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How do you perfect bottle cap necklaces...

My daughter and I are trying to make some necklaces for her friends.  We are having 2 problems that are occurring.  1. after we glue the picture inside the bottle cap.. we wait about 10 minutes to let glue set then pour resin on top... after several hours of the resin starting to dry  the pictures start to lift up..
2. we are having problems with the colors bleeding.. espicially if there is white involved... the colors seem to dull!
How long does it normally take for resin to set?
Please help!
Thanks so much!
Mom and Katie!

goofy592 years ago
Hi!
I use the art institute clear glue to layer the photo image into the bottlecap - I then use the resin epoxy domes to seal the image. I first punch out the 1" circle design from my sheet (lots on Etsy under bottlecap sheets) and then place the epoxy resin dome on top of the image, sealing is instant (you can buy these again from Etsy or Ebay on sheets of 10) Then I use my hole punch to make a clean hole for the jump ring and thread onto a silver ball chain or any chain that you wish to use! I hope this helps! I also use diamond glaze if I want a wet texture to place objects into and then let dry - I use the glaze for layering tiny watch pieces into, drys a treat overnight! Good luck!!

ps) if anyone can suggest a very strong glue that I can use for bonding my pins to the back of my bottlecaps, I would be grateful...I sell them but the odd brooch pin has come off.
fahey3 years ago
I know this is months later but I recently have spent days attempting to make a kid friendly bottle cap that looks nice and I hoped someone could benefit from my frustrations and money spent. For bottle caps using cardstock as a base I found gluing it with clear drying tacky glue worked followed by modgepodge and diamond glaze. If you can't find diamond glaze (I have to get it off the internet) then try glossy accents sold at meijer, joanns,etc. Glossy accents is thicker and is slightly easier to control but also is slightly more likely to get bubbles. I found it still worked well. With ink jet photos I had issues. I finally decided clear super glue was the best for adhering to the caps. As for the bleeding I tried the sealant spray, modge podge, even beeswax based chapstick. The winner for this is judikins microglaze. You use your finger to spread it on your image then top with diamond glaze. I chose not to mix any resins or epoxies because I have tweens who want to make them. Also, you can purchase a 1/16" hole punch at your local craft store to make the holes for the split ring. I began using a hammer and nail. Then you had to file the sharp edges. The tool is waayyy easier. I hope this information is helpful to someone:)
fahey fahey3 years ago
Just another note I used clear nail polish instead of microglaze when I was in a jam then topped with diamond glaze and it was a success.
kemperjl4 years ago
I use marine epoxy-it doesnt make the colors bleed. However you do need to glue the picture down 1st. I like to add small trinkets too. It cures very clear and comes in pint-quart bottles. Look up marine/boat-building supplies on your search engine.
I use mod podge, elmers glue, or clear nail polish to seal my pictures first, (back and front)
and to keep it glued to the cap, I use modge podge or elmers glue.
I also apply a top coat after the picture is set in the cap.
I use enviro-tex epoxy and it takes about 72 hrs to cure completely.
I really love the clear nail polish for my pictures, it drys so fast and its super clear.
Hope this helps
Purepanache,
1.   I use a gloss photo paper with my ink jet printer.
2.   I spray coat it with a gloss spray to seal the paper so it will not bleed.
       Krylon triple gloss.
3.   After using a 1" circle hole pinch you need to seal all around the edges.
       This is one of the keys to stop the bleeding and blurriness. I use    
       Modpodge or Golden's Gel medium.
4.    With this heavy weight paper you can use the gel medium to glue the
       paper down.  YOU MUST ALLOW IT TO DRY COMPLETELY. Or it will turn 
       out milky.
5.    I use Easy Craft Resin. It is measured in 2 equal parts.  At takes 48 hrs to 
       cure perfectly.  You can use a blow dryer to help blow the bubbles out.  I  
       I use a straw to blow them out.  But the Resin is very TOXIC don't allow
       children to use a straw.  And you need good ventilation.
I hope I was helpful.  Bottle caps are fun but to have a perfect one it takes time and patience.  You can but collage images that are down loadable on Etsy.com
They are on the average of 2.00-$3.50 .  Have a great time.

1) What are you using for glue? Epoxy can take anywhere from 5 minutes to 48 hours, PVA glue should really be left overnight (or longer if it's a thick glob), rubber cement never really dries, Super Glue dries pretty fast, etc...

2) What are the pictures made of? Watercolor markers on paper? Color inkjet prints? Magazine cutouts? Professional photographs? The issue with color bleeding is most likely caused by the picture and the resin together, not just the resin.

You'll need to read the package to see how long your resin will take to dry. Different brands take different lengths of time to cure, Also, the amount of catalyst you mix in will impact the curing time. Too much and it will cure quickly, but will be brittle and yellowish. Too little and it may not cure at all.

purepanache (author)  RavingMadStudios4 years ago
We are using an arts and crafts glue for home  crafts , it is called zip dry paper glue, fast drying glue for paper arts that doesn't wrinkle the paper... we are using pictures that we printed off of our computer  inkjet printer..
What would you suggest? 
I've never worked with the zip dry glue, so I'm not really sure what kind of cure time would be best before adding resin. I'd probably give it more than 10 minutes, though, just to be safe. I usually default to overnight unless I'm in a really big hurry. If that doesn't solve your curling issue, maybe try using heavier paper, like a cardstock or a really heavy photo paper (if you're not already using heavy stock).
I'm going to guess that your color bleed issue is caused by the inkjet printer ink. If the ink is soluble in the resin, that will cause bleed. I've had the same problem with inkjet prints and spray polyurethane before. You might look into Redesign's suggestion of sealing the pictures with spray lacquer (actual lacquer, not clear polyurethane). You could also try taking the pictures to Office Depot or a copy shop and having color laser copies made (or print them on a color laser printer - same thing). The laser toner might resist the resin better than the inkjet ink. Or it might be even worse - it's worth a shot, though.
As far as resin goes, I have most often used Castin'Craft brand, but that's really only because it's what my local stores carry. I don't think it makes a huge difference, as long as you follow the instructions for the brand. For very small quantities, you can get away with clear slow-cure epoxy, if you mix very carefully to avoid air bubbles
It may help to seal the picture first with a thin spray of lacquer.