Hello friends! We are back at it this Sunday with some crafty content. Today I will be showing you how I made some bottlecap magnets filled with resin. I like to keep metal bottlecaps and finally found a good use for them! The first steps was to remove the rubber/wax gasket inside of the top of the bottle cap. I wanted a flat surface inside the bottlecap so I used a heat gun to soften up the rubber/wax. In some bottlecap brands, it peeled out easily, while in others I had to use a small screwdriver to scrape it out.
In addition to the regular-sized bottle caps, I also had some mini caps that my mother had given me that I decided to make mini magnets out of. Here's a mini cap beside a normal bottlecap for scale.
Once I cleaned out the caps, I used my Cricut to cut some circles out of fun sparkly paper to fit inside the caps. The larger caps needed a 1 inch circle, while the mini ones needed a 1/2 inch circle. I glued the paper down with a bit of Gorilla Glue but was not too worried about it being stuck down perfectly as the resin would also weigh the paper down.
I then used a variety of stickers and resin embellishments to decorate the inside of the caps. I used some SuperGlue to help keep the decorations in place.
I then filled the caps with resin. I have talked about resin a lot before so I won't go into details here. I used the same type of resin I always do, a 2-part epoxy resin where you mix equals parts hardener and resin by volume. From this point on, all pictures you see of these magnets will have them full of resin. As its clear, its a bit hard to tell on camera, but I promise its there! After the resin dried, I needed to attach the magnets to the back. I bought some small, super strong magnets on Amazon. Before gluing them down, I used some sandpaper to scrape the metal of the bottlecaps a bit to help with the glue's adhesion. I then used some Gorilla Glue to attach the magnets, letting them dry overnight.
Once everything was dry, I decided to package up the magnets so that they were ready for selling. I have some clear plastic envelopes that are made for a standard-sized card, but I decided that these would be a good option to package up the magnets as well. I cut a piece of paper the correct size to fit inside the sleeves to attach the magnets to.
I then made some cross cuts into the paper using an X-Acto Knife so that I was able to push the magnet through the cut. I used some tape to keep the magnets in place from the back.
I then cut another piece of paper to slide behind the magnets to cover up the messy tape and holes.
And here they are all packaged!
I was so happy with how these came out that I decided to make a few more! These have been filled with resin but have not had the magnets attached yet.
I think these are very cute and I love how they look all packaged up! Let me know what you guys think in the comments below! Also, if you are interested, please keep an eye out as these should be popping up on the Etsy shop sometime this week ......
P.S. Today's photo on the homepage is from Pexels user Miguel Á. Padriñán:
Happy Sunday everyone!
The day has finally come ..... the Etsy shop is live! You can check it here: www.etsy.com/shop/patternedpaperplate?ref=shop_sugg
Thank you all for your patience as I got this up and running. I am pretty nervous, but also very excited to start this new chapter of the Patterned Paper Plate! Even if you are not interested in buying anything (which is totally fine!) please take a second to go check out the shop and leave any suggestions in the comments below here about what you think would make it a better shopping experience. The shop is a bit sparse at the moments besides the listings, but I will be working to add more detail to it in the coming weeks. If you ever need to find the link to the shop again, you can click on my "Shop" tab at the top of the website.
Thanks again to everyone who supported me!!
P.S. Today's photo on the homepage is by Pexels user Kevin Bidwell:
I am a 26-year-old crafter and baker from New Hampshire!