Here in Utah, neighbors leave gifts by your front door at Christmas-time. This never happened in Denver or San Diego, so I'm thinking it's (another!) Utah thing :)
This is something I like to make and give out to our neighbors. I put the finished product in a cello bag and tie it with ribbon, to which a printed card with the following poem and recipe is attached:
Merry Christmas from the Thorsen Family!
This Puppy Chos is so yummy; You might want to have more! Here is your shopping list... But beware -- you'll be making galore!
1 12-ounce box Crispix 1 can honey-roasted peanuts 1 bag pretzel sticks 1 package almond bark (one to 1.25 pounds)
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl, melt almond bark in medium bowl in the microwave. Pour melted almond bark over dry ingredients and mix. Spread out on wax paper to dry (about 3' of wax paper should suffice).
Guess what/where this is... if perchance more than one person has the correct answer, I'll choose one lucky winner to choose a coffee cozy or $7 worth of goodies from my etsy shop! Will wait until Sunday.
This is the final installment on making your own bottlecaps and turning them into pendants!
Here's a quick before/after with the degas trick (see previous post):
With bubbles above; after you've blown warm air on it like you're trying to fog up a window, below:
Here's a before/after of a sealed cap:
The left one is unsealed; the right one is sealed. Nice, eh?
And on to the final steps! Get that punch I mentioned in the first installment. Place it at the edge of your bottlecap, and punch a hole:
Should now look like this:
Use OVAL jump rings (or regular split rings) to turn the cap into a pendant. I love oval jump rings -- they are simple to open, attach, and shut. Neither the bottle cap nor the necklace rests at the opening and therefore neither will detach from the other!
To open any jump ring, pull one end toward you (sideways) so it splits like in the picture below.
Slip it through the hole in the cap and VOILA! you have a pendant!
I have lots of bottle cap pendants on ball chains listed in my dizzlePOP! etsy shop; here's one of my favs:
I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial! Feel free to link to it!
I haven't participated in an ebay "launch" in quite some time; this story has compelled me to do so and help out this sweet family struck by misfortune. The launch is November 1-15.
If you are so inclined and want to help as well, please send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org; Chelsea will hook you up! Or, you can go straight to the ebay group and request to join from there.