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Faux Stamped Washer Necklace Tutorial & How to Curve Text in Silhouette Cameo Studio Software

Stamped washer necklaces are a huge trend!  I love the IDEA of stamped washer jewelry, but metal stamping is harder than it looks.  I have tried stamping and it didn't go as well as I had hoped.  My solution?  Fake it!  Faux metal stamped washers give you the look without all the hammering!

Have the look of a stamped washer necklace without all the hammering.  Perfect for Mother's Day, Graduation, Valentines Day, Birthday, Christmas and more!

My brother and his wife just had their first baby and I am one proud auntie!  With a first Mother's Day right around the corner for my sister-in-law Lizzy, I knew I had to make her something special.  This faux stamped necklace was so very easy, and I love the way it turned out!  I can't wait to send it to her!

I was wandering the aisles of our local hardware store looking at all the different sizes and colors of washers.  I came across some nice, heavy, chrome washers and knew this project was in my future.  I grabbed a handful of various sizes and colors and headed straight home!

The first thing I did was pull out my ruler and measure my washers.  You'll want to pay attention to the overall size of the washer and the "surface area" that you can "stamp" on.   I had one 1" washer with 1/4 inch surface and one 3/4 inch washer with a almost 1/4 inch surface:

Measuring washers for sizing.

Open up your Silhouette Studio software and draw a circle.  Use the scale window to adjust the size of your circle to be the exact size of your washer (Where is the scale window and what does it do?  Check out this Silhouette welding tutorial for a refresher).  Create a second circle and center it inside your larger circle, mirroring your washers.

Next I downloaded the font called "Stamp" from dafont.com.  (Need to know how to import a font into your library?  See our Silhouette Questions Answered Post for more information.)

I typed out "Travis  Lizzy" in the Stamp Font:

Type out text.

To wrap you text around the circle, grab the little cross hairs circle in the bottom left corner of the text box.  Drag the text box to your washer circle.  It might jump from the outside of one circle to the inside of the next circle, just keep moving it around until it goes to the place you're looking for.

How to curve text in Silhouette Studio Software
 Your letters are probably going to look like a jumbled mess at this point.  Adjust the size of your font using the Text Size box and also move your character spacing out a little so your letters aren't so crowded.
Adjust text to fit.

I spaced my letters out so they wrapped around the circle more and left a little space in between for the heart.   I repeated this process for the smaller washer with my nephews name and birth date.

Next send the images to your machine and cut them out using your preset vinyl settings.  I used Premium Silhouette Vinyl for this project.  I was amazed at how these itty bitty letters cut out so perfectly!

Cut the small text out with your Silhouette Cameo.

I was worried that weeding this project would be a pain, but it basically weeded itself!  Look how it poked out the middle of all the letters for me, ha!

Carefully weed the text.

To finish weeding, I just folded the edge of the vinyl over on itself and drug it backwards.  The design stayed put and the excess vinyl came right off.  This really was easier than I had planned!

All 3 pieces weeded and ready.

Now that I had all three pieces ready to go, I grabbed a little square of transfer paper and smoothed it over the first piece.

How to curve text with Silhouette studio software and how to transfer vinyl.
Give a good rub over the entire design using your bone folder to get the vinyl to stick to your transfer paper.  Next, take your vinyl+transfer paper and place it on your washer, being careful to line up your text with the edge of your washer before pressing it to the washers surface.
Press onto washer
Press your vinyl to your washer and firmly rub it down.  Carefully remove the transfer paper.  I placed the heart using a sewing needle for precision and repeated these steps with the smaller washer.
Faux stamped washer final pieces
Once all my vinyl was on my washers, I heated the designs with my embossing heat gun for a few seconds to make sure the vinyl was stuck on tight.  The vinyl was still able to be moved within a few hours of finishing this project, but it has been a few days and it isn't going anywhere now.
To finish this necklace, stack the washers and feed a chain through the center of the washers and use a larks head knot, just like we used in the Dream Catcher Tutorial!
Use vinyl instead of stamping and make a custom necklace in no time!
Didn't this turn out lovely?  This necklace will be perfect for Lizzy on her first Mother's Day, but wouldn't it also make an awesome birthday gift, Christmas present or thank you gift?  The possibilities really are endless!
So as to not leave you all hanging, and what kind of proud auntie would I be without showing off the little guy?  Check out this adorable baby!  I could eat him up, I love him so! <name that movie quote!>

What words or sayings will you put on your washer necklace?

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13 thoughts on “Faux Stamped Washer Necklace Tutorial & How to Curve Text in Silhouette Cameo Studio Software”

  • Stephanie

    Hi, you mentioned you used the heat embossing gun. Does it help to keep vinyl on ceramic mugs as well? Does it really make the vinyl stick better? I typically use Oracal 615 vinyl.

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    • Kala

      I almost always use my embossing gun when I finish off anything with vinyl. I am sure it is not vital, but I always feel like it sticks better when you heat it up a little. If you're using 651 you should be fine without heating it.

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  • Patricia Vickers

    I tried cutting a somewhat thin font. I slowed the speed down, but it tore the letters. Should I increase the speed? I have a cameo.

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    • Kala

      Thin font is going to give you more trouble than thicker font. I liked this font because it wasn't as delicate. I would recommend increasing your speed and making sure you have a fresh, clean blade. If you need to clean out your blade, you can check out this tutorial: http://blog.craft-e-corner.com/2014/02/silhouette-cameo-101-how-to-clean-cameo.html If that does not work, I would recommend trying a thicker font!

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  • Marci

    I love this idea. I'm having trouble cutting a design that contains small flowers using the presets on my portrait machine. The vinyl keeps tearing as well as the letters and they are as small as these letters. Did you play with the settings?

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    • Kala

      I used the preset settings for vinyl in my machine, but I know that each machine can be calibrated just a smidge different. I would try increasing your speed a little and using a fresh blade. Sometimes when you cut a little faster it works better. I think the brand of vinyl you use can be a factor too- I used the premium grade Silhouette vinyl and it worked so well, I was impressed! I hope these tips help, if you need more help, just let me know!

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  • Sonya

    AWESOME! Love the idea and keeps me from buying yet another craft supply and my money on my babies. Now to figure out how to get 5 kids on there..................

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    • Sonya

      Awesome ideas! Love the drop idea....Have a show this weekend but after recoup time and mother's day weekend, next week i will have to take a mother's day week (hahahaha). No seriously I am going to try and figure me something out....that just sounds to awesome not to try. I want one now. And honestly I gave up jewelry making when it became a job so I am looking forward to this one.

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    • Kala

      If you have 5 to fit, you could get another washer to layer up more, or you could circle the names all the way around, or you could even do a drop pendant where the washers hang down instead of being stacked on top of each other! I'd love to see what you come up with!

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  • onel

    What a great idea with the vinyl!! Very smart :)

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  • Judy

    Very nice tutorial and beautiful baby.

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  • LuAnn

    coming to you from the silhouette for beginners facebook page - fantastic idea for the faux washer necklace! it turned out fabulous and I can't wait to give this a try!!! and thanks for sharing how you did it!!

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    • Kala

      Thanks Luann! I love that group, I have learned a lot and feel like I can help answer questions a lot too! If you have any troubles getting this to work, just let me know and I'll help you trouble shoot!

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