Sunday, July 25, 2010

Free Demo Sunday! Bottle Cap Pendants!

Love personalized bottle cap or metal frame jewelry?
Afraid to try it?
Fear no more!
Here is a basic project even the kids could do that will get you started in this fun side of the jewelry world.

Bottle Cap Pendants!

Materials needed:
Bottle caps
Pictures or small objects to put inside
Diamond Glaze
Glue-on bails or magnets
E6000 glue (or E600 if you live in California)

Select a bottle cap that has a nice looking image on the back.

Clean the bottle caps with soap and water and make sure they are completely dry.

Trace around the image you would like to use.  This will just give you a general idea of where to cut.  Your image will actually be cut smaller to fall into the center of the bottle cap.

Trim around the outside of the circle so that it fits just right in the center of the bottle cap.

Remove the seal from the inside of the Diamond Glaze bottle and trim the tip off of the nozzle.

Squirt a small layer of Diamond Glaze into the bottle cap.  This will help the picture adhere to the bottom of the cap so that it does not float up when more is put in.  Make sure that the layer of Diamond Glaze is high enough that it covers all of the little ridges that may be in the bottom of the cap.

Put the picture into the bottom of the bottle cap.  Make sure that the picture is even on all sides by pressing it with your fingers.  Let this completely dry before putting more Diamond Glaze over the top to prevent teh picture from rising to the surface.

Once it has dried, squirt more diamond glaze into the cap until it is almost filled.

Pop all the bubbles with a pen or a needle.  It might be a hard at first, but if you let it solidify slightly, the bubbles will move around less which makes it easier to pop them.

Allow your pendant to dry completely.

Here's another fun project with Diamond Glaze and bottle caps!  Fill the cap COMPLETELY with different sizes and colors of beads!  Make sure that you can't see the bottom of the cap anywhere.  If you're having a hard time positioning the beads so that you can't see the bottom, sprinkle some size 15 seed beads or glitter over the top.

Fill the cap with Diamond Glaze SLOWLY, starting with the outsides first, then SLOWLY fill in the middle.  Make sure that you fill the holes of some of the larger beads.

It can look great if you leave some beads sticking out of the Diamond Glaze.  Just make sure that you have most of the bead coated with just the tips sticking out.

Allow your pendant to dry COMPLETELY, then use E6000 glue to adhere a bail or magnet to the back of the bottle cap.  Make sure you are in a well ventilated area and try not to breathe in the fumes.  Let it dry for at least 24 hours, then enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Haha, nice defacing that missing person! Cute idea.