Local artist turning beer caps into cash

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DENVER -- Sometimes art comes from the strangest places. 

Denver artist Amanda Willshire says inspiration can come from just about anywhere. Even a bottle of beer.

"I was playing around with a couple of beer caps and I was putting them together.  I had previously worked with mosaics and I thought hmmm...." Willshire says of her inspiration.

So, she collected a few bottle caps. Okay, a lot of bottle caps.

"Probably fifty or sixty thousand." 

She then went to work. 

It's a labor-intensive form of art. Somebody's got to clean, sort and smash all the caps. That task landed on a group of friends Amanda has known for years.  One of those friends, Kheya Yeager, has been sorting bottle caps for a few years now.

"I've known Amanda for years and years…and we'd just be hanging out and drinking beers anyway," Kheya told us.

All of this work has been paying off for Willshire. She recently sold a mosiac of Wonder Woman for $1500. 

"Yeah, that's pretty good." says Willshire.

From pop art to pistols, just about anything can be made from bottle caps.

"I would love to do a room full of aspen trees,” Amanda told us.

All of her bottle caps come from local restaurants and pubs.  It doesn't cost her a penny for her "paint.”

So, the next time you pop the top of your favorite brewski, maybe, just maybe, you are contributing to the world of art. 

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