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KiaSedona
« on: December 11, 2004 09:29:24 PM »

I don't know why, but I've been saving soda cans for ages. I've already made some bracelets, but I don't have any other ideas. Suggestions?

 ~ Kate
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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2004 09:32:20 PM »

if you  have a lot, you could always return them for $$ to spend on other crafts  Grin
the bracelets are cool, and I've been thinking of using popcans to make dangly earrings but haven't yet...they also might make cute flower pins - you could do multi layered ones ...
okay, I don't have any other ideas
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2004 10:36:35 PM »

I was shopping at Marshall Fields in Chicago last weekend and saw purses and a hat made from coca cola cans.  They lined them with vinyl and were held together with plastic lacing.
Can't remember the name of the people that were making them but found a close copy at http://www.southeastasianart.com/CanArt.html
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2004 10:59:16 PM »

I don't know about the can part but you can take all the tabs off and make a pop tab bracelet.
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2004 11:57:30 PM »

crush them and glue it on a frame of a big mirror.. round ones look especially cool
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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2004 08:18:34 AM »

There's a thread somewhere on craftster about making lanterns out of soda or beer cans.  I made some this summer for an outdoor party and they're very cute.
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Dead_Angel
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2004 10:40:07 AM »

hmm..maybe a curtain? or just make a square frame with them. umm..cut off the top use as a vase? make flowers from them? deffintly different kinds of jewelry and bags. cut the sides into shapes and make magnets and what not. oo make a curtain like that. and frames.. decopage a table top with them? barrets? lamps? i dunno im out. hope i helped.
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f1focus
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2004 06:47:53 PM »

You could cut and nail them to wood like this really cool but very expensive mirror.

http://www.guild.com/artitem/25603.html

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« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2004 07:01:59 PM »

wow f1focus - that mirror is cool! Shocked  I have a small ikea mirror that is similar in shape that i may try that out on...thanks for the great idea
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« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2004 11:16:09 PM »

thats insane! i love it!
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blackcanther
« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2004 11:36:29 PM »

soda cans, eh? what kind of bracelets do you make?

here's what i do Smiley

[img=http://img155.exs.cx/img155/4826/catastrophe8ma.th.jpg]

hm. well just click that link.

i use the colored side of the pop can to "engrave" (yeah, i just use a ballpoint pen and press hard) the can. but you have to do it backwards so that it shows up correctly on the reverse side.
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« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2004 03:29:51 PM »

I cut off the top and bottom of the can, then cut the remaining cylinder up the side and try and flaten it out a bit so you have a rectangle of aluminum. Then the world your oyster, or in my case starfish, boats and fish Wink.
 I cut out the shapes, score scales and eyes for fish or planks and waves for boats with a dead ball point pen, then punch a small hole in the top and string them up with fishing line from wooden scewers as mobiles. Hang them from the ceiling over tvs or lamps and the rising warm air keeps them constantly moving. Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2005 02:43:45 PM »

checketh this out yo

http://craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=8634.0
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« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2005 09:19:41 AM »

I don't know if you've ever to been to Jungle Bungle [[haha]] but in the play area there are these windows into the dining area, and there are little ledges underneath the windows made of concrete, so they take these squishy tubes, cut them veritcally and put them on the ledges so kids can't hurt their heads...you could kinda do the same thing...if you have like a full length mirror, you could cut off the bottom and cut once vertically and open them wide enough to put on the frame of the mirror

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Clementine13
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2005 12:46:52 PM »

What can I do with a soda can? It's a drink called Pakola which they sell in Pakistan. I love the green color and the logo thingie and I don't want to throw the cans away. Any ideas?
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« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2005 12:20:21 PM »

Wow...those cans look cool...Do you think you can post a pic..it would help my mind get productive ! Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2005 03:07:58 PM »

<img src='http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-12/918294/pakola.jpg' width=320 height=240>
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« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2005 03:24:48 PM »

Nice !! Let me think up some ideas, I'll be back
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« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2005 05:20:59 PM »

i have do this with tons of cans with different colors or just great flavors: you can cut the top off with a can opener and use it for pens, pencils, etc.
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« Reply #19 on: February 26, 2005 05:58:19 PM »

When I was in junior high we made lamps out of pop cans.  We got a basic lamp kit, drilled a hole at the side of the bottom, put the lamp kit/cord in place, filled it with plaster or something like that, and let it all set up.  The one I made was with a Crystal Pepsi can, so it's like a lamp and a time capsule in one.  Just an idea....
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« Reply #20 on: February 27, 2005 10:31:37 AM »

how do you make bracelets out of cans?
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KiaSedona
« Reply #21 on: March 12, 2005 08:39:33 PM »

hey, thanks for all the great ideas!  Grin

HardCandy, the way i make the bracelets is to cut around the side of the can to get a long strip, about 10 inches long and 2 inches wide. then i folded in the edges so i wouldn't cut myself wearing it! put black electrical tape along the inside. finally i used velcro to hold the bracelet together, but you can add snaps if you know how. did that make sense? moderately? well. i hope you can figure it out.

i think i'm going to try making a mobile, i'd never thought to do that. sounds pretty!

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« Reply #22 on: March 12, 2005 09:34:26 PM »

God, I love craftster, only here could you ask what to do with soda cans and get such a creative, amazing array of answers.....hmmmmm I love you all
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« Reply #23 on: March 13, 2005 04:05:39 PM »

I bought something made from a diet Coke can as it is my beverage of choice.  I saw a whole fleet of little airplanes at Venice beach- some were from soda cans, some from beer cans.  I don't know how they were made- clearly more than one went into each plane, maybe up to 3 per plane, cut into pieces and folded into shapes then assembled.  The style was kind of Kitty Hawk plane... the old school style, not a modern airline plane.  The front propeller turns in the wind!  I'll bet that these are still being sold there- maybe someone who lives in LA could scout it out for you and send you one, or send pictures.  I don't have a digital camera or I'd send a picture myself.  Good luck!
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« Reply #24 on: March 13, 2005 07:39:19 PM »

In issue #10 of ReadyMade, they use a soda can as a cover for a light switch cover.  Sort of fold the flattened out can over the existing cover and screw back in place.  I can take pictures of the magazine if it doesn't make sense.
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« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2005 01:38:38 PM »

I still have to try this, but i was thinking of making string lights with soda cans. I wanted to cut shapes out of the top and bottom, put those tiny christmas lights in them (white ones) and decorate them w/ fabric and ribbon and stuff. I wanna see if the shape shows up on the wall or something too. Anyway, just an idea.  Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: March 24, 2005 05:28:47 PM »

I have always wanted to find a process to perserve an aluminum can into a permanent cup.  I have considered slicing the top off and dipping it in resin.  I am not sure if that is "food-safe."

 Anyone have any idea on how to perserve a can with a strong clear coat that you could drink out of?
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« Reply #27 on: March 26, 2005 08:50:43 PM »

holy wow, heewack!  i'm going to be looking into the resin idea, that would be the best set of tumblers ever!!

i've wanted to make a side table with orange and grape soda cans... i wish i could remember where i saw what inspired me, but either nailing down small pieces with finishing nails, or bending the edges to hook into each other bouth sound like good ways to do it
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« Reply #28 on: March 26, 2005 08:54:41 PM »

wow f1focus - that mirror is cool! Shocked  I have a small ikea mirror that is similar in shape that i may try that out on...thanks for the great idea
  I second the sweetness of that mirror!!! It's AHHH-Mazing!   Shocked  Just be sure to wear gloves when trying to cut or really mess with pop cans; they can cut the dicken's out of you.
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« Reply #29 on: March 26, 2005 09:39:18 PM »

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I second the sweetness of that mirror!!! It's AHHH-Mazing!     Just be sure to wear gloves when trying to cut or really mess with pop cans; they can cut the dicken's out of you.

I am over halfway through this project...I will take pics once it is done.  I will admit that I haven't worn gloves at all for this project or any other times that I've worked with soda cans and I have never cut myself *knocks on wood*
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« Reply #30 on: November 10, 2005 02:08:41 PM »

WELL, I'M NEW HERE BUT LOVE TO RECYCLE... HERE IS MY PAGE OF THINGS DONE WITH CANS... AND MORE... COME OVER ANC CHECK...
http://groups.msn.com/RECY-CANRECI-LATAS/shoebox.msnw?albumlist=2


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« Reply #31 on: November 18, 2005 04:23:48 PM »

I know this is an old idea, but someone at a craft show made ornaments from the whole can. She mashed and folded the top and bottom so they just met. The can top was the face - the hole from the pull tab was the mouth - the nose a small wood plug and she even made glasses by wrapping wire around a pencil! They were adorable and she was selling them as fast as she could pull them out of the box!

I've also seen airplanes with turning propellers, boats, cars, spiral mobile/windchimes. Hope this gives you some ideas.
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« Reply #32 on: January 12, 2006 07:17:40 AM »

more can stuff.
http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_occasions_december/article/0,1789,HGTV_3270_4225116,00.html

http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_occasions_december/article/0,1789,HGTV_3270_4225128,00.html

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« Reply #33 on: February 11, 2006 09:00:05 PM »

WELL, I'M NEW HERE BUT LOVE TO RECYCLE... HERE IS MY PAGE OF THINGS DONE WITH CANS... AND MORE... COME OVER ANC CHECK...
http://groups.msn.com/RECY-CANRECI-LATAS/shoebox.msnw?albumlist=2


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« Reply #34 on: February 11, 2006 09:00:34 PM »

WELL, I'M NEW HERE BUT LOVE TO RECYCLE... HERE IS MY PAGE OF THINGS DONE WITH CANS... AND MORE... COME OVER ANC CHECK...
http://groups.msn.com/RECY-CANRECI-LATAS/shoebox.msnw?albumlist=2


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« Reply #35 on: March 14, 2006 06:09:13 PM »

You can take two of them and make them into a high-performance alcohol burning stove that weighs ten grams and can boil water for tea in about five minutes flat:

http://zenstoves.net/BasicTopBurner.htm

It's dope, I've made six working ones in the last two days including one made from Red Bull cans, they work and put out an incredible amount of heat off of ordinary denatured alcohol.
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