How to make fun interesting jewelry with bottle caps. Metal bottle caps are so versatile when it comes to jewelry making. You can fill the caps with small items, turn them into tiny picture frames, or even paint either side of the cap. Bottle caps work equally well for pendants and earrings and they can even be adapted for fun “jangly” bracelets. This particular project just takes a few minutes (not including drying time). That means you can make a lot of them in a short period of time, but each makes a one of a kind piece that’s great for you or the little girls in your life.
Metal bottle caps
Leather cord or chain & eyelet hook
The first thing you need to do is use the hammer and nail to make a hole in the top edge of the cap. You will use this to affix the pendant to the chain. Try to make a hole about 1/8 inch wide. If you are using leather cord, measure your cord to a length that can easily be slipped over the head and onto the neck and cut it one inch longer than that. Insert both ends of the cord into the hole you made, then tie them together securely. Trim the ends of the knotted cord. If you are using a chain, screw an eyelet hook into the hole you created.
Mix about a tablespoon of glue with about a teaspoon of water. Stir until the water is completely mixed with the glue and the mixture is thin. Start adding sand, 1/2 a teaspoon at a time, until you’ve created a paste the spreads easily. You can add a drop of food coloring, but keep in mind that the colors will be a bit dark and muddy looking. Scoop some of this paste into the bottle cap. Use the back of the spoon to smooth it out. Add more, if necessary, to fill the bottle cap to the brim.
Once it is full and smooth, use the toothpick to draw in the sand. This can be a name, an initial, kanji symbols, or simple line drawings like flowers and peace signs. Alternatively, decorate with strips of foil and place on a foil covered pan in a preheated 500 degree oven for 30-60 minutes to create free form puffed sand shapes*. Coat the final product in another layer of glue and allow to dry completely. *Do not try this if you are using leather cord!
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