Mary Hettmansperger. In her book, Wrap, Stitch, Fold and Rivet: Making Designer Metal Jewelry, Mary shows how to use a bottle cap as a form for wire weaving. For her project, the condition of the cap is not important, the rustier the better. Holes are punched into the ridge of the cap and wires are poked through to create spokes. These are later hidden by an object placed in the cup which is held in place by bending the cap edges over. This was the pendant I created from that class. The front is layered with a Chinese coin, a washer, a button, waxed linen thread and a couple of stone beads.
After weaving the wire around the spokes, the spokes are hammered and bent to the back of the pendant. You can see here, I've hidden the bottom of the spokes with a Canadian coin and crimped the bottle cap edge over to keep it all together. Instead of a coin, I could have riveted something from front to back and created a double sided pendant. What also works very well is to cut a 1 inch disc from sheet metal and dome it. The doming, for me, helps to achieve a better crimp. But a quarter works very well.
In my next post, I'll discuss my original designs resulting from Mary sparking my interest in bottle caps, my desire to play with resin, and my need to preserve the delicate image on the bottle caps.