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Topic: Bottle Cap Jewelry: Bottle Cap Bracelet!  (Read 187113 times)
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« on: September 14, 2003 04:06:34 PM »

Bottle Cap Bracelet

What you'll need:
    [*]several bottle caps (I got some cool unused vintage ones on e-bay)
    [*]6 mm jump rings
    [*]4mm jump rings
    [*]dremel or other rotary tool
    [*]sand paper or nail file
    [*]crazy or super-type permanent glue
    [*]clasp/closure of your choice
    [*]tape measure
    [*]scrap piece of wood
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    Using a tape measure, measure your wrist holding the tape measure snug, but not tight. Lay down the tape measure on a flat surface. Lay the bottle caps on top of it until the number of bottle caps matches your wrist measurement (FIG 1). Remember that the jump rings will add a small amount of length.



    Lay the bottle cap on your wood scrap. Using your rotary tool and an extremely small bit (mine was about the size of a toothpick) drill two holes on opposite sides of the bottle cap. You will find it easiest to drill next to the crimps in the cap. (FIG 2) Turn the cap over and sand the holes to smooth down the rough edges. Do this step for all of the bottle caps.



    Take the 6mm jump ring and twist it open. Holding the two caps together like a sandwich (FIG 3) insert the jump ring through both bottle caps. Close the jump ring and repeat this step on all of the caps. Seal all the jump rings (except for the ones on each of the ends) with the glue.


    The bracelet should be flexible where the jump rings are attached (FIG 4). If for some reason yours are not, you may need to use bigger jump rings.


    Attach a 4mm jump ring to one side and attach the clasp to the other. Seal the remaining rings.



    Tahdah....You have made a unique new piece of jewelry! Wear it with pride....



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    « Reply #1 on: September 15, 2003 07:08:19 AM »

    WOW!

    I absolutely love this very cheap, easy, & cool idea!!  Did you flatten out the crimped edges a bit??  I'm guessing that would make it less scratchy.

    I'm trying to think of what kind of bottle cap I want to use to make mine now.  I'll have to go check out my options at the store!!

    Now you could make matching headband/barret, earrings, pin, button covers, belt, &/or even attach them to your shoelaces!!  Well, all of that just might be a tad too much all at once Cool
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    « Reply #2 on: September 15, 2003 09:37:44 AM »

    thanks for sharing this! I bet a belt (like a loose one you wear around your hips) would be really cool looking!
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    « Reply #3 on: September 15, 2003 09:56:57 AM »

    Thanks! Glad you like them!  Smiley

    I'm thinking of a necklace and maybe some earrings next. A belt would be cool....hmmm.....

    Since the bottle caps are unused, the edges were already a bit flattened...you could always sand the underside as well so they wouldn't be "scratchy."

    Let me know if you all do anything. I'd love to see pix!

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    « Reply #4 on: September 17, 2003 02:37:31 PM »

    this is so great i looked on ebay and they had all sorts of neat unused bottle caps - even in packs of like 1,000- I was just wondering a few things -

    how much and how many caps did you get?
    (you dont have to answer if you dont want to but looking at them - i found what is or isn't a good deal)

    could you use a drill with a very small bit?

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    « Reply #5 on: September 17, 2003 06:16:48 PM »

    I don't have a drill, so I found another way to punch a good hole in a bottlecap edge.  You'll need an awl and a hammer, as well as something to hammer into like a block of wood (I use one of those linoleum blocks for printing).  Just place the bottlecap on the block, place the tip of the awl where you want the hole to be, and (carefully!) give it a whack with the hammer.  Easy hole!

    BTW, mantofev.com sells bottlecaps way cheap (10 for $1!).
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    « Reply #6 on: September 17, 2003 10:43:47 PM »

    You could probably use a drill on a lower setting...the bit I used measured 1/16"

    I got 98 bottle caps for $4.25 which is lower than I have seen them on craft sites....but another auction from the same seller a winning bidder paid $7.99 for 70 of them...sometimes it is the luck of the draw (as it often is on ebay).

    I think the awl thing is a really good idea as well if you don't have a drill or rotary tool....

    Have fun!

    -Jodi

    PS--that www.mantofev.com site is cool!


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    « Reply #7 on: September 18, 2003 11:56:09 AM »

    thanks chicky - i love bottle caps and always save mine for something to do with them and you really gave me great advice and a great idea!!!

    xoxox
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    « Reply #8 on: September 27, 2003 05:39:43 PM »

    That's really cute! Good idea.
    If you know anyone that owns a bar or resteraunt where they sell bottled sodas/beer, have them save you the bottlecaps. Usually no one cares because they just throw them away anyways.
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    « Reply #9 on: September 27, 2003 09:31:24 PM »

    What a neat idea! Blast my tiny wrists!! You could probably use that method to make keychains too.

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