Thursday, August 8, 2013

Smashed Bottle Caps & Bread Twists for LESSology Challenge # 28

Been smashing, painting, and in general messing around with bottle caps for a month.

Various kinds of caps too. All for our newest challenge over at LESSology! What part of free embellishment isn't a good thing!? Not to mention the recycling aspect!

The caps I used on my layout here are smashed in my Bigshot and colored up a bit with some Ranger Silver, Sail Boat Blue, and Watermelon Alcohol inks. If you have never played around with these before, it's a bit magical. They stick very nicely to metal. I just dripped them on and let them blend together. You have to embrace the imperfections of the cap with the ridges and blending of the inks.

I also colored a brass embellishment with the same silver. Punched a hole through the cap and added a brad. (thanks Lizzy Hill!)

Playing with bottle caps & alcohol ink was a bit addicting! I also made embellishments for some metal clips I found on the clearance rack!

Here is what they looked like originally!

Here is a close up of the clips and also a fridge magnet I made with a larger sized bottle cap from Maya Road. The inner gold circle is a cap from a jar of mushrooms! Made a perfect insert to add some vintage pearls off an old necklace, glitter and some dimensional modge podge over top of a German sticker. These were all painted with the Ranger Patinas which are very similar (just thicker) than the alcohol inks. They also stick nicely to metal. 

Along the same lines of bottle caps, bread twists are also easy to fancy up!

I used some metal tape on these twists that was embossed and then added alcohol ink & ribbon. Tied a little alcohol ink dyed charm at the end of the ribbon!

These were used on a recent page of mine where I made a banner from some recycled mesh and pulled the mesh up through the clips. 

Hope you enjoy this month's challenge, I know I did! 


  1. We no longer have those bread twists because they are considered a choking hazard for small children and as they are on food they could be picked up by a child.... one less embellishment

  2. YOU are amazing.... Ur creativity knows no bounds & I reckon those bread twists are pure magic:):)

  3. My word you certainly have added new life to the clips, they looks amazing, fabulous layout too..

  4. Awesome upcycling, Mitra! Hope you are entering your recycled item projects in Scrap for Help every month :)


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