|Before: Bottle Cap|
For this project, we embellished the bottle cap with a Menorah to continue our Chanukah theme, but if you do not celebrate Chanukah you can easily create a similar project for your holiday celebration.
|After: Upcycled Menorah Earrings by GeltDesigns|
Plastic bottle cap
Glue and paper or craft sticker
20-gauge brass wire
Size 51 drill bit
Flex Shaft or drill
Wire Wrapping Tools
Nylon jaw plier
Round nose pliers
Mandrel or three step pliers
Flush cutter or a side cutter
Select to identical plastic bottle caps. We picked two blue bottle caps from seltzer bottles, but you can use any bottle cap. Plastic is light weight and yet creates a sizable earring. Look for a bottle cap that has little or no lettering or decoration that may conflict with your design.
Locate menorah stickers or cut out a piece of paper in the shape of two menorahs (one for each earring) and glue the menorah cut-outs to the bottle caps. We decided to create contrasting yellow menorahs, but you can use any color.
|Straighten the Wire|
Feed the 20-gauge brass wire through the drilled hole and make a loop at the end of the wire using round nose pliers. Adjust the loop so it is centered on the top of the wire. Check to be sure the loop is large enough that there is no way it can slip through the drilled hole.
|Harden the Ear Wire|
|Adjust the Finding|
Repeat to create second earring.
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