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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Cut out the charms and bake according to the manufacturer's instructions.
The second picture is to show the thickness of the charms.
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.
After baking the polymer, use paints or alcohol inks to add color. Make sure each wine charm has a different color.
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.
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.
Viola. Beautiful, unique wine glass charms. A definite party must-have.