How To Make Bottle Cap Jewelry Using Resin

SKU VID-0050
Designer: Julie Bean
Learn how to use 2-part resin to make beautiful bottle cap jewelry. From magnets to pendants and earrings, this video shows you how to mix and pour the resin and also covers instructions on how to punch a hole in the bottle cap so that you can attach a jump ring bail or earring finding. This video also shows how to finish the jewelry by attaching a magnet or using ball chain.
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Hello. This is Julie with I'm going to show you how to make the bottle cap jewelry using resin. Now what you're going to need some bottle caps. I have this great orange color right here. I love them. You can see I just have a basic bottle cap. There's no liner in these. If yours happens to have a liner there's another video we have which will show you how to remove that. You're going to need some resin. I'm actually using a two part resin. If you prefer you can answer use a one part if you're familiar mail with that process. I really like Ice Resin because it comes across crystal clear. You'll need a little measuring cup. You'll need a stirstick of some sort and you're going to need a torch to remove air bubbles. So what you want to do first is you're going to want to find an image to use within your bottle cap. If you're going to be using an image you can use charms, you can be using little sprinkles. You can fill these bottle caps with anything you want. For this tutorial I want to show you how to do it using an image. I've actually already prepared my image. The way I prepared it is shown on another video here that we have on preparing images for resin. Basically you're just finding an image. You're cutting it out. Bottle caps have a one-inch diameter interior circle. It's easy if you have an one inch hole punch you can just hole punch it or you can just cut it out. You can trace around a US quarter that's going to be about the right size as well. I just glued my image in using and Nunn design glue. You can use another white glue if you have it as well. Then after that glue has dryed I painted on three coats of Nunn Design sealant. You can actually use Mod Podge. It's just important to do multiple coats and letting them each dry between coats and that's going to prevent your colors of your image from distorting when you put the resin on it. So I want to show you know how to actually get the resin into the bottle cap. So first off we're going to have to mix our resin. My little measuring cup here has measurements along the side. I want to mix one ounce. So I'm going to first off take Part A and I'm going to fill it to the half ounce mark. I'm going to take Part B and fill it to the one ounce mark. You're probably wondering why I'm using so much resin for such a small piece and that is because I don't like to mix less than an ounce of resin at a time just because it's so precise your measurements for the Part A and Part B you have to be exactly equal in order for the resin to actually set up right. I find it if I measure out less than an ounce there's a little bit more room for error and it becomes a little bit more difficult to get so precise the chemical reaction doesn't really take place. So I will just fill some molds that I have setting aside here with my left over resin so it doesn't go to waste. So I'm just going to stir it and scrape the sides. You can see there's a lot of striations in there and basically I'm going to this for two minutes until it's clear. You will get some bubbles. That's okay. We're going to be getting rid of those later and some of them actually disappeared on their own. You don't want to whip this. You want just want to do a nice stir. It's been two minutes. I've stirred it. I'm going to try to tilt this towards the camera a little bit. You can tell there a lot of bubbles right now. I'm going to let my resin rest just about three, four minutes. While I'm doing that I want to show you something else. So here is going to be a magnet. I have a little magnet right here and I want to glue, it adheres on itself but I'm going to glue it on onto the base later for added security. In the meantime we'll show you how you would make a pendant or a earring. So to do that you're going to want to take a metal hole punch We have a Euro Hole Punch right here and it creates a round punch. This one 1.25 millimeters. You really don't want a hole bigger than that because you don't want your resin to gush out of the side. So I really like the 1.25 millimeter. The way you punch a hole you just find one of the crevices. So you got this nice flared thin edge you can see where it kind of goes out and in and I'm going to put my hole punch right into one of the indents. You can tell I'm going about halfway down so I'm trying to not go too far down towards the base of the bottle cap. I'll show you why in a minute. Just like that. Just punched it. Really easy to use. I didn't use any pressure at all. Now I have a hole in the bottle cap. You can see where about I orientated that hole. The reason I didn't want to go lower is because when I fill my pendant with resin I don't want the resin to actually reach that hole because it does no matter how secure of a fit I feel I have with my jump ring or my earring hook there's still a chance that the resin is going to spill out the edges and I don't want that. So I'm going to try to keep that hole up as far as i can towards the the edge of the bottle cap and away from the base of it. So if this was going to be a pendant I would now just take a jump ring. You can use whatever size you want. With the 1.25 millimeter punch the largest gauge of wire you can have for jump ring is going to be seventeen gauge. Sixteen gauge is just going to be too tight. Seventeen gauge is perfect or you can do a different gauge as well. You'll just a little bit more room. So I'm just going to open my jump ring insert it through a hole and close the jump ring and there is my little jump ring bail. If you have a earring hook you would do the same thing. The point you would do this in your process would be if you're going to be using images you would do this first. Actually if you're going to do anything you do this for first. Before you do anything else with your jewelry making if you're doing a pendant or a earring you're going to punch that hole you're going to go ahead and insert whatever finding you have. So just let that be. Now I'm going to come back. with my resin. It actually feels a little bit warm. That's totally fine. Because I'm filling a large area I'm going to actually pour my resin. Normally I would put my resin on my stick and I would drop it into the center. But again because I have a little bit of a large area to fill. I'm just going to pour. I'm working on scrap paper. You probably tell that I have a little bit of a drip happening which is fine because I'm on scrap paper. Now I'm going to let this just rest for a couple minutes and then come back with my torch and try remove any bubbles that are present. It's been about ten minutes. I'm going to comeback with my torch. I'm just going to brush the flame over the top. You can see that we still have quite a few bubbles. Now I'm going to go back and do the same process in about another ten minutes from now and then even another ten minutes after that. I just what to make sure that there's no bubbles present. If you get filling your pendant, let's say you're making or a pair of earrings and you want the resin to actually go up to the top. So you're filling it with maybe sprinkles or charms something where you need that resin to go up above the line of where you inserted you're findings. What you're going to want to is you're just going to want to put some glue right over the hole. So you're going to want to that finding into place to make sure that you adhere a glue line so that there's no gaps for the resin to spill out. You can just to use a glue such as a E6000 or another glue that's going to dry clear and strong for you. Let that dry thoroughly. Make sure that that glue is completely clear, not milky white. If you use a craft glue that milky white is going to stay embedded in your resin. So make sure it's completely clear. Let that thoroughly dry and then fill your bottle cap with resin. So we've been patient. We waited twenty four hours. Now our magnet top which is our bottle cap with kitty in it with the resin inside is now cured. It looks like there's no resin in here but they're actually is. There's a nice thick layer of resin. It is solid. I wouldn't recommend fully working with it or really putting your finger nail in there for three days. I do like to be extra cautious with resin. After twenty four hours you're really okay to start working with it. Now with this particular piece I want to make it a magnet so I want to show you how to finish it. I'm going to take some E6000 glue and this is really one of the easiest projects you can every do. I'm going to take some glue put it on the back of my magnet just like that. I didn't even really need a applicator because this magnet is big enough. If you have some strings just kind of work them around. I'm just going to flip it over, place the magnet on the back of my bottle cap and and I'm going just going to trim up the glue with my fingernail. You could use a toothpick or whatever you like. I'm going to let that dry now. And that is done. It's ready to go on your fridge or give as a gift. Although we didn't fully make a bottle cap pendant in this video it's the same concept though. You would put the image in and go ahead lay resin on top of it. I shoed you how to punch the hole. I'm going to show you how to finish this really quickly. Ball chain is a great way of finishing a bottle cap pendant. It goes really well with the kind of funky fun feel of the bottle cap. It comes in all different colors. I have a black ball chain here which I thought would be really fun with the orange for halloween doing this little black kitty or there's also the stainless. Ball chain is super easy to work with. It has a little clasp right here and you just pull the chain out pushing it towards the other end. You can then just thread it right through your jump ring. Resecure the clasp like that. Wiggle it on down and there you have a bottle cap pendant using resin. Thanks for joining us. I hope you enjoyed this video on how to make bottle cap jewelry using resin. Go to for all of your beading supplies needs!

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