Introduction: Bottle Cap Magnet
I collect bottle caps. It isn’t an exciting hobby, but it’s hard to stop once you get started. My collection includes quite a few repeats, mostly because many projects that use bottle caps require a mass volume of them. One exception would be refrigerator magnets. This project only needs a 6-12 pack worth of caps, although it looks a whole lot classier when there are no repeating colors or brands. They don’t need to be your favorite drink because you are looking for display worthy artwork.
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First, you must choose your caps. This can be fun if you are starting from scratch. You can buy your beer based solely on the cap design if you are the adventurous type. This will also give you a record of your beer trek. Next, you will need magnets, mine are from Wal-mart. They were the thickest they had, but they weren’t thick enough so I needed cardboard to act as a spacer between the cap and the magnet. I found that a pizza box worked well for the spacer as well as a work surface. Don’t use a washer or a nut unless it is the plastic type, this will keep the weight down. Finally, you will need glue. I used hot glue, if I had to do it over again I think I would use gorilla glue just because I often drop fridge magnets and gorilla glue is tougher.
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Now that you gathered your materials, cut the cardboard into pieces that will fit into the cap. Then, glue them into place. After the glue is set, glue in the magnet and hold firmly until the glue is dry. This should leave you with the magnet slightly past the edge of the cap so it won’t scratch the surface of the fridge. Repeat as many time as needed to fill your fridge with your new art work.
Enjoy your new artwork.
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