How to Make Bottle Top Badges

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Bottle tops were invented in 1892 by William Painter. Over a hundred years later, his idea is still going strong in countless different ways – just like these very effective bottle top badges – that can also easily be turned into earrings, pedants or magnets. Why not get the kids involved with pictures of their favourite cartoon characters, or their own drawings? The possibilities are endless!

Photography and tutorial by Thea Wilkins and Suki Price.

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Step One

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How to Make Bottle Top Badges #BottleTopBadges

Sift through your cards, magazines (and so on!) and select a suitable image. Use your punch to cut out the perfect circle! Now put a dot of glue on the inside of the bottle top and fix your image into place. Leave to dry.

Step Two

How to Make Bottle Top Badges #BottleTopBadges Take one of the epoxy domes and press it into place in the centre of the bottle top.

Step Three

How to Make Bottle Top Badges #BottleTopBadges Glue the brooch back into place on the back of the bottle top. Leave it to dry for several hours until the glue is hard and clear.

Step Four

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Wear your badge with pride and make a load more – believe us, it’s impossible to just make one! Invest in some charms & embellishments and make use of odd earrings and chandelier drops to create a more glitzy version of the basic badge. The hole for any such ‘drops’ can be made by using a jewellery drill or the tip of a sharp pair of scissors.

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Top Tips!

  • Clear glass domes give a more ‘up-market’ feel – but these are usually not self-adhesive so use spray mount glue instead of PVA for the best results.
  • When you’ve exhausted your old cards and magazines, ‘ready to go’ Cabochons are available to buy and can be found in a vast array of wonderful designs.

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