A cool item I've seen around craft fairs lately is bottle cap jewelry. It's really simple to create. It can be time-consuming, though, especially if you're an instant-gratification crafter like me.
You'll need a few different materials. You can purchase unused bottle caps on the internet, or in your local craft store. You'll also need:
- A 1" circle hole punch
- An image to punch out: I like using trading cards, magazines, comics, or just neatly designed paper
- White craft glue
- Resin or glaze
- A jump ring
- Pliers to attach the ring with
- Either a small nail and hammer, a dremel, or a drill.
Instructions after the break!
- Turn your bottle cap upside down.
- In one of the crevices, drill a small hole (or create a hole using the hammer and small nail).
- Attach the jump ring.
- Using the 1" circle hole punch, punch out your desired image.
- Glue the image to the inside of the bottle cap using white glue. Allow this to dry 24 hours.
- Once your image is securely glued and dried, pour the resin or glaze over the top of the image, making sure to seal it completely. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours. If any air bubbles surface, be sure to pop them with a straight pin!
You can use this same technique to make earrings, barrettes, or even magnets. You can pick up earring and barrette parts, or self-adhesive magnets, at just about any craft store.
For a somewhat similar project, see our previous post about glass marble magnets.