Recycled Plastic Bottlecap Headpins

by Carol Wofford.

Recycled Plastic Bottlecap Headpins by Carol Wofford - featured on Jewelry Making Journal


I’ve been playing around with recycled and repurposed materials lately.

I found a YouTube video on making beads from plastic and decided to try.

Didn’t come out as expected but I started thinking why not try coating the ends of copper wire for headpins. It worked great!

Here’s how I did it. First I cut the wire to desired length, then I grasped the end with tweezers and heated it over a candle for a few seconds.

Then with my other hand I held a milk bottle cap next to the flame until it started to get gooey.

Then I plunged the hot wire into the melting plastic and twirled it around to form a ball.

It took a bit of practice and each one is unique but I like the results. After they cooled I cleaned up the stems with steel wool.

I found that the purple bottle caps melted better than the white ones and the gooey purple was easier to control than the white ones too.

I’ll keep experimenting with others to see what happens.

Meantime I like the irregular balls that formed on the end of my wires.

Carol Wofford

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  • Carol, I always enjoy seeing how you use all sorts of elements in your creations. You are truly a multi-media artist. This upcycling idea for making headpins is attractive – and not something that can be easily found from other jewelry makers.

  • Colleen says:

    Great idea and pretty at the same time! Love these!!

  • Cathy says:

    Great idea..i will try it..hmmm..other plastic materials..thanks

  • Michelle Maple says:

    I love this recycling idea!

  • Alysen says:

    what a great upcycling idea! I think I’ll try it soon …

  • Sandy says:

    Brillliant. I will try this!

  • Lyone says:

    These are great! Love how the melting process gives some ombre effect to the colors around the edges.

  • Carol, interesting idea; but I hope you’re wearing a mask of some sort, or at least have some sort of ventilation going. Chemical fumes from melting/burning plastics can be harmful. Safety first! 🙂

  • Brenda Turner says:

    I love this idea of recycling to make something truly unique.

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