I made these fantastic bottle cap pendants the other day. They turned out so cute and was fun to make! I purchased my supplies on Etsy from the BottleCapArtSupplies store. Here’s a link to a current listing for bottle cap pendant kits: Bottle Cap Art Supplies on Etsy. The prices are really, really good and the customer service was top-notch! Everything arrived quickly too! I highly recommend purchasing your supplies from her. Not only does she sell the silver bottle caps, she has tons with different colors and even patterns! She has a fun zebra print bottle cap! She provides detailed directions on how to make them with the supplies she ships. I will share my tricks here in today’s post. Be sure to check out Bottle Cap Art Supplies on Etsy! You know you are in the right Etsy store if you see this design below on their store front page! Be sure to read all the info, she often offers a discount!
Clear Epoxy Stickers
E6000 or any glue formulated to bond metal and paper
Create the design you want for your bottle cap. I used designer scrap book paper and plain white paper to print my designs on. As with any craft project in which a glue is used, it is best to not use your deskjet to print your designs. The ink often runs and ruins your design when you add any watery substance to it. Instead, I created my design and saved it to a flash drive and took it to the nearest FedEx Kinko’s. I handed them the designer paper and asked them to print my design onto it using their laser printer. They were able to upload my file from my flash drive and printed it lickity split. Inkjet printers use liquid ink sprayed through microscopic nozzles onto the paper, and laser printers use a toner cartridge (filled with fine powder) and a heated fuser. The fine powder is less likely to run when you apply the liquid adhesive. The cost to print in color is around .70 cents and if your design only has black ink in it, it costs only around .11 cents for an 8.5×11″ piece of regular copy paper. Keep in mind, the diameter of the bottle cap is only one inch so on an 8.5×11″ piece of paper you can print several copies of your design to make multiple necklaces!
Next, very carefully put the epoxy sticker over your design making sure your paper is free of dirt, lint or any other tiny particle that will affect the adhesive. Press down to ensure there are no air bubbles in your design.
I initially used an X-Acto knife to cut around the epoxy sticker but found that my razor sharp blade was cutting into the epoxy sticker. I found it easier to cut out the paper slightly larger than the stickered area and used scissors to carefully cut out the epoxy sticker.
Then I used a small dab of E6000 glue to adhere the paper (covered in the epoxy sticker) to the inside of the bottle cap. The epoxy stickers are crystal clear and rounded on the edges giving your design a domed effect. I gave it a few minutes to dry.
Then I flipped it over and used E6000 to glue on flat-back bails to the back of the bottle cap.
Lastly, I strung the pendant with a cord and ribbon necklace (that I also purchased in bulk quantity from the same Etsy seller).They turned out really fantastic and are super cute pendants! Since you are creating the pendant’s design, the options are only limited by your imagination!
Hope you enjoyed this short tutorial post about bottle cap pendants! These are so easy to make when you purchase your bottle cap pendant kits from Bottle Cap Art Supplies on Etsy! The finished product looks very nice! These necklaces make great stocking stuffers!