I've been wanting to experiment with resin, for, like ever. It all started when I fell in love with “The Incredibles” movie and really wanted a necklace with the logo on it. Apparently it didn’t exist though. So for years I’ve had it in mind to make my own using resin. Bottle caps are an easy way to try your hand at resin-casting because you don’t have to remove the resin from the mold. The mold is your piece of art. You can use the bottle caps to make pendants as well, but that requires soldering and drilling holes in metal and I just didn’t have the energy for that. So I simply hot-glued pins to the back. This is a very basic tutorial, as most of your instructions are going to be from the resin kit you buy. I purchased this resin kit from Michael’s, and while the instructions were extremely intimidating, I found the process very easy. And VERY MESSY. Also, I don’t have pictures of the actual process because I hastily decided to do this on a rare day that I was home alone, and you can’t exactly pause during the process to photograph. What you need:
- Bottle caps (I had about 40, but this resin kit could probably fill 50-60)
- 1” circle punch (worth the money; you don’t want to cut out 1” circles by hand)
- Graphics, slightly larger than 1” in diameter (you can use magazines, photos, things you find online, or the Harry Potter and Hunger Games graphics that I designed which are supplied below)
- Beads or glitter or other found objects, if you desire
- Pin Backs
- Hot glue
- Resin kit
For the resin mixing, you’ll want:
- 2 plastic (non-wax-coated), straight-sided/flat-bottomed cups
- 2 stirs (I had wood skewers on hand, so I used the blunt end of those)
- 1 measuring cup that you either don’t mind cleaning with solvent, or you can throw away (I used ½ cup and that worked perfectly)
- 1 measuring spoon (I didn’t do this, but I think I will next time; I’m guessing maybe ½-1 tsp.)
- Plastic gloves
- Mask, if you’re so inclined, or pregnant or something
Faster Method for Bottle Cap PinsUPDATE with an alternative method! What You Need
- Bottle Caps
- Image (see above or make your own)
- 1 Inch Circle Punch
- Dimensional Magic
- Craft Glue
- Pin Backs or Necklace Bails
- Print and cut out your images.
- Glue into your bottle cap.
- Add a thick layer of dimensional magic and let dry for 4-24 hours depending on how thick a layer you used.
- Glue a necklace bail or pin back onto the bottle cap!