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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Not found? on: January 17, 2010 09:46:51 PM
That's so cute!  I wanted to make some of these for a class in art school a while back but when I was telling the class none of them got my idea.  I think yours turned our very well.  I really like it!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 42 ENTRIES / Re: $9 Desk-Hutch (and my first entry in a craftster challenge :P) on: September 02, 2009 10:30:31 PM
cool!  you have some fun looking things in the crates.  What is the thing in the upper right crate?  It looks like craft sticks and green pom pom like things.  I'm so curious...  Also I like the domino looking pen/sharpie holder.  Cool stuff!

3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What to do with...all of this? Tons of things! on: May 20, 2009 10:22:27 PM
I collect plastic bottle caps too. This is what I made.  I was inspired by a basket my husband bought in Africa.  There is also a link to a pdf tutorial. 
I'll be thinking about ideas for tape dispensers.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: bottle cap basket with tutorial on: April 12, 2009 04:07:41 PM
Wow! Bookmarking this one - what a great way to re-use something that otherwise goes on to the recycler (or too often, the garbage.) I love it!!!

Great idea too, to flip and fill with resin... I'm imagining a really neat easter egg basket, with some kind of easter-themed knick-knack inside the resin! The only tricky thing would be that you'd likely have to put the wire through before the resin went in.... hmmm...

yea, I think for the resin thing you would need to do the basket first then just do one side at a time with resin letting each side dry before doing the next.  I'll never have the patience for that but if anyone makes one I'd love to see it.  Also you might need to drill the holes so you can get them closer to the top of the cap.  Oh, I hope someone will make one!

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: bottle cap basket with tutorial on: April 10, 2009 03:31:33 PM
Cute idea.  I definitely don't have the patience to do this one though!  Undecided

Once all the caps were punched I was surprised how quickly it went together. you could try a smaller version...
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: bottle cap basket with tutorial on: April 08, 2009 08:46:57 PM
Thank you all for your comments.

Here is a picture of the coke cap basket from Africa. 

I think they 'punched' the holes in these caps with a hammer and nail (just my guess by looking at it)

Huggiepeelow, I like the idea of flipping the caps and filling them with resin

How cool! I bet it would be neat to turn the twist off caps of beer bottles or glass coke bottles around and use the neat resin filled ones with little hearts or pictures! Thanks for the tutorial
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / bottle cap basket with tutorial on: April 08, 2009 11:50:57 AM
I made this basket patterned after a basket my husband brought back from Africa.  The one he bought was made from metal coke caps.  We don't buy anything that has metal tops, only plastic so I wanted to see if I could make something similar with plastic caps... It actually worked!  Here is the first one I made

I have instructions if you would like to make this, I will post some pictures here but it requires a lot of pictures so you can DOWNLOAD a PDF from my blog here:

Here are some more pictures and written instructions

for a basket the same size as the one in my original post you will need 63 caps
(5 caps by 3 caps and 3 caps tall)

these are the tools you need:
wire (I used steel 18 gage)
wire cutters
needle nose pliers
1/16" hole punch

cut the wire to these lengths:
3 pieces of wire 19" long
5 pieces of wire 16" long
4 pieces of wire 22" long

punch 4 holes in each cap (evenly spaced)

take one of the 19" wires and one 16" wire and string them through the holes on one cap

on the 19" wire place 4 more caps on it, then string the other 4 - 16" wires though those caps (as picture shows)

string on another row of caps then place a 19" wire through those caps

add the last row for the bottom section and string the last 19" wire through those

push the caps together and straighten them as best as you can then bend up the wires on each side

add one row of caps all the way around the basket, this will take 16 caps

then string one of the 22" wires through those caps, you may need to use the needle nose pliers to help guide the wire into the punched holes

the caps might slide up when you are putting the wire through (this is ok) you will be able to push them back down later

when the 2 ends of the 22" wire meet bend them in and then twist them around each other on the inside of the basket

then clip the ends leaving enough to bend the point of the wire into the caps

once all the sides are done you will want to square out the basket, just mold it to look good and have straight walls

once you have your basket in a shape you are happy with you will need to place the last of the longest wire around the top of the basket, keep it in place by bending the wall wires over it

also where the ends of the wire meet twist them around each other and bend the ends up into the nearby caps

once you have bent down the wires trim them leaving just enough to bend them up into the caps
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 37 ENTRIES / Re: buttoned bedstand on: April 05, 2009 11:00:11 PM
I like the colors you chose, nice work.
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 34 ENTRIES / Re: recycled plastic gift wrap on: January 07, 2009 11:55:10 PM
Thanks for posting a link to a video tutorial, I wondered if I should've posted one...

10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 34 ENTRIES / Re: tissue box gift bags on: January 06, 2009 12:15:18 AM
great idea, I'll have to get some of those tissue boxes before next Christmas...
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