Bottle Cap Art

I was a little surprised by the number of examples of bottle cap art that I found on the web.  I had expected this post to contain more of a variety of bottle cap items.  However, the sheer number of objects out there made it more practical to focus mainly on art.  Future posts will focus on other uses for bottle caps.

Kotik Precious Metals

YoavKotik of Kotik Designs makes amazing and beautiful jewelry using bottle caps.

Bottle Cap Necklace by Kotik Design

Bottle Cap Necklace by Kotik Design

Bottle cap art spotted in Portland by Apartment Therapy

Bottle Cap Art in Portland Via Apartment Therapy

Bottle Cap Art in Portland Via Apartment Therapy

How Can I Recycle This? features a work by artist, Jennifer Houck, as well as, some advice for recycling/reusing bottle caps.

Jennifer Houck's Bottle Cap Art via "How Can I Recycle This?"

Jennifer Houck's Bottle Cap Art via "How Can I Recycle This?"

Though it seems that the Ring Pull Project is now defunct, Refashinoso has a great article about the project.

Ring Pull Belt by the Ring Pull Project Via Refashinoso

Ring Pull Belt by the Ring Pull Project Via Refashinoso

Recycled Bottle Cap Pocket Mirror (tutorial!) from Craftbits.com

 

Bottle Cap Mirrors by Craftbits.com

Bottle Cap Mirrors by Craftbits.com

Interesting Ideas features some bottle cap art/objects — unfortunately, that’s about all I can tell you about it.

Image from InterestingIdeas.com

Image from InterestingIdeas.com

Artist John T. Unger makes colorful mosaics that include bottle caps.

John T. Unger's Mermaid with Bottle Caps

John T. Unger's Mermaid with Bottle Caps

Rick Ladd’s Bottle Cap furniture via Motley-Focus.com.

Unfortunately, the images don’t do these pieces justice.  Most of the images I found look like scans from magazines or catalogs.

Rick Ladd's Bottle Cap furniture via Motley-Focus.com

Rick Ladd's Bottle Cap furniture via Motley-Focus.com

The Brookston Beer Bulletin features some great bottle cap art.

Bottle Cap Bed Via the Brookston Beer Bulletin

Bottle Cap Bed Via the Brookston Beer Bulletin

Tom Deininger’s bottle cap installations.

Tim Deinginer's Bottle Cap Installation

Tim Deinginer's Bottle Cap Installation

 Bottle Cap-Covered Panels by Blair and Peter

 

Bottle Cap Embellished Panels by Blair and Peter

Bottle Cap Embellished Panels by Blair and Peter

Bottle Cap Giraffe at the Smithsonian

 

Bottle Cap Giraffe at the Smithsonian

Bottle Cap Giraffe at the Smithsonian

John Petrey has a gorgeous collection of dresses made of bottle caps.  You’ll have to click to see as his site doesn’t allow sharing of photos.  It’s really too bad as I suspect not many of you will even notice this link.

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Crochet Around It: Cameo Tutorial

Many years ago, my boyfriend’s mother gave me a bunch of little cameos.  I believe she said something like, “If anyone can think of a use for these, you can.”  Sometimes I think she has much more faith in me than I deserve.  It’s taken me ten years (did I mention that I’m slow??), but I’ve finally decided what to do with them — well, sort of.

If you follow the Fates’ Guild portion of this blog, you may know that I like to crochet around stuff.  Thus it is no big surprise that I have crocheted a holder for one of the cameos (along with a few other things).

Cameo, Amethyst, Button and Glass Nuggets

Cameo, Amethyst, Button and Glass Nuggets

Crocheting around tiny things is not for the faint of heart (or large of finger!). The cameo I started with is one of the largest in my collection.  It is 3/4″ tall.

Cameo with Dime

Cameo with Dime

This tutorial is for a rectangular cameo.  In the future, I will post tutorials for covering oval-shaped cameos, round buttons and maybe some other shapes.

This tutorial is probably not great for beginning crocheters.  This is mainly because  your object is not likely to be exactly the same size as mine, so you will have to adapt the recipe to fit your object –literally.

Materials I used:

1 rectangular cameo
Vintage tatting thread (Star brand; 6 cord; shade 125)
No. 6 (1.00 mm) crochet hook

Row 0: Chain (ch) 13 (alter the number of chains to fit the length of your object)

Row 1: Single crochet (sc) in second ch from hook; sc to end (12 stitches total — or chains from row 0 minus 1)

Row 2: Turn; ch 1;  sc to end (12 stitches total)

Repeat row 2 until you have a rectangle that is the same size as your object.

Crocheting the Back Cover

Crocheting the Back Cover

Ch 1; sc, in front loops only, all the way around the rectangle.  This may be challenging on the sides as there aren’t really front loops.  Just do your best — the idea is that you are building a little wall around the base you just created. Slip stitch (sl) in the first sc to close.

Ch 1; sc around; sl closed.

Ch 1; * sc 1; sc 2 together (tog). Repeat from * all the way around (don’t worry if you end up with two scs at the end).

Put your cameo in the holder.

Ch 1. Sc 2 tog all round (or include sc as needed) to snug-up the cover.

Finish off. Use it in some fantastic way — attached it to a bracelet or necklace with thread or a jump ring; display it in a bowl with other baubles; use it in a shadow box or other art…  If you are so inclined, share what you do with your cameo or other crocheted object.

Have a drink. You did it!!

 

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Necktie Novelties

Artful Ties

I have to start with this one because it is an entire blog devoted to making stuff out of neckties.

Am I Behind the Times?

Maybe I am…way, way back in 2008, Threadbanger.com ran a feature on necktie art/uses posted a feature on neckties.

Gorgeous necktie chair via threadbanger.com

Gorgeous necktie chair via threadbanger.com

Necktie Valentines

from Craftstylish.com.

Necktie Valentine via Craftstylish.com

Necktie Valentine via Craftstylish.com

From Tie to Tie

via makeit-loveit.com

From neck to bow (tie) via makeit-loveit.com

From neck to bow (tie) via makeit-loveit.com

A Draft Dodger That Keeps You Warm

HisForHeather.com teaches us how to keep the cold outside.

Necktie "Draft Dodger" by H is for Heather

Necktie "Draft Dodger" by H is for Heather

Necktie Quilt

from greenupgrader.com

GreenUpgrader.com's Necktie Quilt

GreenUpgrader.com's Necktie Quilt

A Repurposed Tie Event

Necktie place mats and napkin rings by Craftstylish.com

Necktie Place Settings by Craftstylish

Necktie Place Settings by Craftstylish

Necktie Art

This fantastic work of art is the creation of Isaac Amala & Liz Simpson. Please visit their website for more examples of their beautiful work.

Necktie Art via artbusiness.com

Necktie Art via artbusiness.com

Another Collection of Cool

from boredblogalmighty.com

Tie Dye Eggs via boredblogalmighty.com

Tie Dye Eggs via boredblogalmighty.com

You Were Always on My Neck

HomeWorkshop.com made a necktie neck roll.

Necktie Roll Pillow by HomeWorkshop.com

Necktie Roll Pillow by HomeWorkshop.com

Necktie Fashion

Sadly, outsapop.com doesn’t allow easy copying of images.  I say “easy” because, well, I AM a web designer by trade, and I have many ways of “borrowing” images from other sites, however, I think it’s disrespectful — if I can’t right-click and copy, I don’t take the image. I say “sadly” because without a pretty picture to entice them, many people won’t even notice this link to outsapop.com where there are some very cool photos of necktie fashion.

This is clearly one of those subjects I’m going to have to revisit.  I must go for now.  There will be more ties another day.

 

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