How to make bottle cap props from the Fallout series.

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

Hydrogen Peroxide
Wire wheel for your rotary tool

<p>wow thanks for the help but for the photos of the logo could you get a picture that when printed off ACTUALLY FITS THE CAP ITS TOO SMALL but otherwise thanks</p>
<p>open it in GIMP or photoshop and resize them</p>
Thanks for the tips
anyone know how to go about selling these with out getting sued
<p>etsy it works great just make shure you say that nuka cola caps arnt owned by you</p>
<p>Really great instructable! Got me a new keyring for when I get my car!</p>
<p>These are my first batch! Thanks for the instructions!!!</p>
<p>Gave this a few diffrent tries. I think the best so far is using a tiny bit of super-glue instead of elmers and coating it with clear nail polish. it makes the paper a tad transparent, and really adds to the weathering! </p>
<p>I've made a top of these and every other fallout related thing I can think of. </p>
<p>Hey! These are AWESOME! They'll be great for my Fallout themed wedd recep! Have you thought about using Modpodge instead of Elmer's glue? The gloss version of Modpodge would be perfect!</p>
Thanks! I pretty much use ModPodge and Elmer's interchangeably. Or which ever one is closer.
If I were to do this to filled bottles, do you think the labels would survive a bottle opener? Thinking about having a bunch of dusty cold bottles available at a party.
If you put a thick enough clear coat on the caps it should be OK. Use something food safe however. A few coats of Elmer's glue....or if you are very carefull a few coats of clear fingernail polish might work. Just don't get any on the actual bottle.
this is brilliant im going to be making some fallout new vegas props soon as well <br>
Two questions: <br> <br>Is it pure hydrogen peroxide? <br>And what do you mean with 'Rinse with some water and marvel at house hole chemistry.' ?
It's standard household Hydrogen Peroxide, Whether it is pure...I don't know I don't have one in front of me to look at. And what I mean by &quot;Rinse with some water and marvel at house hole chemistry.' is once it's sat for three hours or over night or however long you leave it you need to rinse off the salt and hydrogen peroxide. The rest is kinda self explanatory if you look at the pictures and read the page. But in case you didn't understand. The Salt and Hydrogen Peroxide will oxidize the exposed metal of the cap, giving it that 'authentic wasteland look.'
Thanks! I wanted to make a stimpak out of tin cans and let them have same wasteland look.
will it ruin the weathered affect if you accidentally leave the solution in the fridge for like an hour<br>
not really...Just don't spill or drip the hydrogen peroxide on ANYTHING. It will &quot;bleach&quot; what ever it hits. I've frequently left mine over night. Just makes the bare metal rustier.
How do you size the caps on the paper right? Mine end up being to small.
ummm...i made them the right size. If you are clicking fit to paper in your print window or are not use US Letter sized paper then you might be screwed with out a little resizing....<br><br>What I did is in GIMP...drew a bunch of circles different sizes...Find out the closest size to your bottle cap.Use that one as a size comparison and re-size the other ones.
hey geek father, can you tell me when you are going to post the other caps. i dont want to foget about it and never get around to never making them so i was just wondering. cool instructable by the way. the caps look awesome!
Ok they are up now. Enjoy. If you have any suggestions feel free.
Thanks Darkness. I would have updated the Prop thread on the outpost too but it seemed to be down earlier.
looks great Geek!

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