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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Bottle Cap Table Top on: May 26, 2009 05:51:26 PM
Quartney, you are absolutely correct, but whether or not you need to glue down the bottle caps depends on what you want to do.  For my bar, I wanted to grout between the caps to add a black background for contrast.  I glued the caps down to prevent them from moving around as I applied the grout.

No matter how you want to make your bar top, it's a good idea to make a prototype or two to get familiar with how the epoxy works and to work all the kinks out of the process.  For example, I found that if I stirred the epoxy too long, it accumulated so many tiny bubbles that it wound up looking cloudy as seen in this picture.



I used cheap wooden trays from the craft supply store.  You can see some of them here:

http://s616.photobucket.com/albums/tt244/rsteel02/caps%20to%20trade/bar%20top%20prototypes/
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Bottle Cap Table Top on: May 26, 2009 10:46:11 AM
Thanks to everyone who has posted to this thread.  It was helpful as I built my barn wood bar with epoxy encapsulated bottle caps for the bar top.  The caps with glued down with modeling glue followed by unsanded black grout and US Composites Kleer Kote table top epoxy.


more pics:
http://s616.photobucket.com/albums/tt244/rsteel02/bottle%20cap%20bar/
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bottle Cap table project... on: May 26, 2009 10:46:01 AM
US Composites Kleer Kote table top resin worked really well for my bar top.  It's 2' x 4' and required about 1.25 gallons of epoxy.

http://i616.photobucket.com/albums/tt244/rsteel02/bottle%20cap%20bar/P5252337.jpg
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: beer bottle cap table on: May 26, 2009 10:41:51 AM
Nice table.  Did you seal the caps with something like epoxy or leave them exposed?
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Beer Cap Frig Magnets on: May 26, 2009 10:37:55 AM
Great idea.  Where did you get the magnets?
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: beer caps on: May 26, 2009 10:34:35 AM
If you are worried about any bending or damage that might occur when using a nail or other punch tool, placing the cap on a piece of scrap wood and drilling through the back should work well.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: my take on the bottle cap picture frame idea on: May 26, 2009 10:18:35 AM
Clever idea.  Well done!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Bottle Cap Resin Magnets Galore! on: May 26, 2009 10:16:08 AM
Do you prefer any particular brand of resin?
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Bottle Cap Wall Art on: May 26, 2009 10:10:30 AM
That's a great way to display your favorite bottle caps.
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES / Re: Bottle cap snake *hey, I'm recycling!* on: May 26, 2009 10:08:40 AM
Nice!  Have you made anything else with bottle caps?
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