In my previous post, I talked about the basics of making bottle cap jewelry. Now I'd like to tell you how to make jewelry using liquid polymer clay:
- Find or print an image. Just as with the paper collage bottle caps, you'll want to cut the paper a bit larger than the bottom of the bottle cap. Do any coloring or stamping on your paper image now -- before you put it in the bottle cap.
- Use alcohol inks to tint your liquid clay. Be careful -- one drop goes a long way!
- Use a paintbrush to spread a thin layer of liquid clay in the bottom of the bottle cap. Now smooth the paper image down inside the cap and paint a layer of liquid clay on top of it. Be sure to get liquid clay around the edges to smooth those down.
- Bake at 275° for 15 minutes.
- Add another thin layer of liquid clay and bake again. Repeat if necessary to get the right "look" for your project.
- You're done! Add a jump ring, attach it to a necklace, and just wait for the compliments to come pouring in!
Just a couple of notes:
- I was using recycled bottle caps, and was initially a little worried that the little clear seal inside the lid might not be oven-safe. I didn't notice any fumes or burning when I baked my bottle caps, but if you're worried about it, just buy some new caps that don't have the seal.
- If you want to get rid of the paper, you can do an image transfer to the liquid clay. But if you do that, you may want to add a layer of light-colored clay to the bottom of the bottle cap to make the transfer more visible.
- I used Kato's Clear Medium Liquid PolyClay for mine, but Translucent Liquid Sculpey (TLS) would also work. It would result in a little cloudier image, but that might be just what you need for your project.
- Craft stores sell paint containers that are just like the paint-by-numbers sets from when I was a kid. These are great for mixing and storing tinted liquid clay.
In my next post, I'll share a couple of other ideas for using polymer clay with bottle caps. But if you can't wait that long -- or if you prefer shopping to crafting -- then take a look at CraftyGoat.com. The Yellow Flowers Bottle Cap Necklace and a couple of other bottle cap necklaces are now available.