Flat silver washers have fascinated me since I was young. These perfectly round discs make perfect jewelry backs, pendants and layered bracelets but I wanted to do more. I began playing with the silver disks and came up with a way to connect them together to create a decorative silver candle holder. Make your own following these simple steps.
Things You’ll Need:
18-inch square of butcher paper, also known as freezer paper
Aleene’s Jewelry and Metal Glue
20 to 30 flat metal washers, 3 to 5 different sizes
Damp paper towel
Metallic spray paint (optional)
Pillar candle or candle votive
Step 1 – Cover a flat work surface with an 18-inch square of butcher paper. Make sure the slick side is up.
Step 2 – Arrange the flat metal washers into a circle or snowflake shape. Place the washers so the sides are touching. Any shape will work as long as it is large enough to hold the candle with a border of at least 1-inch. Tip: If you are not confident about your shape, draw around a small desert plate to create a perfect circle. Arrange the washers inside the circle. A trick is to place the largest washer in the center and work your way to the outside of the circle. Place the same size washer at the top, bottom and two sides of the washer. Connect the four washers by placing smaller washers between them. Continue to add washers until the circle is full. Create a symmetrical design around the washer.
Step 3 – Glue the touching edges of the washers together with Aleene’s Jewelry and Metal glue. Slightly separate the washers. Place a line of glue between the washers then slide back together. Wipe the excess from the surface of the washers with a damp paper towel. Repeat the process until all washers are glued together. Allow the glue to dry completely before continuing. This will take from two to four hours depending on the temperature and humidity of the room. Tip: Do not worry about the glue underneath the washers. When it is dry, the slick side of the butcher paper will peal from the bottom of the candle holder.
Step 4 (Optional) – Move the completed washer candle holder and butcher paper in a well ventilated area. Place the butcher paper and candle holder on a flat work surface. Spray the surface of the washer candle holder with the desired color of metallic paint. Allow the paint to dry for 15 minutes. Repeat once.
Step 5 – Turn the completed washer candle holder over. Peal the butcher paper from the bottom of the holder.
Tip: Make a more durable candle holder by layering two to three layers of washers. Attach the completed project to a piece of foam sheeting or a fabric back with Aleene’s tacky glue. The foam sheeting or fabric back will help to prevent scratching of a wood surface.
Tip cut a piece of felt slightly smaller than the candle plate shape. Glue the felt to the bottom of the candle holder to prevent help prevent scratches on a wood surface.