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Topic: How to Make Silver and Gold Tin stars from soda cans. **Tutorial added page 2**  (Read 184099 times)
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« on: December 13, 2007 09:37:12 AM »

unemployed,lots of free time, limited funds,  limited materials, soda can sitting in front of me of gold and shiny, hmmm...............





The silver stars are the inside of the can, I used a punch to add texture



Let me know what you think!

Tutorial on page two!

Edited by sweets4ever to insert tutorial:
Wow this thread has grown  since I left. well You asked for it so here it is:

1. take a suitable- semi attractive, empty beverage can (rinse it out first)


2. using tin snips remove the top, cut down along the seam (it's a printed seam, not an actual seam)then cut off the bottom.

you should have a semi-flat piece of tin like this (the tin refuses to lay flat unless you crease it and you do not want to crease it)


3.Using your star pattern and a permanent marker trace your star onto your flattened piece of tin, Pay attention to the placement of your pattern if you are using the printed side, you may not want type to show up on your ornaments, at this point I cut out the gold star only ,using a regular pair of scissors (I got only one gold star on each can  that I wanted to use) Bonus* my scissors are super  sharp now


My star pattern was made using the: Cut a five pointed star in one snip  featured on the  Betsy Ross website here: http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagstar.html 
(I just love this Star and have found so many uses for this technique)

4- using a small hammer and some punches, I texture the remaining tin, then I cut out my remaining stars (don't cut out the stars before texturing as it will misshapen your stars)





5.Now that all your stars are cut out it's time to fold, Yes Fold, Place you star right side down,we will be folding up the side that will not be seen.  Place a metal ruler  from  star tip to the inner point (directly across from the star tip) Holding the ruler firmly bend the star up,you want a nice crease but be careful, the tin will split if folded too much ( I found it helpful to use another metal ruler to help fold up the star) continue folding until all five points have been creased.






6. Pinch you star tips, that right I said pinch them, as you pinch your tips you will notice that the inner point concave or fold inward that's exactly what you want. Continuing pinching until all star tips have been pinched.


7. using my metal ruler I carefully sharpen each  inner fold and outer fold until I am happy with the way it looks




I developed this technique several years ago, last year I made stars out of the Christmas card I received (I receive and send over 100 cards each year). I attached a backing and a small clothes  pins, placed them along a decorative cord. Now Last year's cards display this year's cards!


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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2007 09:41:59 AM »

Those are awesome! How in the heck did you make them look so perfect? Great job!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2007 09:42:50 AM »

I agree! Totally awesome!!!! I love them!!
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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2007 09:49:24 AM »

BEEEEE-YOUTIFUL~
Really, I love these.  How did you do them?  I'm dying to know!!!
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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2007 09:50:59 AM »

Yes!  Please let us know how you made them so we can impress our friends!  Awesome job- they came out perfectly!
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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2007 10:05:13 AM »

I'll Have to work out a tutorial with pictures, they are not hard to do but difficult to explain.
Those are awesome! How in the heck did you make them look so perfect? Great job!  Smiley

lol, gee I'm glad you didn't look too closely, actually the technique I developed for these is very forgiving any wonkiness (is that a work?!) is easily overlooked
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« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2007 10:06:23 AM »

Wow! Those are great!! The gold and red ones would look awesome on the "formal" tree my dad has planned. I'm not a huge fan of colour-themed trees (especially red and gold), but I'm hoping to infiltrate it with handmade ornaments. I've gotta say, I'm in awe of how professional these look.  How did you make them?
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« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2007 10:54:35 AM »

Great work!
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Ooo yes, tute please!  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2007 12:12:33 PM »

They look store bought, i love em! We go through so many cans, i'd love know to know how you made them look so good. Awesome recycling project too.
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« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2007 12:36:18 PM »

These are totally awesome.  I'd love to make some for this Christmas, if you can manage to come upwith a tut early enough.........PLEASE!
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« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2007 01:49:22 PM »

ooh ooh ooooh - SO cool!

I don't have a tree as I don't celibrate Christmas, but I am in a Secret Santa thing at school. The guy I want would like money or a giftcard - how lame is that? - -;
But if these don't really cost anything out of my budget, I'd LOVE to make some!!  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2007 03:11:29 PM »

wow those are so great!! absolutely beautiful. how did you make those (if you don't mine me asking)? anyways really great job.
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« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2007 04:58:57 PM »

those are really beautiful!  you make them sound so easy to make--are they?
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« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2007 11:23:46 PM »

fantastic! I am already broke because of xmas presents and I haven't set up my tree :S so I think I'm gonna try to make some!
But it would be fantastic (and easier) if you posted a tutorial Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2007 08:34:30 AM »

Wow, those are beautiful. I love the idea of recycling trash into beautiful ornaments!

Are the edges sharp?
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« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2007 09:53:33 AM »

They look amazing.  I can't wait to try making them some time.  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: December 14, 2007 10:28:04 AM »

gorgeous!! looks fancy, store bought.
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« Reply #18 on: December 14, 2007 10:33:26 AM »

Wow this thread has grown  since I left. well You asked for it so here it is:

1. take a suitable- semi attractive, empty beverage can (rinse it out first)


2. using tin snips remove the top, cut down along the seam (it's a printed seam, not an actual seam)then cut off the bottom.

you should have a semi-flat piece of tin like this (the tin refuses to lay flat unless you crease it and you do not want to crease it)


3.Using your star pattern and a permanent marker trace your star onto your flattened piece of tin, Pay attention to the placement of your pattern if you are using the printed side, you may not want type to show up on your ornaments, at this point I cut out the gold star only ,using a regular pair of scissors (I got only one gold star on each can  that I wanted to use) Bonus* my scissors are super  sharp now


My star pattern was made using the: Cut a five pointed star in one snip  featured on the  Betsy Ross website here: http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagstar.html 
(I just love this Star and have found so many uses for this technique)

4- using a small hammer and some punches, I texture the remaining tin, then I cut out my remaining stars (don't cut out the stars before texturing as it will misshapen your stars)





5.Now that all your stars are cut out it's time to fold, Yes Fold, Place you star right side down,we will be folding up the side that will not be seen.  Place a metal ruler  from  star tip to the inner point (directly across from the star tip) Holding the ruler firmly bend the star up,you want a nice crease but be careful, the tin will split if folded too much ( I found it helpful to use another metal ruler to help fold up the star) continue folding until all five points have been creased.






6. Pinch you star tips, that right I said pinch them, as you pinch your tips you will notice that the inner point concave or fold inward that's exactly what you want. Continuing pinching until all star tips have been pinched.


7. using my metal ruler I carefully sharpen each  inner fold and outer fold until I am happy with the way it looks




I developed this technique several years ago, last year I made stars out of the Christmas card I received (I receive and send over 100 cards each year). I attached a backing and a small clothes  pins, placed them along a decorative cord. Now Last year's cards display this year's cards!

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« Reply #19 on: December 14, 2007 10:47:55 AM »

Wow, those are beautiful. I love the idea of recycling trash into beautiful ornaments!

Are the edges sharp?

While the edges are sharp they are not super sharp. I made about 30 of these and didn't cut myself, not even a scratch
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« Reply #20 on: December 14, 2007 10:56:42 AM »

I love this idea! And the Pepsi cans lately have been so interesting looking! Thank you so much for the tutorial! You did a wonderful job!
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« Reply #21 on: December 14, 2007 12:11:22 PM »

Great idea and great tutorial! THANK YOU!
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« Reply #22 on: December 14, 2007 01:17:39 PM »

those are awsome and i bet there will be about 50 just like these on my tree in a day or two...hahaha
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« Reply #23 on: December 14, 2007 01:42:21 PM »

Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! Grin
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« Reply #24 on: December 14, 2007 02:11:23 PM »

This is amazing!   My family doesn't drink much soda, but i'll have to build up a stash and give these stars a try.  =]
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« Reply #25 on: December 14, 2007 02:39:42 PM »

Thank you so very much for all your work in making up the tut.

I'm sure I won't be the only one rushing to make stars for their trees this year.

Thanks Again & Merry Christmas!
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« Reply #26 on: December 14, 2007 03:40:43 PM »

These could potentially even make empty beer cans pretty too! Good idea for an ornament for a guy.
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« Reply #27 on: December 14, 2007 03:58:08 PM »

Terrific tute! I can hardly wait to try it!

Thanks so much! (LOVE your Christmas card version, too.....you are a GENIUS!)
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« Reply #28 on: December 14, 2007 04:35:40 PM »

Does Coca-Cola still sell soda in the Santa cans at Christmas? Those would make fantastic ornaments too! I might have to buy some soda just for the cans...

Thanks for sharing this idea and the fantastic tutorial!
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« Reply #29 on: December 18, 2007 06:51:10 AM »

Ok I am going to go make some of these RIGHT NOW!!! Thanks for the great tute! These are fab!
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« Reply #30 on: December 18, 2007 12:38:16 PM »

Amazing!  Smiley
I am going to raid the little recycling bin in my dept. (company does not recycle so we must do it ourselves!) and make these for my caffiene-obsessed co-worker!
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« Reply #31 on: December 21, 2007 08:39:29 PM »

i'm so going to make these tomorrow!
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Would you give some detail as how you back the Christmas Card Star? These are Awesome, thank you so much for sharing.
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« Reply #34 on: August 26, 2009 06:32:07 AM »

definitely using this one this year....i try to make an ornament each year for my 6 children and now that they are getting older there is usually a boyfriend/girlfriend  in tow.  thanks so much
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Thank you so much for sharing this tut!!!  What a great way to decorate for Christmas and 4th of July!!  I think i may add this to list of what to make for Christmas . Make a set of 5-7 star ornaments for kids Christmas tree.
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Are the edges of the star sharp? 

i'm guessing so.  i wonder if puffyl paint on the edges would stay and make them safe to handle?
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