Bottle caps are abundant and pretty much everywhere so why not make good use of them? Whenever you can its always good to reduce, reuse, and recycle so I'm going to show you how to make a cool and easy to make bottle cap necklace. This is a great gift for family and friends and you can customize the bottle caps with anything you want. Give it to a special someone on valentines day or wear one yourself to show your creativity and that you care about our planet. So what are we waiting for let's get started!
Step 1: Materials Needed
For this project, you will need a cheap chain necklace (I got mine from Walmart for $5),16 bottle caps preferably the same size and color, Craft glue, Light blue acrylic paint, Leaf green acrylic paint, a drill, a 3/16 inch drill bit, a bowl, and a small paint brush. These materials costed me no more than $10 and acrylic paint can easily be found in the Walmart craft section. If you want to use different colors besides light blue and leaf green feel free to do so.
Step 2: Painting the Bottle Caps
Squeeze one color of the acrylic paint into the bowl and using the paint brush carefully and evenly paint 8 of the 16 bottle caps. Wash the bowl and paint brush to repeat the process with the other color. Your probably going to get a little "colorful" so lay down some sheets of paper before you start painting. Let the painted bottle caps dry for 24 hours.
Step 3: Drilling the Bottle Caps
Using the drill and 3/16 inch drill bit, carefully drill through the middle of the sides of the bottle caps all the way through to the other side. Pick off the excess plastic with your fingers or a file. If a 3/16 inch drill bit is too hard to get through the bottle cap for you, start with a smaller bit and build up from there until you used the 3/16 inch drill bit. Wear gloves because if the drill slips away from the bottle cap, your fingers are going to be in some serious trouble!
Step 4: Remove the Pendant
Look at your chain necklace; if there is a pendant on your necklace remove it by sliding it off the end of the chain by by opening the necklace. If this does not work for you, you will need to use wire cutters to carefully cut the pendant off of the chain necklace. If your chain necklace does not have a pendant, than this instructable will be one step easier. :)
Step 5: Threading the Bottle Caps Onto the Necklace
Open your chain necklace and find the smallest end of the necklace. Now using a Light blue colored bottle cap, thread the bottle cap through the chain and all the way around to the other side of the necklace near the end. Using a Leaf green colored bottle cap, repeat the process until the Light blue and Leaf green bottle caps are touching. Repeat this process over until all 16 bottle caps are on the chain. To make the job easier I used the 3/16 inch drill bit to poke the chain through the holes.
Step 6: Spacing the Bottle Caps
This is the easiest step! Spread the 16 bottle caps evenly around the necklace and then turn the necklace upside down so the undersides of the bottle caps are facing upwards. Now was that too hard? ;)
Step 7: Gluing the Bottle Caps
Using your craft glue, glue the points where the chain and bottle cap meet inside the underside of the bottle cap. If you have excess glue, use a paper towel to wipe the excess away. Let the necklace dry and come back to it in 24 hours. Hooray now you have a Bottle cap necklace! I hope you have fun with it! Don't forget to please vote, feature, comment or do whatever else you want to do!
Happy Bottle Capping ;)