This is the first piece I have made from a beer bottle cap and I am loving it. I enjoyed making it and love the outcome. I don ‘t drink beer very often, but have friends willing to donate their caps. They get to drink beer and help a jewelry designer at the same time – a win, win. This particular bottle cap was given to me while I was at Penland along with some others. I could not resist the red on orange, I loved the bicycle with its headlight, and so it was the first to be made into jewelry.
Bottle caps are not difficult to work with if you have a few tools. First you have to snip the fluted sides so the cap will flatten out. A hammer takes care of getting it flat. Then you need to boil them for 5-10 minutes to make the plastic liner come out. Some liners are resistant, others give up without a fight. At that point, the bottle cap is ready to be cut into the desired shape and set. I cut two identical squares from brass. One became the backing. I cut an opening in the other to make a small square frame for the pendant. I riveted all three pieces together and drilled holes to hang the key and to attach the necklace.
I suspended a variety of crystals and glass pearls in red, orange, pink, and bronze tones from the brass chain I selected. I think the key adds the perfect finishing touch.