Make a Table Mosaic Using Bottle Caps
Creating an interesting table mosaic from bottle caps is a great way to add color to your table; it can also be a fun project that can include others. Get your friends or family involved by enlisting them to collect bottle caps. Have a drawing or poll to choose the design; then invite everyone over for drinks, cards or board games around your new mosaic table-top.
Step 1 - Choose Table
The number of bottle caps needed and the design you choose will be dependent on the size of your table, so pick your table first. To make your job easier, find a table with a rim an inch or taller. If you can't find a table with a rim, you can make a temporary one before pouring the resin.
Step 2 - Select a Design
Choose a pattern or design to match your artistic talent. If you want to recreate a photo, use photo software with a stained glass mosaic feature where you can enter dimensions and receive an appropriate image to guide your design. Get input from others, or go for a random look if you don't want to take the time.
Step 3- Collect Bottle Caps
Depending on the size of your table, collecting enough bottle caps could be a daunting task. Befriend heavy drinkers or bartenders to quickly increase your cache of bottle caps. Collect bottle caps based on the design you have chosen and the colors you need.
Step 4 - Lay out the Design
Arrange all the bottle caps onto your table-top in the pattern that you have chosen.
Step 5 - Glue Bottle Caps in Place
Using super glue, glue each bottle cap in place. A couple drops per bottle cap should be enough. Too much glue will be able to be seen through the clear resin coating. Apply painters tape around the outside edge of the table if you will be applying resin up to the top of the rim. This will keep resin from dripping over the edge and drying to the outside of your table.
Step 6 - Mix and Pour Epoxy Resin
Wear gloves and glasses to keep epoxy resin off the skin and eyes. Epoxy resin will come in 2 parts - a liquid resin and a liquid hardener. Most will require a 1 to 1 ratio when mixing; be sure to read the instructions that come with your particular resin thoroughly before mixing or applying. Mix thoroughly before pouring.
Pour the resin on to the table and spread with a spatula or expired credit card. Be sure it is spread so that it will fill all the cracks. Epoxy resin is self-leveling, so you don't need to be particular about leveling. Depending on how thick you want to apply the resin, you may need to apply several layers, allowing the resin to completely dry (about 8 hours) between applications. Apply only an inch or two at a time, or the bubbles in the resin will be difficult to remove.
Step 7 - Blow Dry Bubbles
After pouring, remove bubbles in the resin by applying high heat from a blow dryer or heat gun. If there aren't many bubbles, you can pop them individually with a toothpick. If applying layers, remove bubbles after each application.
Allow to harden completely before entertaining with your new mosaic table!