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A LITTLE SPARKLE with a secret: recycle crafting

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As if this jeweled accessory isn't cute enough, but for more fun it has a secret:  A little trap door in the back to hide a note or a picture of someone special.  And we are recycling with the use of an old squeeze bottle cap.

Use these message lockets to spice up a pair of jeans, a backpack, your lunch box, wear it as a pendant or use it as a key chain.

Step 1: SUPPLIES:

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SUPPLIES:
  Squeeze bottle cap
  Wire  -  24 gauge craft wire
  Beads
  Hot glue & Hot glue gun
  Duct Tape
  Drill & Small Drill Bit
  Head pins - jewelry findings
  Floral arranging marble or large round bead
  Hook & Eye

Step 2: DUCT TAPE:

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You are going to need to cover the hole in the squeeze cap, and the best way to do this is with a small piece of duct tape.  Cut it to size and stick it inside the cap.

Step 3: DRILLING:

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For this project I used eight holes and then one for the hook & eye.  Just drill straight through the cap.  One hole for every head pin you want to use.

Step 4: THE DESIGN:

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I tend to keep jars and jars of beads around, so I find that it is always important to make sure that I have enough of a specific bead for an entire project before getting started.

String the pattern onto the head pins leaving enough room at the end of the head pin to fit through the squeeze cap and have a twist made to the end to keep it in place.  I have added a picture of this below to help explain.

Step 5: SECURING HEAD PINS:

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For each pin you will need to secure it in the cap with hot glue.  This is a tedious process, but is important for the overall look.  Add a blob of hot glue on the head pin curl.  Make sure to stick a finger on the head of the head pin and push the pin tightly into the cap.  That way as the glue dries, the beads will be nice and tight.
 
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sunshiine10 months ago
I am sharing this with my daughter! So cute!
sugarsnout2 years ago
I love this!! It is such an awesome little locket! I'm going to make some for sure!!
cdawisconsin (author)  sugarsnout2 years ago
Thanks =)
cool cool cool cool cool cool I think that that is adorible
Mrballeng3 years ago
This is good thinking at it's best.
Mr.Sanchez3 years ago
HOORAY FOR OUPCYCLING...****
CrLz3 years ago
Very cute, really clever hidden compartment. Nice idea!
Duct tape may not be the "best" choice for closing the inside of that "well" because it would leave a sticky residue, but then if you are putting a small picture in there...

It's a nice piece of work anyway.