Thursday, January 20, 2011

Recycled Bottle Cap Magnet Tutorial

One of the great things about where I work is that I am surrounded by a group of very creative people who are very open with sharing their ideas. So to give credit where credit is due, the inspiration for this tutorial came from Susan from Sew Country Designs.

Recycled metal bottle cap
Recycled color magazine
White Glue
1 Quarter
1” wide clear tape
Recycled magnet (free business card magnets or giveaways will work, if not you can buy magnets at craft stores)
Aleene’s Paper Glaze
E-6000 Adhesive

  1. Use the quarter to trace a circle around an image from the magazine. Take the tape and carefully place a piece over the circle.

  2. Take a small piece from the cover (which is usually a heavier weight paper) and mount it to the back of the traced image with a light coating of glue. Trim out the image circle.

  3. Glue the back of the circle and place it in the bottle cap. Place the quarter over the image to stop curling until it is completely dry.

  4. Starting along the edge and moving in a circle, apply an ample amount of Aleene’s Paper Glaze. Continue around the circle, working your way around and inward until the image is coated.

    Be careful not to shake or move the glaze too much because it will form bubbles. If bubbles form you can take a pin and carefully pop them. Your image will appear cloudy at first, however as the glaze dries it will become clear.

  5. Cut a piece of magnet that will fit on the back of the bottle cap.

  6. When your glaze is completely dry (I usually let it sit overnight to be sure), take the E-6000 adhesive and glue the magnet to the back of the bottle cap. Let it dry several hours before you use your magnets.