How to Make a Bottle Cap Pendant
How to Make a Bottle Cap Pendant
Have you ever wondered how to make a cute bottle cap pendant? Not only are they adorable, but they are also very easy to make. Let's get started!
You're also helping out the environment by reusing bottle caps, and the process of making the pendants is simple. Whatever you do, your finished piece will be beautiful. Let's get started!
What You Will Need
- Bottle Caps (new or used)
- Mod Podge
- Paint Brush
- Art or Picture
- Scissors or 1-inch circle punch
- 2 Part Resin or Diamond Glaze
- Dremel with small drill bit/ hammer and nail
- Large Jump Ring
1. Prepare the Cap
I always put the hole in the cap for the jump ring first. Drill a small hole on the side of the bottle cap. Be very careful doing this. I usually hold the cap with a small towel to avoid slipping. You can also use a hammer and nail to make a hole in the cap.
If you want to paint your bottle cap a certain color, now is the time to do it.
2. Insert Your Art
- You can use images from magazines, books, old calendars, pictures, printed images, or anything else. Once you choose the picture you would like to use, take your 1-inch hole punch or scissors to cut it out.
- Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the back of the image with a paintbrush.
- Apply your image down into the bottle cap (make sure to line it up with the hole you put into the side of the cap). Press down over the top of the image making sure there isn't any air trapped under it. The entire image should be stuck to the metal.
Tip: If you used an inkjet printer, sealing the image with several layers of Mod Podge is very important. If it isn't sealed properly, the ink will dissolve and be ruined after you put on the protective glaze! If you use laser-printed images, you don't have to worry about this.
- When I do inkjet images I take an extra step and put a layer or two Mod Podge on the image (front and back) before I cut it out with the circle punch. I later apply the Mod Podge into the cap and go over the top and edges of the image once it's inserted inside the cap. It's a little extra work but well worth the effort!
3. Apply Diamond Glaze or Resin
Resin or Diamond Glaze work very well for this project. I prefer resin because I believe it's more durable in the long run.
- Prepare it according to the directions, then pour a very small amount into the cap making sure to cover the bottom of the cap/image completely.
- When pouring resin usually you will see bubbles~ don't fear.. just take a straw and blow gently over the top of the resin and the bubbles will pop and the resin will become clear!
- I use Envirotex Lite 2 part resin and have never had any problems. You can use in inside and it's always worked great for me.
- Apply the glaze inside the cap, making sure to cover the entire image with a thick coat.
After the Glaze/Resin Is Applied
Cover your caps with something like a big bowl or plastic container to keep out the dust out from the air. Let your caps dry.
- Diamond Glaze: 24 hours
- Resin: 48 hours
4. Insert Jump Ring
After your caps are all dry, take your jump ring and insert it through the hole on the side of the cap. Voila! You have a beautiful handmade pendant ready to be strung on a necklace.
Bottle Cap Tips
- If you are using resin to seal your image inside your bottle cap the process takes a little bit longer but it is definitely worth the wait.Y
- You may choose to use new caps purchased from a home-brewing supply company. I prefer used caps because I can take a walk and come back with many used bottle caps in usable condition on any given day.