I've been experimenting a bit with "supplies" that would ordinarily go in the trash, and I wanted to share my preliminary results with all those kind beer-drinkers who have so generously donated their bottle caps for my art projects.
These caps were first flattened with a hammer, then painted with acrylic paints. After the paint was dry, I pressed the caps into a Versamark ink pad, then coated them with antique gold embossing enamel, heated until the granules became very liquid, and pressed rubber stamps into the hot surface. I'm not sure yet what I'll do to these next (if anything), but after I'm satisfied with the way they look, I'll coat them with a clear sealer, drill some tiny holes for jump rings, and maybe add some dangling beads to the bottom to give them a little more weight.
That's a piece of bleach-discharged black velvet in the background - another project for a future blog post!