|Before: Beer bottle caps|
We used the bottle caps "as is" without any further decoration. We simply drilled the bottle caps, made links and findings and constructed the bracelet... but you can change the look entirely by decorating the back of the bottle cap with decoupage or by using the bottle cap as a bezel and filling the bottle caps with resin, polymer clay or the item of your choice.
Beer bottle caps
16-gauge round brass wire
Drill and size 41 drill (.096) bit
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Needle files or wire rounder
Steel bench block
Select the bottle caps and determine the order used for the bracelet.
|Mark bottle cap with center punch|
|Drill beer bottle cap|
Use round nose pliers, bail forming pliers or a mandrel to make large "S" shaped linked from the 16-gauge brass wire. We made four links to piece together the five bottle caps.
File the ends of the wire until smooth using the needle file, wire rounder or a cup bur and flex shaft. Place the links on the steel bench block and hammer with the rawhide mallet to harden the links so they retain shape.
|Make clasp and attach to bottle cap bracelet|
|Assemble the bottle cap bracelet|
Assemble the bracelet parts.
Make Cuff Links from Beer Bottle Caps
Make Earrings from Plastic Bottle Caps
Make a Necklace from Plastic Bottle Caps
|After: Bottle cap bracelet by GeltDesigns.com|
How to Select a Cup Burr
"500 Bracelets: An Inspiring Collection of Extraordinary Designs (500 Series)"; Lark, 2005.
Day 111. Month 5. Jewelry from Found Objects. $ spent: 0
Found materials: beer bottle caps
New Jewelry a Day.