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Old 07-09-2011, 01:16
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I love the advice you give. I to make my own bottle caps and i use almost all the secrets you have given to others. Yes it is very time consuming and i get pretty pissed when i see a little girl with a falling apart bottle cap because the maker did a half a** job on it.
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Great advice! Thank you!
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Ha ha it takes time. And Yes have ruined a few batch. It's a science with each resin. But practice made perfect!
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I've been really wanting a like 9/10" hole punch so I can secure the image better to the cap! I also have found the sometime less is wayyyy more.
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I make bows and bottlecaps. I have never used the dome stickers. But several of my customers hate them. I would too if I bought bows with them. I had several bow makers ordering caps from me then they started making their own with the stickers. Eventually they came back after all the neg feedback from their customers complaining about the images coming off their bows. I agree with your entire post. To each their own but the xyron sticker maker is such a time saver. I would hate to glue each individual pic with anything else.
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Old 07-09-2011, 04:07
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thanks for sharing! the thing I never knew was about the cutting the image to get the dome to stick! thanks for that advice!!!
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My very first batch I threw out. Close to 200 caps!!! I absolutley love to make them!!! It has been a year and they are way way fun. I stick with the flattened caps because they are much easier.

I mean no disrespect to those that use them but I have not seen a good bottlecap made with the domes. The flattened ones are ok but the regular caps it just doesnt work. I agree with three blessings on the domes.

What is the most caps you all have done in one setting??
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I have a 7/8 punch But I don't use it for bottle caps. I use it for glass domes. I only use Colores on bottle caps and I can do about 250 at a time. That's how many I can fit in my oven or I would do more!

Your tips are great, but even if we told someone exactly how we do it, they would still have to go through their own trial and error to get them just right.
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LOL! All the above info is why I will continue to purchase finished bc's! I admire those of you who make them and make them well. I know I could get very into making them but honestly, part of me knows there would be much hair pulling and gnashing of teeth and my patience would surely run out on me.
So, my sanity thanks all of you sells them to the rest of us!
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I have been making caps for quite a while. I started out with doing only images on the "inside" of the cap. Then since moved on to images on the "outside" of the cap as well.

Definitely agree its trial and error and takes alot of patience. For me, it was easier to make caps on inside then it was on outside but I kept trying. I can't tell you how many I had to throw out. But as with everything good...its a process. I am one of those that painstakingly (is that a word LOL) glued each and every one of my images to the cap and use resin (making about 250 at a time) I love how glossy my caps look and my clients appreciate the time I put into them and they say that it shows in the product.

I have just recently bought a Xyron sticker machine but got the big one (5") for $20. I don't think I need one this big so I may go purchase a smaller one. I am still trying to figure the machine out (how to change the wax paper, the top sticky paper, etc) but I have found that it does save time from having to glue each image to the cap. As with every new toy, I will play with it until I figure out what works best.

I do keep domes on hand but mostly only use them when I need to make quick caps at a show. But if I had to choose, hands down, I would use resin.
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