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The Small Object
« on: May 08, 2005 01:23:45 PM »

I went to see the Josef + Anni Albers exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and it was awesome. But the item I remember being most excited about was Anni Albers' necklace made with washers and grosgrain ribbon, here it is:



I wanted one so here's how to make your very own!  You need:
- 35 to 50 3/8" washers (10 washers makes 4.5" of necklace)
- Grosgrain ribbon 1/2" wide (3/4 yard or so)

Step one: Thread ribbon up from behind washer #1. You should leave about 6" inches of ribbon on the left end to tie around your neck.



Step Two: Thread ribbon up along the side of washer #2 and back down through the middle. The end should be threaded back through the middle of washer #1. (Still with me??)



Step Three: Pull ribbon tight so washer #2 lies flat against washer #1.



Step Four: Thread ribbon back up through washer #2 so it weaves underneath washer #1.



Step Five: Repeat process. Thread ribbon up alongside edge and back down through the middle of washer #3.



Step Six: Thread end of ribbon back through the middle of washer #2.



Step Seven: Pull ribbon tight to the right so you have all three washers laying flat. Repeat above steps.



Then you're done!!



Then me wearing it!

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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2005 01:45:51 PM »

i love that necklace! you know, it would probably make a good belt too... thanks for the tutorial, i have to go find some washers now Smiley
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The Small Object
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2005 02:11:58 PM »

It's my pleasure!  And you're right actually, my sister does have a belt made with round rings with a scarf type material weaved through it.  I'm pretty sure it's the exact same weave. 
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2005 05:21:44 PM »

maybe i'am just not that bright...but where doyou get these washers from...what are they actually used for?

btw that necklace is absolutely gorgeous.
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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2005 06:01:57 PM »

very nice!  thanks for the tutorial!  i'll be making one of my own.   Grin
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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2005 06:57:38 PM »

Jas.ns I bought the washers at Lowe's.  They have them in the specialty bolts/fasteners section (in the big plactic drawers).  Really any washer will work but you don't want one too big.  Something like this is what you want, http://www.acehardwareoutlet.com/productaddonsdetails.asp?id=56737&source=froogle

They are used with nuts + bolts.  They also come in zinc (silver color) or this copper color.  I bought a pack of 20 for $2 I think.  But I'm sure you can find them cheaper, but I only needed to packs of 20--so $4 was no big ticket!

+ spillyjane, can't wait to see yours!!
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2005 07:23:25 PM »

Thanks for the tutorial, that is amazing! i love this necklace!
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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2005 11:48:39 AM »

ok, here's my necklace:


for added interest, i used washers of various sizes and in varying states of oxidization.  also, a piece of red bias tape did the trick pretty much as well as a peice of grosgrain ribbon.

here's a close up to show detail:


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« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2005 01:10:23 PM »

Oh I love it!!  The red bias tape + silver washers looks so much better than what I had.  I'm going to have to make another! 
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« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2005 01:26:21 PM »

What a great idea! I need to get myself to the hardware store.
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