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Preparing Used Bottle Caps to Make Pendants

Updated on September 28, 2011

Bottle cap pendants are all the rage these days and they are really easy to make. If you have decided to make your own bottle cap pendants, you have a couple of different options. You can choose to use new ones purchased by home brewing supply companies for a reasonable price or you can use used bottle caps. Choosing used bottle caps is a great way to recycle (or technically speaking-upcycle) and helps to prevent them from piling up in our landfills. If you are planning to use used bottle caps, there are just a few things you need to do to get those caps in order so that you can make them into great pendants. I have put together a little "how to" with some tried and true tips, showing you how to get used caps ready for pendant making. I wish I had found something like this before I started making pendants with used caps. Much of this stuff has been learned through trial and error on my part and I'm hoping to make the process a little bit easier for you.

What You Will Need

  • Used Bottle Caps like from beer bottles, coke bottles, etc..
  • Soap and water
  • Dremel and small drill bit
  • Spray Paint or Acrylic Paint (if your planning to paint it)
  • Spray Sealer
  • Acetone
  • Old toothbrush
  • Emory board or sandpaper (optional)

STEP1: Sand Logo and Clean The Caps

If you prefer  you can sand the logo off the cap first using an emory board or sand paper. Emory boards work great for this!  Then take the caps and soak them in soapy water or another cleaner if you prefer.. I sometimes use Simple Green- works great at getting gunky stuff off.. Take the old toothebrush and scrub all around the inside of the cap making sure you get it as clean as possible.

Rinse the caps and let them dry...

STEP 2: Take Seal Out Of Inside Of Cap

Put some acetone in each of the caps... covering the seal. After a couple hours it will soften and you can lift it out with a pair of tweezers or something like that.  A lot of people use heat to remove the seal but I find it doesn't work as well as acetone.

STEP 3: Drill A Hole

Take the dremel with the small drill bit and drill a hole in the side of the cap for your jump ring.

PS. The dremel is not a must have for this. You can use a hammer and nail to make the hole.. I just prefer to use the dremel because the outcome seems a little neater.

Step 4: Paint and Seal Cap

It's time to get your cap ready to paint!!

Take your caps and line them up. Here is a trick: I have a piece of metal sheet that I put magnets on and I stick the caps to the magnets and this is how I paint them. It's quick and easy and a good way to keep them all there together in one place.

I prefer spray paint... it seems to cover the best and the quickest but if you prefer you can use acrylic paints as well. Depending on the brand, you may need to put on a few coats in order to get good coverage.

After the paint is applied (and dry) and you are satisfied, line up the caps and spray a coat or two of sealer on. I use Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze by Krylon but any good sealer will do.

Now you have your used bottle caps ready to be made into pendants!! Please be sure to check out so that you can make your own gorgeous bottle cap pendants!!

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      nAnce mUra 5 years ago from Calgary, aLberta ,Canada.

      Thank! You I am holding on to them, I hope that I can make good use of them as well. I knew if I held on to them, something good will come.Lol!I certainly well show what I made out of them.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      IM4Keith4sure- Whatever you do...have fun :) Would love to see what you make with them!

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      nAnce mUra 5 years ago from Calgary, aLberta ,Canada.

      Your'e welcome. I knew that bottle caps came in handy for is collecting all those botttle caps that are hanging around .OH! I have some I just have to check my bag of empty bottles that were to be returned for money. There should be some in there. Can't wait to trry them out. IM4Keith4sure

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      IM4Keith4sure - Thank you so much for dropping by! I too look for objects that I can make things from.. it's so much fun. I bet you could do something with those vitamin bottle caps for sure :)

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      nAnce mUra 5 years ago from Calgary, aLberta ,Canada.

      This looks fun to make as, I always seem to keep objects, that I think I can use for something. The bottle cap sounds cool. How about vitamin bottle caps, you can almost place a picture in it and close the cover. I am so excited. I can't wait to try them out. Thanks.

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      izhar qureshi.. thanks for visiting. Do you have a link?

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      izhar qureshi 6 years ago

      i have a lots of material 4 manufecturing any kind of caps so may give me 1 chance???????????? and i can give u best price among those on ur time.

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      Jamie Brock 7 years ago from Texas

      Hi Moonmaiden.. hum.. not sure how to straighten out the bent ones.. I usually scour parking lots and just pick up the ones that are in good shape. That's something to think about...If I figure something out I'll let you know!

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      Fayme Zelena Harper 7 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA

      I was hoping you'd say how to straighten the used caps. I have bunches of them, but they are all bent.

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      Leslie Patton 7 years ago from Texas

      What great step by step instructions! I love this hub!