My buddy just moved into a new apartment in a giant old multi-family house. It's crowded with a mishmash of old furniture and curios from previous owners and tenants, so each time I visit I'm on the lookout for fun reconstruction/rehabilitation projects. In his room there was a small square end table that was simply begging--pleading--to be covered with bottlecaps and sealed with resin. It was the first time I've worked with resin so I double checked the posts for this button tablehttp://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=244455.0
and this bottle cap tablehttp://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=234840.0
for tips and advice.
Pre-project shot: Chipped and tired
We sanded down the flat surface--the legs didn't look too bad so we left them alone--then stained the surface so it matched the rest of the table a bit better. We didn't think much of it would show through after the caps were arranged but we figured it didn't hurt to be thorough.
After 1 round of stain (we ended up doing 3-4 coats):
The cap of the stain had dried into kind of a beautiful design. It reminded me of a Keith Haring print and/or a dandelion:
My friend happened to have a comprehensive collection of bottle caps, which I was able to supplement with some of my own. With our combined hoard, we managed to have each one on the table be unique. We glued them all to the table with wood glue and another type of glue which I can't remember at the moment, which is too bad because it worked better and dried clearer than the wood glue.
Post-gluing (with tube of mystery glue in the background):
We liked the look of the caps pointing in different directions, and they fit into a nice little matrix with no awkward gaps. After the glue dried, we went to the Home Depot to pick up some resin. The only kind they had was Parks, which worked fine and cost about $25. The instructions were easy to follow; the only annoying part was rounding up a bunch of different containers for mixing and marking the quantities on the side for all the layers. We also had to go back for another box because 1 wasn't enough resin to cover the tops of the caps. I was worried that the surface would dry a bit wavy, and these guys (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSWFOXn60QU
) had an interesting suggestion to lay down a sheet of mylar as the last layer is drying to flatten it. However, as each layer dried it didn't look like it would be a problem so we skipped the mylar.
The end result is absolutely lovely and well worth the effort! Now whenever I visit, I can't stop looking at it...