How to Make Earrings Out of Bottlecaps

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Introduction: How to Make Earrings Out of Bottlecaps

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One man's trash truly is another man's treasure! Here is one way to take old bottle caps and turn them into accessories. We totally rocked them pirate style! Paint them black like we did, or even paint colorful designs. For more information on this project and more, check out the video! For more DIY projects, subscribe to Threadbanger on iTunes!



Materials:
4 Bottlecaps
Old Magazine
Hammer
Nail
White paint, other colors as well
20 gauge silver wire
Earring pieces

Step 1: Preparing the Bottle Caps

Place a bottle cap right side facing up on the magazine. Use the hammer and nail to make a hole in the middle.

Take the hammer and bottle caps outside. Starting with the wrong side facing up, flatten the bottle cap. Flip it over, and flatten some more.

Step 2: Painting the Bottle Caps

Take out some white paint and paint a base coat on both sides.

When they're dry, paint them again with the color of your choice.

Step 3: Adding the Wire and Earring Parts

Take out some 20 gauge silver wire and cut off two even pieces.

Put one end of a piece of wire through the loop of an earring piece so that one side is longer than the other.

Cross the wire over each other under the loop of the earring piece.

Take the wire and loop it through the earring piece one more time to hold it in place.

Thread the shorter end through one of your bottlecaps and twist the end of the wire up into the spiral. Repeat to the other end of the wire, and you're done with the first earring!

Finish the second one, and you have a pair of trash-turned-treasure earrings!

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    12 Discussions

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    beadydani
    beadydani

    10 years ago on Step 3

    Ditto that, apart from that love the tut.

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    JustTaz
    JustTaz

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I use bottlecaps for numerous projects. When I pound them, I pound the edges inward, thereby doing away with the rough edges... If something is going to be in close contact with the skin, I will further adhere a circle of coordinating felt on the back side.

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    paulpcc
    paulpcc

    11 years ago on Introduction

    not bad :) i think if you give it a couple of coats of thicker paint, you'll loose the sharp edges as they get smoothed off. if you need to get hold of bottle caps, try asking a friendly pub to save them for you.

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    lozzie_pie
    lozzie_pie

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    yeah, i was wondering wat to do to stop my neck being cut to pieces... :P also, you can buy bags of bottle caps at shops like woolworths, safeways, big w .... probably walmart... (i dnt know cos i live in australia)

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    JohnMichael
    JohnMichael

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Neat. I have been wondering what I could do with all those bottle caps. I have done jewelry work before. I will probably come up with more ideas now that you have got me started. Thank you for sharing.

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    Badger8
    Badger8

    11 years ago on Step 3

    Wire should be cut with wire cutters - safer and neater.

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    artifactwire
    artifactwire

    11 years ago on Introduction

    I'm just a little worried about sharp edges. Are you able to flatten them all out?

    Nifty idea! I wonder if they could be used to make buttons, basically doing the same thing, except only 2 holes in the center for threading. Big buttons can be pricey....I think I will try that for the winter coat I'm planning to make. Thanks for the idea!