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Topic: Bottle Cap Side Table (process pics abound!)  (Read 17008 times)
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« on: March 11, 2012 10:45:58 AM »



My buddy just moved into a new apartment in a giant old multi-family house.  It's crowded with a mishmash of old furniture and curios from previous owners and tenants, so each time I visit I'm on the lookout for fun reconstruction/rehabilitation projects.  In his room there was a small square end table that was simply begging--pleading--to be covered with bottlecaps and sealed with resin.  It was the first time I've worked with resin so I double checked the posts for this button tablehttp://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=244455.0 and this bottle cap tablehttp://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=234840.0 for tips and advice. 

Pre-project shot: Chipped and tired



We sanded down the flat surface--the legs didn't look too bad so we left them alone--then stained the surface so it matched the rest of the table a bit better.  We didn't think much of it would show through after the caps were arranged but we figured it didn't hurt to be thorough. 

Post-sanding:



Post-post-sanding:



After 1 round of stain (we ended up doing 3-4 coats):



The cap of the stain had dried into kind of a beautiful design.  It reminded me of a Keith Haring print and/or a dandelion:


My friend happened to have a comprehensive collection of bottle caps, which I was able to supplement with some of my own.  With our combined hoard, we managed to have each one on the table be unique.  We glued them all to the table with wood glue and another type of glue which I can't remember at the moment, which is too bad because it worked better and dried clearer than the wood glue. 

Post-gluing (with tube of mystery glue in the background):


We liked the look of the caps pointing in different directions, and they fit into a nice little matrix with no awkward gaps.  After the glue dried, we went to the Home Depot to pick up some resin.  The only kind they had was Parks, which worked fine and cost about $25.  The instructions were easy to follow; the only annoying part was rounding up a bunch of different containers for mixing and marking the quantities on the side for all the layers.  We also had to go back for another box because 1 wasn't enough resin to cover the tops of the caps.  I was worried that the surface would dry a bit wavy, and these guys (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSWFOXn60QU) had an interesting suggestion to lay down a sheet of mylar as the last layer is drying to flatten it.  However, as each layer dried it didn't look like it would be a problem so we skipped the mylar. 

The end result is absolutely lovely and well worth the effort!  Now whenever I visit, I can't stop looking at it...

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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2012 11:02:34 AM »

Awesome awesome awesome!!  Now, I have to look for a similar table and make one for my son!  I love this idea, I've been saving bottle caps for a while. 

The top looks so smooth, I thought it was a glass topped table.  Just awesome!   Cheesy  I'm hitting THIS ROCKS!
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2012 11:23:42 AM »

aw i love bottle cap stuff. it came out sooo cool!
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2012 11:38:22 AM »

Great idea! I would love to do this someday.
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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2012 11:39:09 AM »

this is amazing. I love the look of the table. So great. Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2012 12:57:12 PM »

What an inventive idea for a bottle cap collector Smiley I may need to send this link to my cousin Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2012 03:03:00 PM »

Fantastic!
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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2012 04:46:52 PM »

What a fun table- and the resin turned out beautifully - I thought you had covered it with glass at first!!  Also impressed that you had collected that many different bottle caps - LOL - impressive.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2012 05:50:35 PM »

Hitting the button Cheesy I too thought it was a glass top ! Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2012 09:36:41 AM »

This is so neat. My husband wants to do a backsplash in the kitchen with a similar idea to this. You rock!
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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2012 02:58:29 PM »

Thanks so much!  My friend reminded me the other day that the 'mystery glue' is actually Loctite Stik'n Seal Indoor.  Good stuff. 

Here's a fun "where's waldo' sort of game too: try to spot Larry, Curley, and Moe!  They each have their own cap. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2012 03:15:29 PM »

Wow! THat is so cool!  Pretty brave of you to just jump right into a big project having never used resin before!
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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2012 05:07:02 PM »

OH MY GOSH!!
I've been saving up bottle caps to do something similar--but I want to do mine on a card table (a bit larger, heh).
This turned out absolutely AMAZING, and makes me want to get started on mine, haha.
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« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2012 06:13:07 AM »

that is an awesome table!!! do you find the top to be sticky at all?
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« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2012 02:26:29 PM »

Oooo what an amazing table!  I absolutely love it!  Thanks so much for sharing!
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« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2012 11:54:19 PM »

Love this! Great job  Grin  I thought that was glass at first. Nice collection of caps.
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« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2012 02:02:09 PM »

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« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2012 06:24:36 AM »

Not only did you do a great job picking, placing and resin-ing the caps, but you picked the perfect piece to work with!  Like many other, I've been saving caps, but I have yet to find the fight piece of furniture at the right price.  I envy your friend!  And I'm pinning this (with credit to you, of course).
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« Reply #18 on: March 20, 2012 09:53:25 AM »

I am so inspired, I love it!!!
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« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2012 02:17:30 PM »

So cool. Ihave so many caps and hope to do a table like this one.
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This is spectacularly brilliant. Well done  Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: January 14, 2013 11:52:50 AM »

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« Reply #23 on: January 23, 2013 04:21:26 PM »

What a great piece!
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« Reply #24 on: March 15, 2013 02:16:44 PM »

Oh how I love bottle cap crafts...This is really lovely.  I didn't even think of going to Home depot when I was working with resin--I paid a crazy amount at Michaels instead.
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« Reply #25 on: March 21, 2013 06:08:39 PM »

Wow.  That is absolutely amazing.  I want to go out and snag some similar end tables!
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« Reply #26 on: March 22, 2013 04:44:10 AM »

This is wicked good.  I can't believe that you found so many unique bottle caps.  The resin job looks amazing - like another person who commented, I thought it was glass.  I think the table you found is perfect - a little bit old pub, a little bit Grandpa's basement.  You did such a good job.
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