ARE 1/2", whereas the loose, in the drawer "cutwashers1/2" are larger (like 7/8" if truth must be told). Not sure why. Anyway, those are what I used; choose whatever sizes you like!

Total cost of washers? $3.74.

Posted by carlyjcais from United States • Published See carlyjcais's 60 projects »
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  • How to make a washer necklace. Washer Ribbon Necklace - Step 1
    Step 1

    Thread one of the smallest washers onto your length of ribbon, about 8" or so from one end. Follow lacing instructions below, adding washers on in this order:
    (S= small washer, M=medium washer, L=large washer)

    S-S-M-M-M-M-M-M-L-L-L-L-L-L-L-M-M-M-M-M-M-S-S

  • How to make a washer necklace. Washer Ribbon Necklace - Step 2
    Step 2

    Make sure you underlap the washers as you add each new one; the new one goes underneath the previous one. And they're single-sided (a shiny side, and a matter side), so make sure you're keeping the same side out for each one as you add it on!

    Leave 6-8" on the end once you're done , and tie the end of the ribbon. You can also treat the ends with Fray-Stop, or fold them over twice and stitch a narrow hem to encase the edges (neither of which I've done in the photo cuz I'm just too lazy). I think I'll just leave the ends tied - am not sure I like the bow I made. Anyhow.

    Project Cost: $4.74.

  • How to make a washer necklace. Washer Ribbon Necklace - Step 3
    Step 3

    The necklace (though heavy) sits beautifully on the body, almost like a flat snake. Very nice, Anni Albers!

    Happy DIY'ing!

    xoxox
    Carly

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Mousey
Mousey · Parañaque City, Metro Manila, PH · 85 projects

I love this! :) Very clever n pretty :P

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carlyjcais
carlyjcais · Portland, OR, United States · 61 projects

No problem Noelia Citialin! Hope you have a great time at Burning Man (I've always wanted to go!)

Thanks for your comment!
xoxo
Carly

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Noelia Citialin
Noelia Citialin · Bakersfield, CA, , · 7 projects

I'm doing a robot freak for Burning Man this year so something like this will be perfect! thanks lady

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carlyjcais
carlyjcais · Portland, OR, United States · 61 projects

Thanks Hayley P. and Alyssa O.! What "kits" do you mean Alyssa O.? If it's out there, I'll DIY it!:-)
Thanks for your comments!
xoxox
Carly

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Alyssa O.
Alyssa O. · Alyssa Land, , Canada · 14 projects

SO awesome. I was taking a look at all the kits online and was like "HELL NOES am I paying this much for simple parts and some instructions!" You totally just made my day. Want to do a DIY for all the kits pretty please? Either way, thank you :-P

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Haylowbabe
Haylowbabe · Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, GB · 4 projects

Its funky!!!! :P

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Haylowbabe
Haylowbabe · Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, GB · 4 projects

Its funky!!!! :P

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