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« on: December 31, 2006 03:47:21 PM »

Anyone know how to flatten bottle caps so that they still look good?  I've mangled every one I've tried so far.

The plan is to flatten them and incorporate them into a chainmaille type curtain to hide the front of my keggerator.

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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2006 05:19:59 PM »

Ok nevermind.  I figured it out then didn't like it.  So I'm going without flattening...



This will end up being a sheet about 3' x 6'.  At least I think so.  Maybe I should go measure...


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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2006 05:35:17 PM »

That's going to look coool.  Someone has to drink a LOT of beer for one of those!  Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2006 05:36:50 PM »

Okay, this is going to look pretty cool when you finish it! Will you just add the bottle caps in a random fashion (as you drink the beers, for example?) or try to come up with some kind of pattern?
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2006 06:22:16 PM »

I have a drawer that I have been saving bottle caps in for a while now.  I have put out a call to my drinking buddys for more caps.  I homebrew beer so I have a few friends that drink Roll Eyes.

I was just planning on doing a random pattern.  The only thing is a few of the caps are a larger size.  Mostly from the Belgium brewerys.  Should work alright just putting smaller jump rings in between those.

I'll keep ya posted on the progress.

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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2007 07:31:49 AM »

Hmmmm....I thought of this right before I drifted off to sleep last night (Happy New Year!)- could you put the larger caps around the outside edge? That way it owuldn't matter if they were bigger. You could also put a stripe of the big ones in it (or a cross, depending on how many you have)...can you see I'm still stuck on the pattern idea?  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2007 10:08:49 AM »

Thanks for the ideas.  I'll just have to see what sizes I end up with.  I don't think I'll have very many of the larger ones.  They come off of $10 bottles of beer. 

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« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2007 11:33:59 AM »

oops  Tongue  Sorry I posted that last post from her computer and her account.

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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2007 12:41:44 PM »

Can't wait to see the finished product!

I wish I had a use for something like it...I have a tiny collection, but it is begging to be used for something crafty! I'll have to keep thinking...
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« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2007 07:01:30 PM »

While at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar in Austin a few weeks ago, I saw a guy selling jewelry made from bottlecaps that had the nice flared edges.

 I had the same problem with my own bottlecaps, such as you did, and asked him how he got his edges flattened without damaging the caps---they came that way. He buys caps over the internet that have never been used and they have the flared out edges, no pounding necc.
 He said there are lots of the unused caps on Ebay.
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