Stamped Washer Setting
Stamped Washer Setting
- Lay out one washer and with a Sharpie , mark the 5 points where you will punch the holes. Keep the markings closer to the outer edge, rather than the inside. This will ensure you have enough room for your stone to sit. Once they are marked, take your hole punch pliers and punch the holes.
- Take the second washer and line it up behind the washer you just punched. Then mark the second washer where the holes fall from the first. This will make sure your holes match up. It's a good idea to make a "top mark" on both blanks so you can see which holes line up with which.
- Next stamp your washer. You can use design stamps or letter sets depending on if you want to create a pattern, write a sentiment, or stamp a name.
- Take your Sharpie and color in your stamping as a way of mock "oxidizing" the metal. This will create a great contrast between the metal and the stamping. Wait for it to dry before you polish it with a Pro Polish Pad.
- We found that best way to guarantee that your crystal keeps it brilliant finish on the back is to coat the back with some Jewelry Shield . This creates a layer of protection on the back so the colorful finish does not wear off the back and shine through to the front.
- Now the washers are ready to be assembled. The best way to "set" the stone is to work from one side to the opposite side. We found it worked best if you could have two hex bolts in place (on opposite sides) at once. So we used a little bit of masking tape to keep the one side in place while we tightened the other. Then after securing two hex bolts, we did the same with another set of opposing sides. Place two bolts in the holes, tape one in place, tighten the other and then tighten the taped one. Continue to do this until all the hex bolts are in place and secure.
- Once all the bolts are tightened and set, you can cut the excess threading off with a pair of flush cutters. To give it a more finished look and feel, take a file, and file the backs of each hex bolt.
- For a final step, take two jump rings. The first will pass in between the washers, around one of the hex bolts. This will create a top loop that is not oriented the right way for a chain to pass through and have the pendant hang correctly. To correct this, add another jump ring to the existing jump ring, and you are now ready to add a chain!
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