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Monday, June 15, 2015

#CRAFTS WITH ANASTASIA--BOTTLE CAP JEWELRY WITH GUEST AUTHOR CONDA V. DOUGLAS

Conda V. Douglas had a childhood filled with authors, artists and goats in the kitchen, buffalo bones in the living room and rocks in the bathtub. Now she fills her life with writing, cooking and jewelry making. She writes the Starke Dead cozy mystery series for adults and the Mall Fairies series for tweens. To learn more about Conda and her books visit her blog. 

How to Make Bottle Cap Jewelry and Magnets
Bottle cap jewelry and magnets can be wonderful as gifts for all sorts of occasions. A baby shower? Give a bottle cap pin with the photo of the new mom as a baby! Maybe pins for all the attendees! How about making a bunch of Christmas bottle cap ornaments? Give out bottle cap magnets for a Halloween treat! Do six magnets with lovely, perhaps even personal, sayings printed on fun paper and place in a nice little metal box for a fun gift. Or bottle cap magnets for an easy project for your child's class? The limit is your imagination.

Materials
bottle caps (available at craft stores or collect your own)
1” circle epoxy stickers (made for bottle cap pendants and available in craft stores) or varnish
1” circle punch
super glue
1/4" pin backs, earring backs and/or magnets
images (available in craft stores specifically for bottle caps or use magazines, greeting cards, stickers, wallpaper, etc.)
beads, buttons, charms, glitter glue, etc. (optional)

1. Using the circle punch, cut out desired image.

2. Glue the image into the bottle cap taking care to smooth out any wrinkles. Note: Don’t use too much glue and don’t saturate the paper, but make sure the glue covers the entire back of the image. Allow to dry.

3. Place a 1" circle epoxy sticker on top of the image or coat the image with clear varnish. Allow varnish to dry.
 
4. If desired, glue object such as miniature charms or beads within bottle cap or add glitter glue around the inner perimeter of the bottle cap.

5. Attach pin back, earring backs, or magnet to back of bottle cap.

The Mall Fairies 3-Book Bundle

The Mall Fairies: Exile
Teenage fairy Swoop risks everything to protect her best friend from being exiled from their shopping mall home.

A Foodie Fairy’s First Foray
Pudge is exhilarated about her first day as a Foodie Fairy, until, one after another, food-filled disasters descend.

The Mall Fairies: War
Fairies, pixies and humans together! Will following their dreams lead to war?




The Mall Fairies Sweet Tooth Cookbook

Swoop here, one of the main characters from the tween fantasy series, The Mall Fairies, with a little bit about this cookbook. The fairies and pixies of The Mall Fairies series inspired our author, Conda, to write this series of Mall Fairy short stories, each with a (real) recipe from the story. So, here's the cookbook chock-a-block full of fairies' tales and fun, easy and most of all sweet recipes! Chocolate molasses cake, banana bread, sugar cookies, pumpkin pie and more delightful desserts await you here. 

7 comments:

Conda Douglas said...

Thank you so much for having me on your blog!

And I'd love to hear from all those crafty people out there about what they've done with bottle caps? Or would like to do?

Plus if you visit my blog I have a new recipe up, Carrot Cake Muffins. (I've noticed that crafty people often are creative in more than one way, and so many love to cook!)

Beaj said...

Hi Conda,
Great ideas with the bottle caps. I received a gift from my American friend that you may add to the bottle cap projects. She covered the outside of the caps with assorted Christmas fabric, tucked to the inside and glued. She then glued them to a piece of coordinating felt in the shape of a Christmas tree and trimmed around he outside edge and voila a wonderful Christmas ornament..

Conda Douglas said...

Wow, love that idea, Beaj! New Christmas tree ornaments this year!

Angela Adams said...

Awesome crafts!

Conda Douglas said...

Thanks Angela--and really easy to do. I sometimes make some up to give away with my books!

Kathy McIntosh said...

Conda used me as a guinea pig for trying out this craft project a couple of years ago. It really isn't hard, but my poor fingers and brain are not crafty. Took a bit longer than she'd imagined, but I GOT IT and I made some cute pins. And I like the Christmas ornament idea.
I am a good cook, so I'm off to catch that recipe.

Conda Douglas said...

Yes, I can attest that Kathy is not crafty but a fabulous cook!