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The Bottle Caps tutorial was created by Beth
McGinnis. Credit where credit
is due! Many thanks to Beth for helping to enlarge our collection of FREE
hair bow instructions.
Bottle Caps are all the rage right now. You
can use them as bow centers, or on necklaces and bracelets. The same
method can even be used on dog tags. This is a simple, flexible
To get you started, here is a printable sheet
alphabet images by Delilah Collins of
||Bottle caps can be
found on eBay, etsy and many other sites. You can also purchase them
from brewery supply places. Shop around for your best price. You
don’t want to use a bottle cap that has come off a bottle, as the
crimped edge can’t be flared back out.
||Images can come from
stickers, generated yourself using various photo editing programs,
or purchased ready to use on eBay, etsy & many other sites. If you
are printing your own, use photo paper or have them printed at a
photo processing center.
||Once you have your
images chosen, simply cut them out using Bottle a 1-inch round
Begin with a good workspace, such
as a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper with the waxy side up.
Tape it down & make sure it is good & flat.
||Apply images to
bottle caps. You can apply them to the top of the cap or on the
inside of the cap almost like placing the image in the bottom of a
tiny pie plate). Make sure that to rub the image to get the edges to
adhere well, as it will ruin the cap if the edge pulls up and any
resin seeps under it. After image is stuck to the cap (if you use
glue it needs to be dry) place your caps on the cookie sheet you
covered with parchment paper. Leave a little space between them as
you spread them out.
Adhesive is a
personal preference. I use my
Xyron sticker maker to make my image into a sticker. You can
also use a glue stick or just about any adhesive that will stick
well and not leave bumps or bubbles beneath your image.
||Mixing and Applying
Resin is also a personal preference. I use
EnviroTex Lite, but you can use
Mod Podge, Triple Thick glaze or many others. You can find many
of these products at Michaels,
JoAnn’s, and Hobby Lobby.
Mix the Resin
Make sure what you use is disposable (I use little plastic medicine
cups). The medicine cups are great since they have measurements
marked on the sides. I mix my resin in small batches, so it doesn’t
have time to start setting up and so I don’t waste any. I never make
more than 30 ml at a time.
EnviroTex Lite, make sure to add the hardener second, each
bottle is labeled. I then use a popsicle stick to stir it well. If
not mixed thoroughly it will not set up properly. There will be
bubbles in there, but they are easy to get rid of.
Pour the Resin
This might take trial & error to discover what works best for you. I
use a syringe with no needle on it, and deposit a few drops on each
cap in the center. I do a small amount, because it is easier to add
to it than it is to remove excess. Ultimately, you are looking for
the resin to spread slowly to the edge. You can use a popsicle stick
to spread the resin, or any other disposable item.
Remove the Bubbles
After pouring the resin, you will notice bubbles. There are several
methods of removal. In particular, when using
EnviroTex Lite, you can either exhale over the caps (blowing is
too harsh) or use a lighter and run it over the tops of caps. The
carbon dioxide will pop the bubbles.
Allow Resin to Cure
The resin needs to set up, or cure, now. Put your caps somewhere
dust-free where they won’t be disturbed. Consider placing a large
box top over your tray to keep out dust. Check the directions on
your resin for drying time.
EnviroTex Lite takes 24 hours to cure. Do not touch them while
they are curing.
After they are dry, you can apply a second coat of resin. Simply
repeat instructions for first coat.
||Here are a few of
the punches & other items that you can make using the same
Free instructions directions