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sarah_charade
« on: July 24, 2012 01:11:21 PM »

While at the cottage, I collected a ton of beer bottle caps, in the hopes of making various recycled jewelry and trinkets with them. However, I didn't quite inspect them (too busy drinking the beer Tongue) and when I got home, I noticed that there's a bit of plastic (or whatever that is) attached to the inside of each cap. I'd guess it's to seal in the liquid and carbon.

This makes it hard to just put a paper design inside, because it won't lay flat. I also tried ripping it out, but some of them are made differently and very difficult to pick out. I'm not about to sit around pulling the seals out of every cap just so I can make crafts. But I certainly see tons of other people making bottle cap crafts and art, so there must be a way around this.

What do you guys do about the seal in recycled caps if you want to put something on the inside of the cap?
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2012 01:59:28 PM »

I use one of those craft heat guns (although a blow dryer would probly work just would take longer), hold the cap with a pair of needle nose pliers-hit with heat for about 10-15 seconds then peel the rubber out with another set of neede nose pliers.  If it doesn't come out easily I hit it with the heat again for a few seconds longer.  Usually I do a whole bunch at once, you get a rythym going and its not so bad Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2012 07:15:45 AM »

I use one of those craft heat guns (although a blow dryer would probly work just would take longer), hold the cap with a pair of needle nose pliers-hit with heat for about 10-15 seconds then peel the rubber out with another set of neede nose pliers.  If it doesn't come out easily I hit it with the heat again for a few seconds longer.  Usually I do a whole bunch at once, you get a rythym going and its not so bad Cheesy

I never knew you could do that! It seems like a heat gun is good for a lot of crafty things, so maybe I should pick one up. Thanks for replying.
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2012 11:00:09 AM »

I do something similar.  I put a few caps on the warming burner on my oven (electric) and put it on med.  After a bit I check on them and once they are warmed enough the seal comes right out with pliers.
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2012 10:04:15 AM »

That's really nice idea and concept..We had never realized that bit of plastic in the cap or think of it,thanks for reminding us..Tongue.It can be recycled..
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