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Bottle Cap Crafts
Posted by Wende on 6/13/2012 to Bottle Cap Crafts

Have you been noticing bottle cap jewelry, keychains or magnets lately?
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!

Create your own bottle cap crafts, refrigerator magnets, handmade gifts,
scrap embellishments and bottle cap jewelry.


BASIC BOTTLE CAP SUPPLIES
Bottle caps, E6000 Glue, 1" Diameter Paper Punch, Clear Epoxy Dots, 1" Circle Paper Designs.



FINDING A DESIGN FOR YOUR BOTTLE CAP
**Ideas**
Bottle Cap Co. Images of course :0) 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 caps).


GETTING STARTED!

PUNCH YOUR DESIGN, THEN GLUE IT INTO YOUR CAP

A hot pink flattened bottle cap is shown here.
Just a thin coating of E6000 Glue or whatever adhesive you prefer.



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
and jewelry.


Would you like your designs to have some dimension?
Use 3D Crystal Lacquer to seal it up.

Browse our Mixed Media Oversized Cap Challenge photos to see some examples of three dimensional designs.




FINISHED FLATTENED BOTTLE CAP DESIGN
Ready to be transformed into a magnet, keychain, scrap embellishment, necklace pendant, handmade card embellishment...

Standard size bottle caps and flattened bottle caps have 1" diameter space to create.

**Ideas!**
Team logos, Monograms, inspirational sayings, photos, stamp designs, left over scrap supplies, holiday images, hobby images...




ADDING AN IMAGE TO THE TOP OF YOUR CAP

APPLY THIN LAYER OF E6000 GLUE TO TOP OF 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 EDGES AS 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.



CUTE VINTAGE CHILDREN'S BOOK INSPIRED CAP
Make it into a key chain or necklace 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.

Or if used as a necklace or key chain the inside design could include an inspirational saying or a photo!

This design would also make sweet nursery decor with a nostalgic or shabby chic feel.



EPOXY STICKERS. SO EASY!!

Browse Bottle Cap Co's Epoxy Sticker Sets to simplify the craft even more.



FINISHED PARIS PASSPORT BOTTLE CAP DESIGNS
*Flattened black and white lace pattern bottle cap (left)
*Chrome bottle cap (right)

Pick the sticker, pick the bottle cap. So much fun to mix and match!



CLEAR ACRYLIC CABOCHONS & GEMS

Use 3D Crystal Lacquer under the design to glue it in the cap.
Then use a thin layer of more 3D Crystal Lacquer over the design to glue in the cabochon.
It will dry clear!



1" Saphire Acrylic Gem, E6000 Glue



SPARKLE!
Perfect for kids jewelry, bottle cap key chains, bottle cap flip flop bling,
flower centers, hair bows and more...




SEALING YOUR BOTTLE CAP DESIGNS WITH 3D CRYSTAL LACQUER
Glue the image to the cap with 3D Crystal Lacquer.



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.



3D Crystal Lacquer dries completely clear.
A thin layer will dry within 30 minutes to an hour. If you were to completely flood the cap it may take up to 3 days to dry completely depending on the climate.

3D Crystal Laquer is water based so although it dries hard and clear it is NOT water proof.



Thanks for reading! Have fun creating and feel free to call, email or leave a comment for us with any bottle cap craft and jewelry questions you may have!

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Reader Comments
Shelby Date 6/21/2012 1:19:06 PM
Do you sell the polka dot bottle cap that is in the last picture?
Wende Date 6/21/2012 5:10:35 PM
Yes it's part of the an assortment of black and white patterns. You can see it here: http://www.bottlecapco.com/Two-Sided-White-Bottle-Caps-with-Black-Patterns-Assortment_p_633.html Thanks for asking!
Tammy Motley Date 7/19/2012 6:00:20 PM
Is there a trick to getting the epoxy dots off and on your project with out getting finger prints on them? Silly question.
Wende Date 9/14/2012 9:23:34 AM
Hi Tammy! Which epoxy dots are you using? Usually they come off easily like a sticker. You could try tweezers?
Ann Greenspan Date 1/9/2013
Why do my digital images look cloudy after covering them with an epoxy dot?
Rhonda Pasfield Date 1/10/2013
Hi do you have any shipping prices to australia regards Rhonda Pasfield
Faith Date 6/13/2013
I have tried this project and I have the same glue, dots, and caps but everytime I glue the project to the cap it gets ruined. When it dries there is a spot where the glue went through the paper and ruined the deisgn. Is there a perticular paper I need to use or any suggestions to fix this?
Kaylan Date 6/13/2013
Hi Faith, I have two suggestions for you. First, be sure you're using glossy photo paper, it's a thicker quality than regular printer paper. Printer paper is too thin for the glue. Secondly, Make sure you're only using a small amount of glue. It only takes a little bit to hold the image down. :)
Robin Date 10/28/2013
Hi....I wondering how to get rid of the smell of beer from bottle caps? I soaked them in dish liquid and hot water
linda Date 3/22/2014
WHAT TYPE OF GLUE DO I USE TO GLUE PICTURES TO THE FLATTENED BOTTLECAPS? USED TACKY GLUE BUT THE PICTURES FALL OFF.
Kaylan Date 3/24/2014
Hi Linda, We definitely recommend using E-6000 glue which can be found right here on our site. This glue is a very strong hold and works very well with any of our bottle caps!
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