Introduction: Bottle Cap Wine Glass Charms

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Using some simple materials, bottle caps and polymer clay, create beautiful, one-of-a-kind wine glass charms. Used to individualize wine glasses at a party (or a Tuesday night gathering), these charms will surely set the glasses apart. You can make them for yourself or make them as gifts. Unique and beautiful, these wine glass charms will certainly add some artisnal flair to any drink.

Step 1:

First, gather your materials. You will need:

- bottle caps
- polymer clay (I use Sculpey Premo in white)
- spray paint
- metallic leaf, metallic powders, alcohol inks, stamps, etc for styling polymer clay
- hammer and nail
- jump rings
- wired ribbon
- super glue (I used Precision Glue Pen by Gorilla Glue)

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Prepare the bottle caps by cleaning and drying them.
Coat the outside with primer first and then coat with desired color.
I chose stainless steel.
Allow to dry thoroughly.

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While the bottle caps dry, prep the polymer clay.

For those unfamiliar with polymer clay, it is an oven bake clay that comes in a variety of colors. In order to use it, it must be conditioned first and this is easily done by using a pasta machine. Slice the 2oz. block of polymer clay into four slices and pass these through the machine at the largest setting to soften. When all are soft, combine them together and condition until very workable. 

To make these wine charms, I rolled my clay out at the largest/thickest setting and then folded it over on itself, thus doubling it. This made the clay thick enough to fill the bottle cap.

Once I had my clay conditioned and to the right height, I added some silver leaf and pressed it with a variety of stamps.

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Once I had my designs stamped in, I cut out the charms with a homemade stencil because none of my circle cutters were the right size.

Bottle caps are about 1 inch in diameter so my stencil was made accordingly.

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Cut out the charms and bake according to the manufacturer's instructions.

The second picture is to show the thickness of the charms.

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Now that the bottle caps are dried, it's time to add the jump rings.

I used a nail and a hammer to make two holes for the jump ring to slip into.

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After baking the polymer, use paints or alcohol inks to add color. Make sure each wine charm has a different color.

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To attach the polymer clay charm, apply a small amount a strong glue between the inside of the bottle cap and the polymer clay disk. Allow to dry thoroughly.

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Tie on some wired ribbon to the jump ring. The little bit of wire in the ribbon with allow it to be wrapped around the stem of a wine glass.

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Viola. Beautiful, unique wine glass charms. A definite party must-have.

Comments

short2017 (author)2013-07-03

Beautiful and would make a great gift! I love your how to projects, simple and easy! Without any but if you have this? Then try it but yours are perfect:)

sabu.dawdy (author)2013-04-26

cute

ssuggs (author)2013-03-06

How did you fit the polymer clay into the cap without the jump ring being in the way? Was it just high enough into the side of the bottle cap that it didn't interfere? it looks like it would get in the way

amychristie (author)ssuggs2013-03-06

Good question! I think it might have been a snug fit which I didn't mind. If you do have trouble, you could try scraping away from of the polymer where the jump ring is to make it fit better.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-01-03

These are beautiful charms! I just love them! So bright and wonderful.

thanks!!

scoochmaroo (author)2011-12-30

Ooh, I LOVE. I want to wear them!

amychristie (author)scoochmaroo2012-01-04

i have been trying to figure out a wearable version. maybe soon.... :)

susanrm (author)2012-01-01

So pretty! However, I see no violas - nor any musical instruments for that matter. :-)

mikeasaurus (author)2011-12-30

These look great, I'd love to have some on my wine glass!

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