Make these retro-look refrigerator magnets with
bottle caps, charming images, and clear casting resin.
as a button – or a bottle cap. These magnets are vintage all the way,
with happy children's faces in a retro bottle cap settings. The casting
resin adds a permanent sparkle. Don't you love recycled crafts?
images (Adobe PDF file), about 1” X 1”, printed on photo
Bottle caps – the twist-off kind from soda.
Clear casting resin and catalyst. You’ll need a
1-oz measure and a disposable mixing container.
Small adhesive-backed magnetic discs.
Craft knife and cutting mat, or scissors.
A good old 25-cent quarter as a circle template
– or a 1” circular craft punch.
the quarter as your template, trace a circle on each image. Cut them
Glue each image inside the bottom of a bottle
cap, using the contact cement.
the casting resin with the catalyst, following the manufacturer’s
directions. You’ll need about 1-oz for six caps. (This stuff sticks.
Protect yourself, your clothes and your table.)
Fill each bottle cap to the rim with resin
mixture and let dry for 3-4 days.
Stick the magnetic discs on the backs. If you
have to glue them on with contact cement, let them dry overnight.
Twist-off bottle caps are better than the
pry-off ones, because those usually end up bent.
measure 1-oz of resin without ruining your measuring cup: Measure 1-oz
of water into a disposable plastic cup (non-waxed). Mark the water
level on the side with a marker, dry out the cup, then pour in resin to
You’ll be tempted to shortcut gluing the images
the caps, thinking the resin will hold them down. But no - the resin
will get under them and push them up. VOE (Voice of Experience)
You can create thumbtacks, too! Just use strong
contact cement to attach thumbtacks to the backs.
of the thematic possibilities! Lucky symbols like shamrocks, Christmas
pictures, flowers, dogs or cats, spell out a friend’s name… whee! Give
them as gifts, stuck inside a small metal box.
Leftover casting resin? You may want to use it on these Flower
Faces Pots. Just an idea...