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« on: October 11, 2008 01:51:46 PM »

Here are some bottlecap charms I made a while back. I used craft lacquer instead of resin because it's practically odorless (it takes a while to dry, though).

Some of the images I used came with that capsters kit that Klutz makes - my friend gave it to me for Christmas and I became obsessed with bottlecap charms after that.



And some closeups. The one that has a glare is Etta James. It says "at last."



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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2008 04:42:46 PM »

They do look very cute and very very addictive to make!! what laquer do you use exacly?
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2008 05:32:09 PM »

LOVE THEM!  Aren't they fun to make?
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2008 05:52:30 PM »

so pretty!

resin isn't the best, it's smelly and sticky and it gets bubbles so easily and you get in trouble if you try doing it in the diningroom!
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2008 09:26:27 PM »

Wow, what a great collection!  I love the images you used too.  There are so many things you could do with these...this is one of those posts that makes you want to do it too!  thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2008 09:53:42 PM »

Is the back still the soda/beer picture? Or did you do something to cover it up(spraypaint)?
Either way would look cool I think.
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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2008 08:19:41 AM »

Thanks for all the nice comments!

I don't cover up the backs. I've thought about painting some of the beer caps, but I like the ones from pop. I've heard that people who sell charms like this have had trouble with the companies the caps originally came from if they don't paint them, but I don't sell.

I did some research when the "gooey glaze" from the Capsters kit ran out and discovered it was dimensional craft lacquer. I use 3d Crystal Lacquer by Sakura Hobby Craft. I can't find it in a store where I live (Nebraska) but I ordered it off Amazon.  You need to cover an image with clear tape or contact paper to keep the color from bleeding under the lacquer.  I use scraps of book laminate from work. The lacquer needs at least 24 hours to dry and turn clear. It's hard to wait, but I love how they turn out. Definitely as addictive as marble magnets!
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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2008 11:01:19 AM »

Wow you made a ton! I love that some are 3-D and just not the paper dimension.

Are they pierced so that they could be hung as charms? (And if so - what did you use for that - just a drill?)

I made some bottle cap magnets with resin. I'll have to check out your recommended Lacquer though because the resin is so smelly!

Thanks for posting!
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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2008 08:30:03 PM »

Pogo~ I pierced these after I took the photo. I started with a hand drill (the fun hand-cranked kind) and a small bit, and then switched to a punch, a hammer and a small nail. I had to rebent the edges on a few with needlenose pliers.  I used my bookbinder's awl to poke through the lacquer after I made the nail hole and then inserted a jump ring.

I should have prepunched the ones with the 3D charms in them. I clamped everything in a vice while I was punching and couldn't get the 3D ones in the right way. It kind of bummed me out because I really wanted to wear my 'little deer' one!
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« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2008 06:12:48 AM »

Hand-cranked drill? Yikes! Smiley
Thanks for the details. I may try an automatic drill with a tiny bit for my resin ones - I'm nervous how the resin will play though.
I hope you can get your deer to play nice! That one was very sweet!
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