With something as colorful and varied as the commonly wasted bottle cap, there seems to be endless creative possibilities. Armed with a desire to recycle, coupled with an ingenious idea, this man decided to use them in an imaginative way in the kitchen. The results have to be seen to be believed—and have turned his kitchen bench-top into a beautiful centerpiece in his home.
Chris, along with his friends and family, saved 2,530 beer caps over 5 years just for this project. The caps were collected from various kinds of bottles, including domestic, craft, and imported beer.
“The initial concept was to lay out an image comprised of bottle caps,” he said. “Then reality set in and we opted for the much easier gradient effect.” The selected sequence are the colors of the rainbow—red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
Just deciding on the pattern and arranging the caps took them about 4 hours, which of course included several attempts and restarts to get the desired pattern. “Initially I was being pretty anal about cap alignment, color disbursement, etc. In the end, we decided to introduce entropy and New Holland’s Dragon’s Milk, which I feel was the secret ingredient.”
Once the pattern was set and the caps arranged, the entire layer of arrangement was covered with 5 layers of epoxy resin. The colors and their different hues show through and make an amazing centerpiece that was definitely worth all the trouble the entire team had taken, and has turned into a real conversation piece!
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This creative man decided to redo his ordinary kitchen benchtop using beer bottle caps
He and his friends and family patiently collected 2,530 caps over the course of 5 years
The first and most important job was to sort out the caps by hue: “Basically tried to bucket them into ROYGBIV [red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet],” he explained.
“Two large pieces of quality 5/8″ plywood form the base. The rails are 1 1/2″ poplar and were notched with a table saw and hand routed”
“Painted matte black with several cans of Rustoleum. The finish does not have to be perfect since it will be covered in epoxy”
“[But] it needs to be as close to perfectly level as possible, otherwise, the epoxy resin will “pool” in low spots.”
“The initial concept was to lay out an image comprised of bottle caps, then reality set in and we opted for the much easier gradient effect.”
“It was better to just pour the resin slowly making thin layers, not thick enough to cover the caps”
“It took ~5 layers to thoroughly cover the caps”
“Visually, we felt it would be more interesting dispersing various caps to add pops of color.”
“Here you can see how we laid them out allowing the caps to “flow” into each other, rather than having hard color stops.”
“I am so proud of this project. It is a real conversation piece and we did it together, true DIY.”