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« on: November 22, 2003 05:57:43 PM »

These are easy, but they take quite awhile. You will need several days. I made a lot more but have since given many away. Wink



Here's the basic idea:

1.Take a standard bottle cap, bend the edges
 with needle nose pliers to get a flared effect
2. cut pictures to fit inside the bottle caps. (you may want to back them with white cardstock, i didn't...and some showed the back of the page.
3. use spray adhesive to secure them to the bottlecap (any kind of non-bubbling adhesive should work-rubber cement?)
4. coat with a thin layer of polyeurethane. allow to dry
5. continue to coat w/ polyeurethane until you reach the desired thickness. it will continue to be thick and shiny (that's where the yellowed color came from also)
6. i sprayed mine with a clear glaze (pictured) to make them even shinier
7. glue a strong magnet to the back and ta-da! easy presents.

like i said, they take awhile because of the drying, so if you're doing it for xmas, start NOW! Smiley

i even used one picture of my little brother, circa 1984. haha.

let me know if you need more instruction.
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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2003 08:47:06 PM »

when i made bottle caps like these i used this stuff called "envirotex lite pour on high gloss finish". i think its really for preserving table tops and plaques and things like that.  but all you do is mix these two different liquids in a cup  and them pour the mixture into the bottle cap.  its a lot easier because you only have to do it once and it dries crystal clear.  the only problem i ever had with it is sometimes little bubbles appear in the liquid after its been poured into the cap but all you have to do is pop them with a toothpick or something pointy.  oh i should add that i got the envirotex at michaels, it was in the area where glue and adhesives are.  

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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2003 10:23:08 PM »

Thanks for the tip Bettie (and the instructions Missy).  Been wanting to try these things for a long time, but didn't like the idea of using resin.

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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2003 06:54:10 PM »

this is great, i wanted to try this too but wasn't sure what to use inside to seal. i actually like the yellowing effect.

i saw some of these for sale in a small art store/cafe in brooklyn for 5 dollars each.

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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2003 03:01:28 PM »

these are soooo hott!
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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2003 04:52:39 PM »

Yours look great. I am going to try that stuff from micheals.

I made some resin ones, I spent f-o-r-e-v-e-r getting them just so. and then the resin dried a dark yellow-brown and i cried and threw them away.

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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2003 07:51:58 PM »

Wow, these are sweet! What kind of magnet are you putting on the back?

Also, what kind of glue do you recommend using to stick the magnet to the bottle cap with? Everything I've ever tried tends to fall off after a while...
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2003 07:53:49 PM »

i tried hot glue for these, but i think i'll use silicone glue in the future. Smiley the magnets...um. standard ceramic magnets? they aren't very heavy.
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2003 09:25:23 PM »

very cool, very cool.  

I actually love the yellowish tint that they have.  Looks vintage.  You could also put in a coat of crackle glaze in between a couple coats of the spray glaze to give it a different look!
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« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2003 11:52:27 PM »

am loving the yellowed effect! they look so antique! like you found 'em in a forgotten treasure chest hehe  Grin

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