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« on: December 16, 2007 02:38:08 PM »

(I finally cleaned off my digital camera and had a plethora of crafty stuff on it!)

My cousin and his buddies have been saving bottlecaps for me for the past year or so and I usually use them in swaps to make magnets of whatever the theme is as the "small" craft and I've given sets to friends with their interest on them as gifts.

He asked me when he was getting a set, so I made these for him and his wife:


He's into Harley and she's recovering from Breast Cancer and loves pink roses.

I also made a prototype magnet for the cruise I'm going on in January from our logo:

I plan on making as many of these as I can and passing them out to my friends.

How I made them:

First, I take all the bottlecaps he gives me and I spread them all logo-up on newspaper and I spray them all with white spraypaint (to cover the logo) and then I sometimes add spray-on glitter just for fun.  Any colour would probably work, I just happened to have white leftover from another project and so far haven't run out of it! 

Then, I find images/photos I want to use.  My computer (I assume it's a standard windows printing option) has a proof sheet/contact sheet option that prints out photos that are about 1.5" by 1". I print out all the images, and then I take the Creative Memories 1" circle punch and punch out my image. 

I use modpodge and put a thin layer in each bottlecap and stick the image on. Then I apply another thin layer of modpodge on top.  I wind up applying about 6 or 7 thin layers of modpodge (wait for it to dry between layers!) to seal it in.

After it's all dried, I flip them over and either buy those stick-on magnets or I glue on regular magnets. 

I've debated making some into pins, but haven't tried that yet.
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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2007 09:55:30 AM »

Ooh I like these! The woman in the dress is probably my favourite. Thanks for the tutorial too!
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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2007 11:05:25 AM »

cute, my grandma made some of these as magents for our fridge and it has pictures of my family members in them. haha
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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2007 11:44:14 AM »

Ooh I like these! The woman in the dress is probably my favourite. Thanks for the tutorial too!

No problem. I got that image off Getty images - just register for an account with them and you'll have access to the images without a watermark.
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2007 05:48:52 PM »

What a great idea!
Thank you for the tute and for the information about Getty images too.
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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2007 06:20:59 PM »

you're welcome Smiley

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