No, I did not paint the caps. I got them online at Design Originals. You can also find them pretty cheap thru ebay. Sometimes you may not find ALL the colors there, though. I had gotten a PM and replied to that person that I don't have FORMAL instructions, but I would be more than happy to answer questions and help out with making the necklaces. Just not really sure how much everyone knows and what questions they have. I will make up a supply list and post it, though.