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« Reply #30 on: May 19, 2008 12:54:29 PM »

Also at a craft show, some years ago, there was a man selling things made out of soda and beer cans.  He made little watering cans and put silk flowers in it.  I thought it was so cute I bought one.  He also made airplanes and so many other things.  I think the copper would be a little easier to cut as it is thinner. 

If anyone comes across any cool websites or craftster links with projects, flowery or otherwise, that use soda or beer cans, I'd love it if you could pm me or something.  I've seen the mirror frames on craftster and used soda cans to tile part of my kitchen backsplash, but I still have tons of colorful cans and am searching for good ideas.  I actually attempted to make a metal flower for this swap out of a soda can but it didn't go well so I quit that idea in favor of "softer" crafts. 

Aislynn, did you do something special to the edges of the metal to make it less sharp?
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« Reply #31 on: May 19, 2008 01:07:05 PM »

Soda cans are MUCH sharper than copper sheeting.  Although I had my file handy, I didn't find that I needed it.  I hammered all the "petals" prior to constructing the flower, and that seemed to take off all the sharp edges, not that there were more than one or two to begin with.

A neighbor of mine has the neatest little pinwheel wind chimes made out of cans, and I'd love to know how they were done...so pretty!
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« Reply #32 on: May 19, 2008 01:20:04 PM »

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« Reply #33 on: May 19, 2008 03:05:38 PM »

Beautiful crafts all!! Good work ladies. Grin
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« Reply #34 on: May 20, 2008 03:35:01 PM »

I just forgot I also got a set of 4 coasters! I've been using them since I got the package and since they weren't around anything else I didn't think about them when I took the pictures. Oops! I'm been such a scatterbrain lately.

Anyway here's a picture of one:


Thanks again to Babalina, I'm very grateful to have such a great partner.
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« Reply #35 on: May 20, 2008 05:45:15 PM »

lmcbride, you can google "soda can craft projects" and I'm sure you can find some to your liking.
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« Reply #36 on: May 20, 2008 08:28:48 PM »

Oh I am so excited my package is on the way..Now I will chew my fingers waiting..I am not good at that part LOL
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« Reply #37 on: May 21, 2008 12:14:59 AM »

The coasters are really pretty, nice!
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« Reply #38 on: May 21, 2008 04:46:51 PM »

I got a fantastic, flowery package from Lmcbride today.  She made pop-up notecards (love that!), a pair of ribbon/fabric flower brooches, and the most awesome throw pillow ever.  I think the flowers are made with that flower loom thingy (with a name I obviously don't know), and it coordinates fantastically with my sofa!  I'm going to get photos when there's better light (and when the living room is cleaner, oops), so you can see how great it looks.  She also added a flower ATC, and three bookmarks that she said she's sending in all of her mail, so "they aren't really part of the loot."  Cheesy  There's actually a little more to the bookmarks than just that--check her out at www.bornintocolor.blogspot.com to see what I mean (I won't go into detail since it's her story, and not mine--but I'm honored to be part of it now).
Bet you can't wait 'til I take photos, eh?  Wink
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« Reply #39 on: May 22, 2008 10:32:49 AM »

I got my package from Sonjabegonia, and for a first time swapper, she sure has it all together! This was my second swap, and I still feel like I'm fumbling for "creative fluency." And time - no one needs me until I sign up for something (like a swap) and then everyone wants my attention all at once.

So, without further delay, here are the items that made me misty eyed ( high hormone levels Cheesy ) and my own commentary for my thought process.

First thing I pulled from the box, was the card, which I opened last, and thought it was so cute, fit the swap theme perfectly!

Next was a small tissue wrapped bundle that contained paper she sent form a trip to Bangkok, makes me wish I could travel more! I can't even get into Canada now without a passport. Has anyone ever wisted a passport???

Then I pulled out the painting - a gorgeous iris on its own tiny canvas. I've never had any paintings made just for me, so this is really special. I think I'll put it in my bathroom behind the mirror so I can see it every morning when I put in my "eyes" and brush my teeth.

Out next was a miniature gift bag with 4 brightly colored plastic canvas stitched coasters. I was thinking they'd be perfect for all the glasses that constantly migrate around the house and leave rings everywhere, but now I'm thinking about framing them. They're too pretty to stain with milk, or tea.

The last thing I removed from the box was a crisp white tote bag, embellished with a brilliant red rose right on the front. She also added a trim all the way around the top. It's so pretty Cheesy It will now be my van/grab bag for those projects on work on when I'm out and about, like embroidery, so it's just perfect.

Thanks for everything Sonjabegonia, I absolutely loved swapping with you Smiley I hope your box and items get there intact and soon!
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