There is a question amongst fans on what the caps should look like. Let me lay it out for you.
Now a little debate about the color scheme. The best picture we can get from any of the games is the one I added here. Its a Caravan bet interface from New Vegas. These caps show a brass like cap base while the Nuka Cola label has a black outline.
In game if you zoom in on a full bottle it is just a black cap.
If you zoom in on a loose cap in game its a Nuka label, no outline and on a silver base.
Since it is the best picture a lot of prop builders are going with the Caravan Cap now. But to me it doesn't really matter. Companies change designs all the time and I just put it down to that. (as part of my suspension of belief while playing.)
Now if I am going to add a cap to a bottle or mod one already on a bottle I'll probably go with the caravan cap. (the one with the brass coloring, black circle and red Nuka Cola label. On the other hand if it's just to have a collection of caps in a bag as a display or cosplay piece then I don't think it really matters. In fact variety is good. Keeps everything from looking like it came from a distributor. Heck They don't all have to be Nuka caps for that matter. Throw in a Bawls cap. Sunset Sarsaparilla caps, Gamma Gulp, your favorite micro beer cap. It's a game. If you plan on making these then your a fan of the game. (or just have a strange thing for bottle caps. Ok maybe not so strange. There is a guy who collects his belly button lint on the web ((shudder))
Anyways, sit back and enjoy the Instructable.
Step 1: Getting them Caps!!!
No this isn't how to utilize a glich or how to cheat your way to 1mil caps n game. What we want is real life bottle caps.
You want Standard Nuka-Cola bottle caps featuring 21 crimps and ridges. That is if you want to be nit picky and count the crimps on every different brand of cap you get. Some people do want accuracy though so I added the this fact.So far, all mine have 21. They range from Coke to beer to Mikes hard lemonade.
Get some caps. Ask at your local bar (21 and over please) If you have a friend that is a bartender it helps. You can order them online too, but whats the fun in that. Or just drink a lot and save up the caps until you have a decent amount. A LOT of soda! Don't go get a case of beer then blame your hang over on me. Drink in moderation folks.
You will also need:
Glue (I use Elmer's white glue and or Mod Podge)
Some people use rubber cement but I find its just as easy using white glue. I like the way it softens the paper just a tad so you can get the edges down a little better.
Black Sharpie (FINE TIP)
A small flat paint brush to apply the glue.
Finger nail File. (one of those foam core ones. Ask your wife, Girl Friend, Hair stylist or the gal at Wallmart in the Isle with all the bathroom stuff. (no not the towel Isle. The Isles with the toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, razors, ect. An no it doesing have to be Wally world. I'm sure the dollar store has them too. Well maybe. Some might.)
Red, Silver, Black, and/or Bronze spray paint
Wire wheel for your rotary tool