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Hi Roni -These bottle cap charms are sweet looking! I love bottle caps. I find that if you heat the bottle cap a bit with your heat tool (the embossing one)and then using a bit of paper towel to protect your fingers when touching the cap, you can use a sharp needle or tool to lift the liner. It comes out much easier when heated.Elaine Allen
Roni - thanks for sharing! I make a lot of bottle cap charms and ornaments, and one of the easiest ways I have found to flatten my caps (they have to be new, unused caps) is to use an old Sizzix die cutter (the big red one) with converter. It smashes them perfectly every time. And to punch holes, I take a paper or bead awl and small craft hammer, and set the cap on a mat like what you described in your post, and I tap, tap, tap the hole into the cap with the point of the awl. You can then run the awl up through the hole to make it a little bigger. It makes the perfect sized holes for jump rings.
OK, let 's start off with PICK ME, LOL. Now that thato's out of the way, let me tell you that I truly love all of your charms, and the inchie circle sheet Mel did inspired by them is my current favorite.Oh, and for anyone who owns a cuttlebug or sizzix machine, they do a great job of flattening out bottlecaps.Eileen