Monday, August 20, 2007

Bottle Cap Charms - Works in Progress

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!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, they look better than they did on the beer bottles. I couldn't imagine what you were going to do with them. Now I know. Unusual but inventive. A. Dottie

Suzan-- said...

Those are turning out very cool looking!! Can't wait to see what you are going to do with them!

I also like your sunflower watercolor for the Inspire Me Thursday challenge! It's very pretty!! I am so intimidated by watercolors! I have some pencils, and sometimes I throw water on them, but have never done a full watercolor!

Thank you for visiting my blog!

Suzan

Patricia J. Mosca said...

WAY COOL!!!!!!!!!!
You just might NEED to get into a charm swap with these beauties!!

Stacia said...

So very creative! I love recycled art. These look like old coins from a treasure chest.

bluegreen dragonfly said...

I lovelovelove when ordinary things become works of art. you have so inspired me!

Cheryl Finley: said...

Cheryl,
These are unique, creative and charming! You...always inspired me. I hope you're doing well...