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Question by Rapidknight: Any websites that teach how to make birds out of soda cans?
by cutting and folding
Answer by Diane B.
I don’t know about birds in particular, and you don’t say if you want fully-3-D birds, perfectly flat 2-D ones, or somewhat 2-D ones, but check out some of the lessons on “soda can art” (also called “can art,” etc) in these links:
Also check out my previous answer in this question about bending soda cans, etc:
And here are a few more things, if they’re not already in those places:
Cancrafts does a lot of soda can stuff too…here’s her page at HGTV (check out her various posts for info, pics, etc):
“We (Cancrafts) use the sizzix, bigshot and any die cutter. (leaves) no sharp edge… try it. I use foamy in the back to give that curve edge. (while in the Sizzix??)
…someone else said Cricut didn’t work?
Didn’t I read somewhere too about ironing the metal sheet after cutting (with paper or cloth?) to make really flat? …maybe in one direction or a certain way?…
…can “trim”with regular (old) scissors
… or can “file smooth”
or fold over in places
how to do that… http://www.instructables.com/id/Recycle-cans-into-nice-trays/step1/Find-a-soda-can-a-pair-of-scissors-and-lets-cut-/ (go to step 4, where he “flattens the back” rounds the edges of the folded petals with the handle of a scissor)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWCRA51nBq8 (place to start anyway)
lesson on dry embossing sheets of soda cans, then making into small boxes
….she also removes the paint design from the outside of can before drawing on it with fine sandpaper
… I taped the metal down flat (orig. exterior face up) onto the cork back of a table mat, then used a piece of fine abrasive paper to remove the printing (not necessary to remove the paint from the can, but it does make forming a pattern easier later on).
… Then I used the scriber (ballpoint pen, etc) to draw out a decorative pattern on the metal, pressing just hard enough to crease the material, but not hard enough to puncture or score it… the drawn pattern tends to prevent it recoiling back into a cylinder – remove from the cork board.
It may even be possible, with a little care and skill, to reproduce a picture in beaten relief style.
… I cut the piece to shape with the scissors then folded to box shape by creasing corners… next part of lesson shows a more sophisticated way of making box
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