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Old 09-12-2011, 01:55
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Default attempting bottle caps..

Okay, so I'm going to attempt some bottle caps for bow centers, and I'm looking for opinions on what has worked well for you!
I have seen so many different variations of tuts out there, plus read up on some past threads in regards to this..
Do you use epoxy dots or the kind that you can squeeze on? LOL ... I completely forgot the name(s) of the different kinds of epoxy, so please forgive my lack of formal names..

When it comes to attaching them to the bow center, I've seen a lot of opinions.. The HG tutorial said to use foam disks, and attach with glue. It's very logical to me, but I would think that the foam disks wouldn't be the most secure option..? I've also seen options for felt circles, but I don't see how that would work, with there being a gap between the bottle cap and the bow.. Both of these seem like great options, but I'm curious about how well they work.

Any other advice for bottle caps are very much welcome!
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:14
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Default Re: attempting bottle caps..

I prefer ET Lite, it's a two part epoxy, that you have to mix. If you use this, when you mix it, stir, stir, stir and when you think you've stirred enough, stir some more.

I don't put anything behind my bottlecaps when I attach them to a bow, I just make my center knot a little bulkier. I use E6000 around the outside edge, and hot glue in the middle. The hot glue gives it immediate hold, and the E6000 a more permanent bond.

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Old 09-12-2011, 05:50
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Default Re: attempting bottle caps..

I put a flat wooden disk behind mine...I use the 1'' circle ones you can find at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. I turn the cap over, put a big glob on E6000 on the cap, place a piece of ribbon where I need to to be straight, put a small dab of E6000 ontop of the ribbon, place the wooden disk over the ribbon, and then I press and let it sit a while. I then hot glue the disk to the bow. Never had one peoblem with them coming off.
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:31
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Default Re: attempting bottle caps..

Im sorry for being a novice what is e6000? and what is the HG tutorial?
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:56
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Default Re: attempting bottle caps..

I use a xyron sticker maker to attach the image to the cap, and I like 3D crystal laquer for the glaze. It comes in a bottle with a narrow tip for slow distribution. I use a small paint brush to pull out any bubbles that may be in the resin. and i use E6000 as well to attach the cap- it's a craft glue you can get pretty much anywhere. I run a line of it down the back of the cap and press my ribbon into it, then let it dry (it takes a while) and just hot glue it to the bow. Unless I'm in a hurry or making a ton of bows, then I do the E6000 and hot glue method above.
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