Saturday, April 14, 2012

How to Make A Bottlecap Charm

When I need to completely relax I always find myself at some craft shop?  Am I the only one who does this? LOL   

After our in-laws left I had to get out of house, so I headed over to hobby lobby.  While I was there I found this nifty little product called Magic Glos.  I just had to try it.  So I picked up some other goodies and headed home to try it out.  After some trial and errors I'm ready to share what I have learned with you along with making this short & easy tutorial.

Lets get started!

First you will need:
Bottle of Lisa Pavelka Magic Glos 
Bottle Caps
A Printed Calico Collage - I am using Collage Sheet #768
A Bight Sunny Day (You can also use a UV lamp)
Glue - I will be using super glue but any glue will work.
You will also want to have Tooth picks & a Lighter/Matches on hand to pop any bubbles that may form. 

Cut out your desired image to fit the bottlecapsSome bottlecaps are 1 inch circles, but the ones I am working with are just a tad bit smaller.

Once I have my image cut to fit, I placed a small amount of glue in the bottlecap and then placed the image down into the bottlecap.

TIP: If you should skip this step you will risk the gloss going under the image and that will result to bubbles rising surface.

Once the glue dries you are ready for the gloss!

Since Magic-Glos is a self leveling gloss, it is best that you start in the middle, also make sure you are working on a flat & level surface.  You don't want a lop sided dome on your charm.

TIP: If you get any bubbles use matches or a lighter to pop them.  Just wave the flame over the bubble. If the bubbles are deep in the gloss us a toothpick to either pop them or to bring them to the surface so that you can pop them with the lighter. 

See how pretty it domes?  I love it!

Once you have your charm the way you like it, set it out in the sun!

All you need is about 15 to 20 minutes of direct sunlight to cure Magic-Glos.

TIP: I find that I get better results on a non-windy day, it seems that if there is too much wind the gloss seems to bubble after you place it out in the sun.  

And there you have it, a pretty glass like topped charm.  Pretty simple & so much fun to do. 

I really like how this little charm turned out that I decided to add a few more things to make it a pendant. 

With a little, E-6000, A Key & a few other findings.  I wrapped the bottlecap & added the key & charms to create this.....

Thank you for reading & I hope that you have enjoyed the tutorial. 

Stay Crafty!

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