Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fun To Wear Hardware

What do you get when you pair a
rusty piece of hardware with a vintage bottle cap?

Jewelry, of course!

 I found some cool old hardware at the thrift stores and from a fellow blogger who just happens to have a store only three miles from my house. Barbara Jean at Treasures From the Heart has some of the best rusty, chippy pieces of anything and everything.

I found some bottle caps from another blogger friend.
Linda at Itsy Bits and Pieces had a fabulous collection of them
and I was lucky enough to snag a few.

The first step was to hammer the bottle cap. I used a regular carpenter's hammer to lightly tap around the edges of the cap.
I continued working my way around the cap
until the edges had curled up.

Then I hammered the center area with the ball end of a ball-peen hammer to create a concave area or a "well".

The cap looked like this once I finished hammering it.

I filled the "well" with ICE Resin®. I rubbed the hinge with wax and buffed it. And then once the resin was cured I used
an epoxy glue to adhere the cap to the hinge.

I glued a piece of brown suede to the back of the pendant to cover the glue that showed through the holes on the back.

And then the fun began!
I embellished the hinge with wire and gemstones.

I added a black suede cord and finished it off
with a handcrafted hook and eye clasp.

I've designed several more of these Fun To Wear Hardware pieces but I have plans for them and I will have to keep them a secret for now!


  1. LOVE it, Kathy! You have such a wonderfully creative talent! Thanks for the shout-out! I'm looking forward to seeing more!

  2. FANtastic!! How long are you going to make us wait to see the others?....I can hardly wait. I love the combo of the hinge and bottle cap. Using the hinge/hardware is brilliant.
    <3 Christina

  3. Great pieces...and so fun to see how you did it.

    Thanks for the shout out and linking to my place...so appreciate it. =)


  4. These are adorable you always come up with the greatest pieces...

  5. Came over from Gotta Create. Very envious of that bottle cap collection. I think caps are miniature pieces of art and you raised them to high art with these mixed media pieces. Beautiful!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  6. Very nice pieces, Kathy!

    Barb's hidden gem of a store is awesome! Glad you are finding fun things to create with.. Blogging is great for networking and meeting life-long friends... :-)

    Cheers! See you soon...

  7. Ok call me crazy...but it looks like an old phone to me!! Really neat....

  8. This is gorgeous! I just love the industrial vintage-y feel of your jewelry! Hope you stop by and join in the fun at my under 300 followers blog hop @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2012/07/under-300-followers-blog-hop-9.html
    I am your newest follower~
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  9. I'm impressed! You're very talented. Who would have seen just fabulous jewelry in a pile of old hinges and bottle caps? Gorgeous!!

  10. love, love, love this piece! so creative!

  11. Wow, love stuff like this - it looks pretty awesome!

  12. Love how this turned out! I love the look of any type of rusty hardware too! Thanks for sharing. Found you via a blog hop and am now a new follower!

  13. LOVE these!!! So cute and clever...I want one :) Laurel

  14. Found you from the Knick of Time blog hop! Your work is WONDERFUL! Thanks for blogging!...I will be following!

  15. Hi there, oh, I really love your jewelry! I will be coming back to visit your shop, thanks for sharing!

  16. awesome! i need more hardware!

  17. Another fun piece! I kept seeing bottle caps while hiking last week. I should have picked them up for you!


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