Friday, January 28, 2011

point "a" to point "b"

... or my treatment of bottlecaps ...




a new bottle cap
 I save them and am known to save them 
so I am gifted with bottlecaps from family and friends
even friends as far away as syracuse and san diego


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a hammered bottlecap
 my backyard patio has a pebbled concrete surface
I find that this is a perfect substrate when I am hammering them:
they get nicely scratched up at the same time


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a rusted bottlecap
my homemade rust recipe is very simple:
lay caps face up in a pan
sprinkle generously with salt
pour hydrogen peroxide over them
let them sit for several hours
voila
rusted bottlecaps

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it saves the trouble of searching sidewalks and parking lots
especially since those are usually going to be corona or budweiser anyway
(boring)
but don't stop searching
... think of them as landlocked seashells ...

12 comments:

ELK said...

i always learn something from you kim .. what a fun recipe to use the caps and great recycling tool as well...

lynda Howells said...

Nice to know l am not the only person that collects bottle tops and them "destroys" them as my family say!xHa
lynda

PAK ART said...

I love your process. I'll be on the lookout for some Alaskan ones for you!

Suzanne Thomsen Newsome said...

Thanks, Kim. I was just getting ready to ask about a to b. Last night as I was hammering away on my steel block, I was thinking, "how does she do that?" :-) Sue

Renee Howell said...

red rusted bottlecaps. a day doesn't get much better than that! Love the photos!

Halle said...

"landlocked seashells" I love that!!!
and you are totally right...I've found a Corona, a Miller and a couple of Bud...nothing cool

deb said...

You realize of course that every time I see a "cool" bottlecap I'm going to think of you. Want to save and send them to you....

Yvonne said...

I will look for some special unique ones for you here in Tx. I should have looked yesterday when I went to Mexico on a day trip with my friends. But I will be going back. I love what you said about them being "landlocked seashells".

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You know how much I love rust. I can't believe you get the neatest old bottlecaps. I end up with the Bud and Busch ones. Even Corona is a step up in my world (grin).

Gayle Pritchard said...

Nice pix! And I would love to trade you saved bottlecaps for clothing tags, which are my obsession: )

Nathalie Thompson said...

I can't get enough of your bottle cap posts! Collecting them is one of my MANY obsessions. :)

rebecca said...

landlocked seashells...i think of myself as one some times,
not a bottle cap, the landlocked seashell!!