Bottle cap pendants are fun to make and will give you endless hours of creativity – a great alternative to housework.
Before you rush out to buy a case of beer – I will just tell you, it isn’t advisable to make bottle cap pendants from the caps you get off drink bottles.
There are three main reasons why you shouldn’t use beer bottle caps to make bottle cap pendants:
• They are bent from being prized off the bottle
• They have a plastic lining which is hard to get off
• Jewellery made while drinking beer is usually not your best work – be honest, it’s not is it?
But that’s OK because you can get some nice shiny bottle caps with no nasty plastic lining by clicking on the resource links at the end of this article.
So – what will you need to make the kind of fun bottle cap pendants I have been creating instead of being a good housewife?
You will need:
• Some heavy rock music to help you forget about the dust you should be moving around.
• A supply of bottle caps – the colour is your choice.
• A supply of 1 inch round images (If you do not have any of your own – go to https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/201707561/downloadable-images-for-scrapbooking? where you will find my downloadable designs at very low-cost).
• A 1 inch punch.
• Some double-sided sticky tape.
• A supply of 1 inch resin domes.
• A supply of 9mm split rings.
• A selection of small metal charms.
• A supply of silver/gold/black curb chains or leather thongs or 1mm black elastic.
• A small craft hammer.
• A rigid, clean cutting mat.
• A 1.8mm pair of hole punch pliers.
• A pair of split ring tweezers.
I will provide links below for most of the above items. The craft hammer and cutting mat I use are from the Dove crafting tool set listed in the resources below.
How to Make Bottle Cap Pendants
Bottle Cap Pendants – Step 1
Bottle Cap Pendants – Step 2
Take your bottle cap and use the 1.8mm punch pliers to make holes directly opposite each other. To make the first hole, turn the cap over so the fluted edge is pointing downwards and punch a tiny hole in one of the ‘dips’ in the fluted edge.
Turn the bottle cap over so the fluted edge is pointing upwards and and count the ‘bumps’ in the fluted edge (see pic below) until you get to the tenth bump. Position your punching pliers in between bumps 10 and 11 and make another tiny hole. The two holes should be directly opposite each other.
Bottle Cap Pendants – Step 3
This is where you flatten down the fluted edge of the cap. You will need to use a rigid, clean cutting mat for this part. You need a firm surface on which to hammer the edge down but it must not scratch the back of the bottle cap. Using your fingers to hold down one side of the bottle cap, firmly tap away at the other edge while gradually turning it. The idea is turn the edge down to make it flatter.
Bottle Cap Pendants – Step 4
Cut a small piece of double sided sticky tape to fit inside the bottle cap and stick it in position.
Bottle Cap Pendants – Step 5
Choose an image from a sheet of 1 inch round images and use the 1inch punch to carefully cut it out. (Click here to buy my downloadable 1 inch images https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/201707561/downloadable-images-for-scrapbooking? ) I always turn my punch upside down so I can line the circle up perfectly before cutting. I have also removed the little plastic cover from the bottom of my punch so I can see more easily.
Bottle Cap Pendants – Step 6
Hold your circle with the image facing upwards and peel a resin dome off the plastic sheet. Very carefully line up the dome with the edges of the image and press down firmly. It should be a perfect fit with no overlap. It does take practice but becomes easier with experience.
Bottle Cap Pendants – Step 7
Peel the backing paper off the sticky tape in the bottle cap. Making sure that the top of your image aligns with the top hole in the bottle cap, press the resin dome and image firmly into the bottle cap and smooth with your thumbs.
Bottle Cap Pendants – Step 8
Using your split ring pliers, open the split rings and fit them into the top and bottom holes in the bottle cap edge. You can use your thumb nail to open the rings but if you make lots of these, you will find the pliers are better.
Attach a metal charm to the bottom split ring.
Bottle Cap Pendants – Step 10
Add a leather thong with lobster clasp or, a length of 1mm black elastic tied in a knot and there you have you first piece of bottle cap jewellery to wear, sell at craft fairs or give away as presents.
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