How to Turn a Soda Can into a Spring Flower Broochcomments (27) March 15th, 2012
I love crafting with metal and even more so when I can find a cheap source of raw materials. Try plucking a few interesting-looking soda cans from your recycle bin—you can cut them apart with scissors, and use the metal to make all kinds of things. I like these little flower brooches as a first foray into metal crafting. They're simple to make and lovely to wear.
What you'll need:
- One empty, clean soda can (per brooch)
- Utility knife
- Strong scissors
- Fine-point Sharpie
- Masking tape
- Cork or cardboard sheet
- Steel wool (optional)
- Push pin
- 24-gauge colored craft wire
- Five or six glass beads, any size you like
- E-6000 glue
- Pin back
A note on safety: Any time you work with cut metal, be extremely careful of the edges—they can be sharp, and they can inflict deep cuts. Watch out as well for any tiny shards of metal that may appear while you're cutting—these can cut your hands or fly into your eyes. You may want to wear gloves and eye protection while handling the metal.
If you have concerns about the safety of the finished project, then I would recommend reading the comments on this post. You'll find additional information and some project variation ideas.
To begin cutting the soda can, carefully poke a utility knife through the metal near the top of the can. Be very careful with this step—steady the can with your other hand, and use gentle pressure on the utility knife. I usually rock the blade back and forth a little while pressing lightly, and the blade pierces the metal pretty quickly.
From here, you can switch to scissors. You'll need strong ones for this project—I usually use my kitchen shears. Insert them into the slit you made in the first step, and cut around the top of the can. Next, cut down the side of the can, and then cut around the bottom, as shown.
Take a look at the top edge of the metal in this photo—the edge on the left. See how ragged it is? That will happen. When I've cut both ends off the can, I always go back and trim away this ragged edge so it won't be a safety hazard later.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
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