Have you been noticing bottle cap jewelry, keychains or fridge magnets lately? Are you wondering just how in the world bottle caps are used to create such unique handmade items??
Here's an article with lots of photos to inform and inspire you! Learn how to create your own bottle cap necklaces, refrigerator magnets, handmade gifts, scrap embellishments and more.
Basic Bottle Cap Crafting Supplies
Bottle Caps, E6000 Glue, 1" Diameter Paper Punch, 1" Clear Epoxy Dots, any 1" circle design.
Choosing a Design for Your Bottle Cap
Bottle Cap Co. Bottle Cap Images are a good place to start of course! :0)
But, there are lots of other options to help you get inspired also: old calendars, scrap book paper and embellishments, old children's books, dictionaries and magazines, stickers, cut out letters, children's art (especially for filling over size bottle caps).
Punch Your Design, Then Glue It To Your Cap
Just a thin coating of E6000 Glue or whatever adhesive you prefer.
*If you don't own a 1 Inch Round Paper Punch it also works well to adhere the Clear Epoxy Dot to your image and then use scissors to cut out around it. Very simple... unless you are making lots of items! Your hand may get a little tired :0)
Adhere the Epoxy Dot to Your Paper Design
Bottle Cap Co. offers Premium Epoxy Dots and Standard Epoxy Dots.
The difference is in the price and quality. Premium never yellow or harden and are made in
the USA. Standard dots will eventually yellow and harden and are made in China.
Standard epoxy dots are half the price of Premium Epoxy Dots - perfect for kid's parties
Hot Pink Flattened Bottle Cap DesignReady to be transformed into a magnet, keychain, scrap embellishment, necklace pendant, handmade card embellishment...
Bottle Cap Craft and Jewelry Ideas
Bottle cap craft and jewelry items make great personalized handmade gifts. Add photos, inspirational sayings, team logos, family monograms, dates or any other content to make your bottle cap item a unique, thoughtful gift for someone you love.
To me one of the coolest things about bottle caps is that they offer great fundraiser opportunities. Bottle caps make quality, but inexpensive craft and jewelry items that can be sold for double, triple or even quadruple the cost of making them. Items like bottle cap necklaces, key chains, magnets, earrings and more are perfect for fundraising efforts and events or even as inexpensive giveaways to promote awareness for your cause.
Call us if you need any help figuring out how to make bottle caps work for your next fundraiser.
Adding an Image to the Top of Your Cap
Apply a Thin Layer of Glue to the Top of the Cap
Press your design onto the cap (epoxy dot has already been adhered to the design).
Move the design around the top of the cap until the glue is spread to all the edges of the cap and paper.
Apply Pressure to the Edges as the Glue Dries
As the glue dries and gets tackier press down on the edges of the design as shown here to form the epoxy dot to the very slight dome of the cap. If you want a clean seal to the cap you'll want to continue pressing the edges down over the next 5 or 10 minutes as the glue dries. The thinner the paper that your design is printed on, the quicker it will conform to the surface of the cap.
*Don't worry if some glue is smeared on the sides, like I've shown above, after it dries it will be easy to rub off with your fingers.
Ta Da! A Sweet Vintage Story Book Inspired Bottle CapMake it into a key chain, necklace or bookmark for the beautiful girl in your life.
If the design was on the inside of the cap it could also make a great bottle cap magnet for a shabby chic or vintage looking message board.
Or if used as a necklace or key chain the inside design could include an inspirational saying or a photo!
Epoxy Stickers and Bottle Caps
Pick your sticker.
Pick your bottle cap.
So much fun to mix and match!
Browse Bottle Cap Co's Epoxy Sticker Sets to simplify your craft time even more.
PARIS PASSPORT BOTTLE CAP DESIGNS
*Flattened black and white lace pattern bottle cap (left)
*Chrome bottle cap (right)
Clear Acrylic Cabochons & Gems
Use 3D Crystal Lacquer underneath the design to glue it in the cap.
Then use a thin layer on top of the design to glue in the cabochon.
It will dry clear!
A 1" Saphire Acrylic Gem in a chrome bottle cap is shown above and below. Acrylic Gems and Cabochons come in 1" and 1/2" sizes to fit perfectly in standard bottle caps and mini bottle caps.
SPARKLE!Perfect for kids jewelry, bottle cap key chains, charms, flip flop bling, flower centers, hair bows and more...
Seal Your Bottle Cap Design with 3D Crystal Lacquer
Glue the image to the cap with 3D Crystal Lacquer. If you don't glue the image down first it will most likely float to the top after you fill the cap.
Flood the cap with 3D Crystal Lacquer.
Tilt cap from side to side until the surface of the design is covered evenly.
The thicker the application the longer it takes to dry completely.
A thin layer will dry within 30 minutes to an hour.
If you were to completely flood the cap 24 hours is usually enough but it may take up to 3 days to dry completely depending on the climate.
WATCH OUT FOR BUBBLES!Pop any bubbles that appear as the Lacquer dries with a pin or even a toothpick.
3D Crystal Lacquer dries completely clear.
3D Crystal Laquer is water based so although it dries hard and clear it is NOT water proof.
Using Found Objects
Would you like your designs to include some 3D items like charms, buttons or scrap embellishments? Use 3D Crystal Lacquer to seal them up. Again, watch for bubbles as the Lacquer dries.
Thanks for reading!
If you would like to learn how to make specific bottle cap crafts like bottle cap necklaces or bottle cap magnets or bottle cap Christmas and photo ornaments check out our Craft Blog here: http://www.bottlecapco.com/blog.asp