8/5/13

Bottle Cap Chime

A friend mentioned that she was making a bottle cap wind chime and my mind started dancing! The principle is so simple and it can be put together in an infinite number of ways. Part of the fun is finding the bottle caps and the topper.

I ordered some soda caps on Ebay so I could get a fun variety and didn't have to wade through oodles of soda. Using an awl and a small hammer, I punched a hole in two edges of each cap. This was a fun camping activity and I grabbed a piece of firewood to punch into. There are over 150 caps in this chime, so it took awhile.


Then I used pliers and jump rings to attach the caps into long chains. Thicker rings worked a little better, as the caps have a tendency to slip off smaller ones. You could use wire and create your own as well.

You can use a vintage colander, tin or pretty much any old thing as a topper. I found this Hills Brothers coffee tin from an antiques vendor and punched holes along the sides and top to attach to my bottle cap chains.



These are so fun, I HAVE to make some more!

30 comments:

  1. Aaaaaamazing! Love it!

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  2. absolutely amazing... love your blog so much and thrilled to have found it via Artsyville and Crescendoh...xx

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  3. I love this collection of Bottle Caps! You must have folks help you save them! Smiles, Cyndi

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    1. Anonymous11/29/2013

      Omg this is to cute....gotta have one...

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    2. I ordered this assortment from Amazon...along with the rings and a punch tool. I happen to already have this exact antique coffee tin. Can't wait to get started!!

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  4. GREAT IDEA! And so colorful, too ( :

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  5. Anonymous5/15/2014

    Will they get rusty?

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  6. They're not rusting much at this point. I imagine some are aluminum but those which aren't may get rusty over time.

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  7. Anonymous6/06/2014

    Thanks for this! My son collects bottle caps (we have millions I'm sure), so this is a perfect project to use and enjoy some of them. His dad is bring him some from his trip to Africa, so that will make a nice trip souvenir.

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  8. I love it, I have a "crap-load" of bottle caps, I will be trying this for sure.

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  9. cindy94506/11/2014

    Great proj Just one question ....How do you make the holes in caps?

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  10. I used a small nail and hammer and punched thru from the inside.

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  11. Kelli, this is awesome. Sadly I've seen it all over Pinterest without credit to you, but with a google image search I was able to find your original post :) I shared this on my Facebook page here and it did extraordinarily well https://www.facebook.com/CraftsbyAmanda/photos/a.353593675216.349539.323548680216/10154261971965217/?type=1 I hope you got some traffic from it, I originally included the wrong link (had an extra L at the end) but fixed it as soon as I realized it. I also shared it on Google + this morning. I really feel that artists need to be credited for their work when people share their stuff. It's so frustrating that people upload images directly to Pinterest! GAH! Oh, and last note, I have that EXACT same coffee can that I picked up from a flea market a few weeks ago. I plan to make one like yours and will absolutely link to you from my blog post when I do. :)

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  12. Anonymous7/23/2014

    Such a GREAT idea!!!!

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  13. Anonymous7/26/2014

    Kelli~ Do you remember what size jump rings you used? Did you get them at a hardware store or did you use the kind for making jewelry?

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  14. Anonymous7/28/2014

    I say thanks for posting as a blog with directions how you did it - all I was finding were ones that are for sale so already done and no instructions.

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  15. Thanks Amanda! I'm really enjoying mine...I hear it gently chattering outside my window right now. Jump rings...got them on eBay for another project but they were too big. You need to make sure they're big enough to go through two bottle cap edges. I think maybe 11mm? Working on a whole bottle cap tree right now. Some pix on facebook.

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  16. Thank you so much Amanda!

    Jump rings maybe size 11mm, got them on eBay.

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  17. What did you use to hang the whole thing from? I think this is great and have a great collection of bottle caps and a friend who would love this. Thanks for the post!

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  18. Denise Capps9/03/2015

    Do you sell these??

    Thanks
    Denise Capps

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  19. What size jump rings did you use?

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  20. Can't remember but they are pretty large.

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  21. I love your bottle cap chime. Great job doing that. I like bottle caps to, I use them when I have to repair my roof. I nail the nail through a bottle cap, so my tin or whatever I'm putting up there wont blow off so easily. Judy

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  22. I love your chime and i have been saving bottle caps too make one. They just always seem to be bent. Wanted to say thank you on what size jump rings to use and where to find them.

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  23. Sorry to say I've looked at my history on ebay and can't find what size jump rings I purchased, but they are pretty large. They need to accommodate both edges of the caps. Probably around 12mm?

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  24. Did you do something to flare the edges of the caps? I've been saving caps since I first saw this and now I am a sahm I have time to do it!

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    1. I didn't do anything to the caps--some are used and some are unused. Either way should be fine!

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  25. Here's a tip for everyone...if you want to place yours in the sun or elements, spray the caps with a uv protectant (look for a clear gloss spray) so they'll be protected. The sun can be vicious!

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  26. I have bars save them for me

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