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Topic: Nuts, Washers, and Screws....OH MY!  (Read 1981 times)
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« on: April 28, 2009 09:04:37 PM »

So, my husband brought me home TONS of the above listed items (in various sizes) along with other metal items (I have no idea what they are) home from work because they were just going to throw it away and he thought of me, oh how sweet!  :p  Anyway, I'm going to use some of the washers to make stitch markers (I knit often) but I don't really know what to do with the rest if it....especially the screws...they are flat on the end, not pointy....my husband suggested making some sort of robot man or something...but I don't know...I would love to hear some suggestions!  I can take some images later if that would help the creative juices flow better!  Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2009 12:08:38 AM »

I don't know what a stitch marker is...I don't knit, but I have seen some super cute earrings made out of washers, along with bracelets to match!  I don't really think the screws would be very appropriate for jewelry...hazardously pointy, but I could definitely see incorporating it into some artwork. 
Google washer earrings and look at all the images.  Maybe that can help you get started.  Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2009 07:59:16 AM »

Somewhere on Craftster, there are chess pieces made from nuts, bolts and washers.  If you do a search, you could find it.  Anyway, it might inspire you.

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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2009 05:22:46 PM »

i love working with metal!!
here's what i did for the 'guys' in the family--LOL!!  it really sounds so beautiful, you never imagine it's made with scrap washers, nuts, drill bits etc---hung on purchased (like 90 cents at lowe's) 'spikes'

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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2009 06:24:31 PM »

I recently needed to make some banners, and had no large grommets for thr corners... So, I got this idea... I got out my tool box and found all the large washers, at least with a 1/4 hole or bigger. on the back of the banner, I marked the position, and punched a hole with the regular hole punch. Then I hot-glued the washer over the hole. Next, Icut a triangle,(Or square) piece of fabric, and hot glued it, having punched a hole to match, with the edges lined up. After sewing the edges in place, using a narrow foot on the machine... to get close to the washer, I then sewed around the washer, giving the piece not only strength, but a finished look. This banner was then finished with lengths of contrasting red fabric sewn on as a binding. The fabric used was a heavy weight banner vynyl. If you want to single or double roll the edges instead of a binding, fold the washer into the corners, and mark the centers thru all layers. You can then modify the process for this type of edge.This was a very satisfying project. I hope this idea helps someone!

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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2009 10:50:06 AM »

It's Me again.. I just got an idea for you, but it's a little kinky... Make anatomically correct finger-puppets out of the screws and nuts. Somehow this just came to me late the other night!!!

« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2009 11:00:43 AM »

You know, I've seen a ton of those dogs & cats for the yard that are made out of scrap metal & things like old bolts & nuts.  In fact, I've been trying to talk DH into making me one.  Smiley  And they're insanely expensive to buy, which is crazy, because it's just a bunch of rusty old metal.

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« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2009 07:51:58 PM »

Depending on your decor, it would be super cool just to have a large, clear container of these goodies on display - maybe with flowers (instead of the way overdone river rocks).  OR use them as mulch in your planters!  How funky would that be?
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