Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tuesday 'Tin Tutorial'

 I'm a tinkerer, an experimenter and a fiddler. I like trying things even knowing it might not work the way I envision.
A couple of months ago, I splurged and bought a Provo craft 'Cuttlebug' machine on sale from my local big box craft store. I had seen a few videos that showed it being used with embossing folders and metal blanks, which by the way, works well and is a lot of fun. See this video from Brenda at B'sue Boutiques> B'Sue Boutique Metal Embossing with Cuttlebug

Recently, I struggled to open a 'chobani' yogurt. Initially I thought 'what the heck?'  and then  thought, Hmmm, that is some nice sturdy foil.
So I washed it and set it aside. Then I had the occasion in the next couple of days to run across a couple of other products with that similar foil.
I thought I would experiment and show my results.
 Place the clean, dry foils in the embossing folder and run through the machine per directions for best results.


Voila'~ a nice crisp image using both the metal embossing folder [left] and a paper embossing folder design [on right].  Conveniently, the foil can be cut using a circle paper cutter from my scrap booking days.[See Honey, no craft product EVER goes out of style or usefulness]

 
Here I began adding color & patina with the Ranger ink patina products. Heat set to ensure durability.

I had a 'baby coke' for lunch that day and the gears started turning..... GULP, wash, dry and out came the tin snips, [BE CAREFUL~ it's sharp!] and a trip through the embossing folders

This too can be cut with punches......




Rounded with a paper corner rounding punch, sand/file those sharp edges and color them with Ranger patina inks...



 These cute, light weight earrings sold at my craft show for $5 last week. They were a total experiment. The lady who bought them loved the light weight quality and was floored when I told her it was a 'coke can' in a previous life. :-DThis is the disc seen above, added to a brass bezel which I poured with resin to make a cabochon/focal/pendant.

I had a great time experimenting on this day. I recommend giving it a try.  BE CAREFUL, sharp edges will most definitely cut YOU, but if you take your time, you can achieve a good result and do a bit of reduce, re-use & recycle in the process.
Thanks for stopping by,
Warm Regards,
Tammie

8 comments:

  1. Very cool, Tammie... I've used pop cans for baking clay and for making custom cookie cutters. This is a new one for me!

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  2. Sweet! I just got a Big Kick, and have been looking for supplies....:D

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  3. Clever Tammie. What did you do with the little hearts?

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  4. This is brilliant, thanks so very much for sharing!

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  5. Very clever. Like the tutorial. I've used my cuttlebug on Vintaj blanks and I love it but would not have thought about a coke can.

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  6. What an awesome way to recycle!! This is a great post,...fun, all around!

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