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Artsy Fartsy Friendly Fun at Beadniks

Welcome to the 2nd Artsy Fartsy Friendly Fun! Check  out the post here for a full explanation of Artsy Fartsy Friendly Fun.   Maria McGuire and I had a phenomenal time exploring the Beadniks store in the Mall of America last week.  We both bought all sorts of chains, wires, tools, and beads.  Our challenge this week was to use anything we purchased there.  This was the perfect challenge for me because it motivated me to use what I bought instead of just doing “someday”.  Isn’t it great when friends motivate friends!

I had grand plans for the complex necklace or bracelet and then reality hit.  It hit in the form of my hammer.  Let’s just say there were things flying all over the place while my patience began to fade. I ended up practicing on an old bottle cap.  This is a great way to get out any frustrations!






Flattened and holes drilled in the bottle caps.




Just a few drops of these colors and the bottle caps look completely different!




This is the first layer.







This paint/ink covers extremely well and dries quickly allowing for layer after layer of color.






Using the tools I bought at Beadniks, I made a pile of jump rings and began assembling the necklace.






Come on over with me and see what Maria made with her goodies from Beadniks!

PS I just checked out Maria’s jewelry- wow!  She keeps it elegant- I can’t wait to get home from work today to make a bracelet like hers!  Linking up with Inspire Me Monday and Creative Every Day.

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  • Corrine September 24, 2012, 6:23 am

    These are amazing. My first glance is that they were glass of some kind with really funky edges, bottle cap wonders is more like it. This will be so much fun to wear. xox

  • Linda Starr September 24, 2012, 8:10 am

    What a super necklace. And I thought they looked like ceramic beads or glass, so cool and it is nice to have someone to motivate you, I have lots of sewing projects that I really should finish but alas no motivation to do them. Ha.

  • Carol September 24, 2012, 9:23 am

    Wonderfully creative use of bottle caps ~ have tried this to make earrings ~ will try again ~ not familiar with the paints you used? Patina? ~ (A Creative Harbor)

  • Maria McGuire September 24, 2012, 10:11 am

    WOW!!!! Now I want to do what you did!!!!! Maybe I should have pounded a little more to get those frustrations out–what a fabulous necklace. The color is fantastic. Totally FUNKY and Mixed Media at it’s finest. Isn’t amazing how we both did something entirely different??!! I am so lucky not only to have you as a friend but to be inspired by you all the time! Can hardly wait until our next challenge!

  • Jessica September 24, 2012, 12:21 pm

    so so cool! Love this.

  • Bleubeard and Elizabeth September 24, 2012, 1:11 pm

    This is SO clever. I had never heard of those Patina paints/inks, but I like the look you got when you used them. You made me want to get my metalworking tools out again. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Marja September 24, 2012, 1:17 pm

    Marvelous Carolyn.
    Lovely greet

  • AJ September 24, 2012, 2:50 pm

    What a creative way to recycle/upcycle. Well done Carolyn
    Big love
    AJ 🙂

  • Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours September 24, 2012, 8:55 pm

    Would never have guessed those were bottle caps. Impressive! Would definitely be great fun on the grumpy days ….

  • Diana Evans September 24, 2012, 9:22 pm

    this is such a unique piece….love it!!!!

  • Cynthia September 25, 2012, 7:57 am

    Your necklace is awesome!! I thought at first they were polymer clay beads! I LOVE the look you achieved with bottle caps, of all things!! SO COOL.

  • Rita McGregor September 25, 2012, 10:30 am

    I never would have guessed these were bottle caps!! Never, ever! This is so cool! And I always love any project that recycles. 🙂

  • Marjie Kemper September 25, 2012, 11:53 am

    What a transformation! I had no idea the patinas layer so nicely. I need to pull them out and play. What a gorgeous necklace!

  • Carin September 26, 2012, 12:04 pm

    Bottle caps?! Never would have guessed. When I first saw it I thought it was glass or enamel! Fantastic job Carolyn!

  • Dave September 28, 2012, 8:25 pm

    Wow. Love the idea, what great fun (smash!) and the end product came out looking fantastic.