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Make Bottle Cap Necklaces with Rusty Bottle Caps

Updated on April 16, 2013

Use Rusty Bottle Caps to Make One of a Kind Pendants

I'm on a rust kick lately.* First, let me say that I think the patina of rust is pretty. So, lately I've been making bottle cap necklaces with rusty bottle caps.

I walk around with my long-handled magnet and find junk. It's a veritable treasure hunt, I tell you! Mostly I find nails, screws, and wire, and lots and lots of bottle caps. Sometimes I get lucky and find nice rusty bottle caps.

The pendant shown here is nice and simple. I found this MGD Light 64 bottle cap in this exact state--nice and flat and rusty. I brought it home, gave it a bath, and made it into a bottle cap necklace. Keep reading to find out how easy this is.

*I recently wrote about dyeing fabric with rusty objects and how to make a wire cat with found objects.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Bottle Cap Necklace with Rusty Bottle Cap - Use Bottle Caps with Great Graphics

I love the font used for the writing on this bottle cap.
I love the font used for the writing on this bottle cap.

Some rusty bottle caps are better than others. Sometimes the bottle cap has been laying in the alley or field or wherever you find it for so long that it's totally rusty. That can be good, but I love finding ones like this "Victoria" beer bottle cap. Love that font!

When I found this bottle cap, the yellow portion (toward the top and right side) was folded over. I used my flat nose pliers to pry up the edges of the bottle cap so it would lay completely flat (or mostly). The portion of the cap that had been folded over was protected from the sun, so it wasn't bleached white. That detail makes the patina even better, to me.

How to Make Bottle Cap Pendants - It's So Easy! Click a small image below to enlarge it.

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Punch a hole at the "top" of the bottle cap. Determine where you want to add the jump ring or bail to find the "top."Open jump rings with one or two pair of flat nose pliers. Slip the jump ring through the hole in the bottle cap then close it. I find using two pair of pliers helps make it secure. I hold the jump ring with pliers in my left hand and with pliers in mAdd a sealant like Mod Podge to the rusty bottle caps to keep the rust from touching the person who will be wearing the pendant.
Punch a hole at the "top" of the bottle cap. Determine where you want to add the jump ring or bail to find the "top."
Punch a hole at the "top" of the bottle cap. Determine where you want to add the jump ring or bail to find the "top."
Open jump rings with one or two pair of flat nose pliers. Slip the jump ring through the hole in the bottle cap then close it. I find using two pair of pliers helps make it secure. I hold the jump ring with pliers in my left hand and with pliers in m
Open jump rings with one or two pair of flat nose pliers. Slip the jump ring through the hole in the bottle cap then close it. I find using two pair of pliers helps make it secure. I hold the jump ring with pliers in my left hand and with pliers in m
Add a sealant like Mod Podge to the rusty bottle caps to keep the rust from touching the person who will be wearing the pendant.
Add a sealant like Mod Podge to the rusty bottle caps to keep the rust from touching the person who will be wearing the pendant.

Craft Supplies You'll Need to Make Bottle Cap Pendants - Get Creative

Tools, findings, and bottle caps needed to make bottle cap necklaces.
Tools, findings, and bottle caps needed to make bottle cap necklaces.

The supplies needed to make bottle cap necklaces are minimal. This photo shows what I use. You may already have some or all of these supplies on hand.

Left, from top to bottom: bottle caps

Center: hole punch, ball and chain with connectors for necklaces, jump rings

Right: jewelry tools, including two pair of flat nose pliers and a wire cutter, also called a flush cutter

Missing from the photo: sealant, like Mod Podge or any craft sealant and paintbrush

Supplies for Making Bottle Cap Necklaces - Jewelry Tools--Buy Them Once and You're Set!

You don't need many tools to make these bottle cap necklaces and pendants, but you do need a few. I tend to use two pair of flat nose pliers when opening and closing jump rings, but if you're handy, one will work.

The center punch works great to punch holes in the bottle caps, but a nail and hammer will do the trick as well. The flush cutters work great to cut the chain when using ball and chain to make the necklace portion.

Hang Your Bottle Cap Pendant on a Necklace - Let People Know Your Favorite Drink

A great way to show your personal style is to show off your favorite drink, whether it's beer, water, tea, or soda pop.

But you'll need a necklace to hang it on. Dress it up with a silver necklace or silk cord. Or you may want to go the more casual route with hemp or waxed linen.

Use Distressed Bottle Caps - They Don't Have to Be Entirely Flat.

Rusty but not entirely flat.
Rusty but not entirely flat.

The bottle cap shown here isn't entirely flat. So, I decided to use it as is, instead of hammering it flat. It is raised in the center, and I think this gives a nice look to this distressed but not all that rusty bottle cap.

The pendant's colors and words are subdued and faded but still readable.

Findings for Making Your Own Bottle Cap Necklaces - Findings are the pieces that help you assemble jewelry.

With any other craft, jewelry making allows you to make things your way. In your style. That's a big part of the fun!

The Tim Holtz word sticks and philosophy tags will make your bottle cap necklaces fun and unique. And the bails can be used instead of jump rings for a fun new look.

Purple Star Winner

On March 27, 2013, this article won

a Purple Star honor. Thanks, Squidoo!

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This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

Do You Like the Rusty Patina on These Bottle Cap Necklaces? - Or Is Bright and Shiny and New More Your Style?

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      These are definitely unique! Congrats on your purple star.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      One person's trash is another person's treasure. I loved the thorough, step by step approach of this lens. Pinned to my jewelry board and blessed.

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      Liked and blessed; just like you!

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      Loretta 4 years ago from United States

      These have way more personality than the ones that are made with the shiny new bottle caps that were never actually on a bottle. Definitely more fun :)

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I think you could start a trend with these funky looking bottle cap necklaces. Fun.