A few years ago at one of my favorite local festivals, I happened upon earrings made out of bottle caps. I had my hand on my wallet when Chad offered up one of his most used lines: “We can make those.” He tells me this all the time. While I don’t doubt our collective abilities, I know that finding the time to make all these things can be tricky. Nonetheless I listened to him that day and added bottle cap earrings to the ever-growing list of “things we can make.”
Fast forward to last year when our local brewing company Ghost River started bottling its delicious Golden Ale. Their bottle caps feature their haunting and beautiful logo – a spooky silver tree on a black background. I scored some at a concert and so moved bottle cap earrings to the top of the “we are making these” list.
For my earrings, Chad breaks out the power tools and drills a small hole in the top of each bottle cap. If you don’t have access to a drill or a Chad that does, check out this tutorial at a Beautiful Mess. They used an awl and hammer to make their holes. I then clean out the bottle caps with a cotton swab and alcohol before attaching jump rings and ear wires.
I’m lucky to have an in at Ghost River brewing. The head brewer is an old friend, so I made him a deal. If he could get me unused bottle caps, I promised to make his lady a pair of earrings. He came through big time, and my friends are now all sporting Ghost River earrings.
Once you start making these earrings, you might choose which beer to drink based solely off of its bottle cap! I know I do. Happy drinking, I mean jewelry making!!!