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Topic: ~Bottlecap Necklaces~ **Tutorial Added**  (Read 7076 times)
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« on: November 24, 2004 08:20:58 PM »

I have been dying to make these, and finally acquired all of the materials and I think I'm addicted  Cheesy

  
Lots of room for improvement, but I'm pretty pleased with they way they turned out. I don't think I let the glitter glue sit long enough (impatience strikes again!) before sealing them, but oh well - these are for my friend and I  Wink
And so here I go with a tutorial......

Use your pliers, or whatever is handy, to open up the bottlecap some (if you want it to have the "open" look) - then I use a rubber mallet to gently tap it to make sure it's open evenly all the way around... don't pound to hard, or you'll get something that looks like this....

Remove the plastic liner inside the bottlecap. I've found that heating it a bit with a lighter (be careful, it will get HOT) helps in removal - and scissors and a straight pen for that ring around the liner that can be difficult ;-) Then paint your bottlecap the color of your choice, using either spray paint or acrylic paint.

Next, insert your circle image into the bottlecap. Either cut it out, or use a 1" circle punch (fits perfectly!) - I use rubber cement to attach mine inside the cap. Get your glitter glue (or you can put a ring of glue around the picture, and sprinkle glitter, but I find the glitter glue in the tube is easier for application) and your gem/large glitter/ whatever you choose....
 
If you're going to put a gem in the bottlecap, do that first - using a straight pen to apply the glue (rubber cement, again, is my preference) and placing it on the picture... then use the glitter glue tube to make a circular frame around the picture (this one got a little sloppy, so there will be an additional one in the rest of the pictures lol)
 
This can get tricky - I've read that some people use resin for their bottlecaps, but I chose to try Diamond Glaze, and it works great - just squirt a blob of it inside the bottlecap (after your glitter is GOOD and dry) and pick up the bottlecap and tilt it from side to side to spread it around - keep a straight pen handy to pop bubbles, they can be a nightmare! (tip: store your glue upside down for less air bubbles)
 
Drying time is 3-6 hours... I tried coating these with a clear gloss, but I'm not sure yet if it's a good thing or a bad thing  Huh ...then get a hammer and nail (or if you have one, a drill) and either a cutting board or a piece of wood... place the nail where you want the hole for the top of your necklace, and hammer away... then if you want to add a charm, do the same to the bottom of the bottlecap where you want your charm to hang from...

attach your split rings (and charms), and Viola! It's ready to add to the necklace of your choice ;-)




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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2004 08:22:45 PM »

i'm in love with these!!! Is it possible for a tutorial? I've been meaning to mess around w/ different ways to make a bottlecap necklace, but i think i like this most.
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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2004 08:28:08 PM »

Thanks!!!

and - Yep!! Next one I make I will take pictures for a tutorial - which will probably be soon! They were fairly easy, just takes patience to let things dry... which I seem to lack  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2004 04:16:41 PM »

those are awesome! yes a tutorial would be great Wink
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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2004 04:21:40 PM »

wow! yeah i cannot wait for a tutorial because i already know what picture im going to use!
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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2004 04:34:10 PM »

these are so cute!  I love them!  Great job! Can't wait for the tutorial!
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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2004 04:38:54 PM »

i also cant wait for the tutorial. these are so pretty.
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« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2004 08:22:35 PM »

Those are too cool! Now I am gonna make some! Thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2004 02:29:15 PM »

Just wanted to bump this up, I finally got around to adding a tutorial  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2004 02:38:20 PM »

great tut! thanks, i'll post when i finish these!!
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