Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Altered Swap

This month over on UK Stampers there altered swap is bottle tops.
I had no idea what i was going to make until a few days ago when typically as i was just packing up and about to go to bed the idea struck me {ideas always seem to appear as I'm packing up!}

I would make a bracelet, and instead of bending the tops outwards i would bend them inwards {obviously to remove the sharp edges away from the skin!}
And here is my finished piece...
{sorry for the multiple pics but i got carried away with the light box and couldn't decide which pic i liked best so you have all 3 lol}
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I cut out some small circles from an old book page, stuck then in the centre of the tops, then folded in the edges of the tops using a small pair of pliers.
Next i popped a hole in either side of the top using my crop-a-dile.
I cut & bent some common garden wire to become the links, adding a paper bead to each wire and then attaching one top to the next.
I completed by topping each top with some UTEE direct from the melt pot, it went quite amber as it had been heated for quite a while {it was the remains of the UTEE from my paper beads project}
I added a small clasp and hoop so it could be worn.
And that's it... any questions please feel free to ask.
I hope whoever receives it like it!
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15 comments:

craftytrog said...

Looks fab! Never thought to use pliers on bottle tops, great idea! x

Claireabelle said...

Fantastic Nicky, it looks amazing!

Hazel said...

Gorgeous - so clever. and lots of other lovely crafting. x

Paula said...

what a wonderful piece - keeping my fingers crossed that I might be the lucky person who recieves it!!

Sid said...

Lovely bracelet and so original too !

Allotment Lady said...

Very, very clever - must look out for 'common garden wire' the stuff I buy for 'art' or jewellery is very expensive.

Sarah said...

very cool!

Anneliese said...

this is brilliant ... what a fab idea ! ... I have a pot full of bottle tops waiting for an idea ...this may well be the start of things :D

Sue said...

What a brilliant idea with the bottle caps and it looks so great too! x

Hazel said...

This is so gorgeous, and lucky me, as swap hostess I have actually seen it IRL. It looks like something you would buy from some funky Brighton jewelry shop- I think you should make some for Etsy/Folksy/ebay :)

Fiona Whitehead said...

Wow - this is gorgeous - lucky whoever gets to own this.

Angelnorth said...

Looks great Nicky! Love those text beads in between the bottle caps!

Angelnorth said...

Looks great Nicky! Love those text beads in between the bottle caps!

crafty creations said...

It's brilliant Nicky would love to receive this in the swap!!

Agnes the Red said...

LOVE THIS! the paper beads make very nice links especially as they contain text like the centre of each bottle top....very cleverly done.
Ange x