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« on: February 11, 2008 11:04:54 AM »

SOME USES FOR CLAY-COVERED TINS

oohmybees asked in another thread for ideas re using small clay-covered tins.  I have a lot of suggestions at my site so I thought I'd start a new thread to make the ideas easier to find later if anyone wants. 
 
(There are also links to photos, and/or lessons or more info, for some of these suggestions at my site--see below**):


as containers

to hold things like pills of course, or Tums or cough lozenges ...folded up money for emergency...house key when without purse... pair of earrings (to travel with or keep out of ears overnight) ... hair clips... paper clips or other office supplies... post-it pad with tiny pencil... alcohol wipes ...mini-first aid kits...small sewing kits, or just needles, or several threaded needles for repairs or quilting....candy or mints... "waterproof" matches ...dental floss, or toothpicks (break in half if too long)...bits of decoration for projects (sequins, rhinestones, broken jewelry bits, etc., even small amounts of mica or embossing powders --perhaps as a gift)... tiny tools (mini screwdrivers, screws, nails, etc.)... coins for vending machines/parking/laundry ...postage stamps...Tooth Fairy tooth holders... safe place to keep razor blades or Xacto blades ...spices or herbs for nice smell, or perfume or essential oil soaked cotton ball, etc--as long as no contact with clay

keep a watch face inside (no strap) rather than wearing a watch on wrist

as pendants
http://home.centurytel.net/tkaylen/tinpendants.jpg

as key chain fobs

as gift boxes (for holding anything)
... even given to co-workers, or grandparents to hold hearing aids at night...for teeny tiny clay ornaments....   

add a mirror inside... or a photo (...or a series of photos on an accordion folded piece of cardstock, etc)

partly fill with rice, beans, bells, etc. to make a mini shaker... could also add handle for a maraca

hook earrings can be stuck through holes in plastic canvas inside, especially for traveling without tangling
...make compartments inside the boxes for jewelry boxes for traveling or vitamin organizers

threaded onto a belt as a sort of mini fanny pack for small items ...or held to a wrist cuff

make into a tiny game but putting dice and/or game pieces inside, perhaps with "board" on top (like tic tac toe, or many others)
... to see a tic tac toe game I made on top of an Altoid tin, go to this thread in Completed Projects:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=229633

non-containers

if kept open and standing on end, use as hinged frames (for 2 photos), or
as hinged mini shrines

put a magnet on back to use as frig or whiteboard magnet, etc.

put words or phrases (or photos, letters, scans, anything) onto magnet sheeting ...then pick certain ones to arrange inside or outside of tin top as a board to display quickie poetry, feelings of the day or "affirmations", or to help kids learn to read-spell or basic grammar, etc., or as mini-scrabble or other game
http://www.replayground.com/pages/diy/wordplay.asp

little treasure chest... covered with faux wood, corners and a "latch" added

use as the "body" of a jointed pendant figure or toy (or use as any other "part" of a sculpt)

one of Tonja's "covered" Altoid boxes looks to me like a bed (just add pillows)

miniature "grand piano" made over an Altoid box, with legs

suitcases for dolls or dollhouses

mini coffins for Halloween ....or even to bury a dead pet fish

poke holes in tin(s), then cover with clay and open holes back up... put a small mini-light inside (after making a larger hole in back or side for inserting bulb)... could make a string of holey lights for xmas tree or other decorations too

decoration


Can also be decorated in various ways, sometimes to suit the use or to suit whatever's inside:
... use a transfer on top... a sculpted scene... put materials on top that relate to what's inside... practice different polymer clay techniques...use up scrap canes... make a mini clay mosaic...

put feet underneath to give "importance" and style
... add knob to top or side of top to help open or for decoration



** look on these pages especially for photos/lessons/more info re many of the possibilities mentioned above:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/covering.htm
...Metal > Tins
...but also other categories like > Film Canisters  and > Papier Mache, matchbooks, etc.                                     
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/BOH.htm > More Ideas
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/frames-mirrors.htm  > Triptychs
... and > Very Small Frames


Have fun!

Diane B.






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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2008 11:45:37 AM »

That's so smart! I love your tic tac toe game, I'd be afraid of losing one or more of the pieces though lol.
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2008 12:12:54 PM »

I AM SO MAKING ONE OF THOSE TIC TAC TOE GAMES!!!
i think im gonna make a bunch and save them for stocking stuffers for christmas time.
thanks for all the great ideas.  Grin Grin
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2008 12:35:48 PM »

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TIC TAC TOE GAMES!!!  think im gonna make a bunch

There are lessons and more ideas for making tic tac toe games on this page if you're interested, as well as a link to that particular one (which was a bit fiddly in parts):
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/kids_beginners.htm
(... click on Games, then scroll down to the tic tac toe area)

They're really fun to make!


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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2008 05:12:46 PM »

The tic tac toe game is awesome.  I have to make one now!!!
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2008 07:00:48 PM »

Diane B.-  Your posts are always so chock full of information! Thanks so much for sharing this info! Inspiring!
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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2008 08:07:38 AM »

Thanks for all the info Diane B.  I can't wait to make more of these!
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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2008 02:15:59 PM »

I've used covered tins as gift boxes for my other polymer clay creations a few times. This holiday season I did that with some gargoyle ornaments I donated to a charity auction at the school my mom teaches at, it was a big hit.
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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2008 09:58:17 AM »

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I'd be afraid of losing one or more of the pieces though lol.

Avi, just noticed you'd written this and I had the same thought-fear so I made a few extra playing pieces to keep at home Grin


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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2008 12:50:35 PM »

Here's a question about the tins and polymer clay.

How long do you bake it for?  Is there any special treatment you need to keep the tin stuck to the tin?
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