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Making Bottle Cap Magnets

I must admit that there is something calming when preparing bottle cap magnets.  Come join me in my journey of making these beauties.  Here was my experience with the whole process.

Materials: 
o  Bottle caps
o  Diamond glaze or Resin
o  One inch hole punch
o  Images
o  Card stock
o  Mod Podge
o  E6000
o  Magnets
o  Tim Holtz Linen and Vintage ink

1.  Prepare your image and punch the images out.
(I make the image small enough so that I can punch out 1 inch circles on card stock.) 

2.  I then distressed the images to make them look old.  
If you are going to draw or write on your inches now is the time to do it because writing on sealed images is kind of tough.

3. Spread Mod Podge inside the bottle cap.

4.  Place your image inside the bottle cap.


5.  Spread more Mod Podge on top of the image.  Be sure to get the edges.

6.  Let these babies dry overnight.

7.  Now is the time for Diamond Glaze.
I think the hard part is trying not to get bubbles.  I held the dispenser upside down and dabbed a little on the side, on a piece of paper, to get the bubbles out before filling up the bottle caps.  I fill the caps all the way to the top.  Let them dry overnight undisturbed.  

What I've learned:
I covered them up overnight so dust or the occasional bug wouldn't get in the glaze but this slowed down the drying process. I don't think this would happen with resin but I'll have to experiment.  So the next day I uncovered them and they started setting.  Yay!  At first I thought the Diamond Glaze was bad and I ruined 48  bottle caps!!! 

8.  Adding the magnet.  Use E6000 for this.  I just dab some glue to the magnet (enough so that some of the glue oozes out when pressed to the bottle cap).
Be sure to place the bottle cap with magnets far away from each other or you will get instant attraction and a whole mess of bottle cap magnet ball. 

9.  Now you have beautiful bottle cap magnets!  

Namaste
Kalaya

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