Thrifting Thursday 9-26-13 Repurposed Tins

Candy tins,  1928 jewelry tin, and a pretty floral canister tin

  Welcome Thrifty Friends~ Today's Thrifting Thursday revolves around those fun retro/vintage tins that are so common in charity shops.  I've seen a number of tutorials, Pinterest pins and a bit of flotsam and jetsam out there on the internet regarding different uses for them.
I spent $3.02 on today's finds and as you can imagine the cheapskate frugal girl in me was happy. 
After a good wipe down I selected the floral canister and with my trusty metal shears  in hand I began CAREFULLY cutting apart the can at the side seam.

[ PLEASE USE CAUTION when attempting any metal cutting, let this be a stern warning, it will give you a nasty cut if you are not extremely careful]

 Once the wall was removed from the base, I used my trusty nylon hammer and my bench block to gently flatten out the sheet.

Once flat, I used my most awesome Swanstrom disc cutter to cut out a few circles. It cuts like butter...

Here's a good video by Rio Grande if you are interested to see how it works.

I cut one long row's worth and had 7 discs to choose from.
I filed and sanded the edges till smooth and even dapped one pair.
A couple of low tarnish, handmade copper ear wires and some faceted crystals and Voila~

Thanks for spending your time here. I ALWAYS appreciate you.

I plan to do some more with this and I have a new, high quality, metal dapping set on my birthday wish list so I will certainly do some more with this medium.  I'm thinking a matching necklace and bracelet are next up.

Have a great weekend,
Warm Regards,


  1. Those tins are SO hot right now (but glad they can still be had for so "frugal" a price LOL.) The ultimate thrifty treasure, Tammie!

    1. Thanks Monique, I always have my eyes open for them, I just got lucky this time around. :-D

  2. Tammie, that is Awesome!! You make it look so easy. lol :) I am absolutely going to have to try this. Thank you so much for the inspiration!! The earrings are beautiful.

    1. Thanks Norbel, It's a great project, I can't wait to expand on this with some of the other tins I got.

  3. Nice job! I am seeing more and more tins repurposed as jewelry components! Love the earrings!

    1. Thanks Patti, I too have seen this around and I thought it looked like fun.

  4. What a great idea! I love recycling, and especially when it works out this pretty. Well done Ms. Tammie!

  5. I've been doing this for years. Also used polyclay templates for different designs.

  6. Very cool! It is something that I have wanted to try for a while since I have so many tins.
    You make it look easy! All I need is a disc cutter and with the Metalwerx show just around
    the corner I will! Thank you. You always have such great ideas!

  7. deconstructing a tin! Haven't seen so much about this in awhile! Linda and Opie O'Brien of Burnt Offerings demonstrated this technique in METAL DISCOVERY WORKSHOP, published in 2005 by North Light. It may be out of print now. They are friends of mine and made the most AMAZING stuff out of tins, published many times....and the shears used here were their favorite tool. Glad you did a post on this, Tammy, it's a technique that needs to be brought front and center AGAIN.

  8. Oh no Tammie! You've just added another collection to my "Projects To Do"! My hubby will be sooo excited when he see's them in the garage. Lol!


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