In an earlier article of our Spotlight series, we covered epoxy penny projects. This week, we'll be showing off some projects of the another common choice for embedment: bottle caps.
Bottle caps projects are popular for a few different reasons.
For one, they're easy to position and adhere to your substrate at the beginning of your project. This is convenient for making sure things go smoothly.
Secondly, the shape and texture of bottle caps makes them bond with epoxy resin very well; there's no issue to be concerned about there. They'll also look good when the epoxy has fully cured, as you can see with the included photos in this article.
Additionally, the design variety is unparalleled. Many thousands of different beverage brands have their own custom bottle cap designs which embody their brand, each of which may vary and change over years of marketing themselves.
This makes collecting and displaying these bottle caps interesting, as a scattering of them can become a full on collection without any duplicates.
Are bottle caps harder to use than pennies with epoxy?
They may be, but only just a little. Because bottle caps have a deeper form than U.S. penny coins, they tend to require a thicker epoxy seal coat than usual.
You'll just want to adhere the bottle caps to your substrate first using a basic glue like Elmer's—don't use hot glue or super glue; those can react to epoxy in negative ways.
Then you apply your seal coat like usual, but make it thicker around the bottle caps to ensure that they get fully sealed. You don't want extra air bubbles forming around them.
Other than that, it's pretty simple, and you'll complete the remaining steps like you would with any other typical epoxy project.
Remember: Don't limit yourself
One thing to keep in mind when designing your bottle cap project is to consider the pattern and how you'll be using them. If you choose to use only bottle caps and cover most of the substrate surface, it will look good.
However, if you want to go beyond that, you can do interesting things. For instance, using each bottle cap for its color and positioning them to form different patterns and shapes can be a means of expression.
You can mix and match bottle caps with other art or objects to form a theme. You might decide to convey a sports theme by including memorabilia or photos and pictures of baseball related items. Perhaps you enjoy card games and want to deliver a poker-themed epoxy table using the bottle caps for color or as a border around card-related paraphernalia.
The point is that the choice is entirely yours, so don't limit yourself if you have the desire to do something more elaborate like that.
With that said, let's take a look at a few of the projects we've seen in recent years.
Our epoxy bottle cap project spotlight:
As you can see above, there are various methods and preferences to how users of our UltraClear Table Top Epoxy arrange their bottle cap displays, and this is just the tip of the iceberg of what's possible.
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