A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: You can now organize your bookmarks into folders!  Read more here.
Total Members: 304,852
Currently Running With Scissors:
755 Guests and 27 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1] 2 3  All
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Soda Can purse: Now with tutorial  (Read 40005 times)
Tags for this thread: tutorial , upcycle , craftster_best_of_2009  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
RaraAvis
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Online Online

Posts: 822
Joined: 15-Jun-2009


View Profile available for personal swaps
« on: June 22, 2009 03:18:52 PM »

This is my first post with pictures. I made this purse back in high school for my AP art portfolio. It is made out of soda cans that have been flattened and cut into squares and rectangles. Let me know what you think! I hope to post a lot more of my bags.









Ok so its been years since I made this purse, so let me try to remember everything I did.

1. First I traced out a purse shape onto paper, just the two large sides (the ones with the built in handle). On the paper I drew squares and rectangles within the purse outline.

2. Then I think I numbered each shape and made a copy of the paper. I cut one of the drawings up, so now I had a bunch of numbered shapes. The other sheet served as a master copy of how the shapes went together.

3. I took a bunch of soda cans, cleaned them, and cut the tops and bottoms out of them with a knife and then regular scissors. I ended up with sheets of the aluminum can.

4. I traced the cut out shapes onto the cans. Then I cut out the shapes leaving about quarter on an inch (maybe 5-7 millimeters) edge. I wrote the corresponding number on each piece. If you are using a variety of sodas, make sure to think about the color combination and layout when you are cutting out pieces. I then folded those edges under, to hide the sharp edge of the can. I cant remember what strategy I used to do this, I may have bent them over the edge of a ruler.

5. Next I arranged them back into the purse side shape. If you noticed in the pics I used regular staples to join the can pieces. If you use a standard size stapler make sure to begin joining them from the middle and work your way out (you want to make sure the stapler can reach each piece to connect it). The pieces are not overlapped but side by side.

6. For the bottom and other small side of the purse, I created one long strip of soda can pieces, making sure it was the length I wanted for the sides.

7. After I had all three pieces of my purse I traced out the purse shapes onto naugahyde (I believe that is the right term for the material), but some sort of vinyl or pleather would probably work fine, just as long as its durable. Then I glued the material onto the purse shapes. I dont remember what kind of glue I used, but something flexible is good.

8. Ok.sorry this is so wordy and for the lack of pics..Then I believe I took a small nail and punched holes at regular intervals around the edges of the purse forms (You can see this pretty clearly in the close up shot). Then I took wire and laced all three pieces together.

Lol.I think thats it, wow I wrote a lot.  It sounds like tons of work, but only cutting out the cans takes a really long time, I think lol.
« Last Edit: June 23, 2009 06:31:55 PM by RaraAvis » THIS ROCKS   Logged

v3nu5
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." -Albert Einstein
Offline Offline

Posts: 2557
Joined: 30-Nov-2008


View Profile WWW
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2009 03:50:59 PM »

OMG this is GREAT! Grin I drink all those sodas too, well for the most part. Tongue I do really like the color combination. How sturdy is it?

THIS ROCKS   Logged

EnginerdLisa
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2009 04:18:26 PM »

That is awesome, so cute and unique.  Any chance you would do a tut?
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Penny: Oh, wow! A girl scientist!
Leslie Winkle: Yup. Come for the breasts. Stay for the brains.

My Blog (which I suck at keeping up with): Living Lisa
longtimegeek
Still crazy after all these years....
Offline Offline

Posts: 741
Joined: 17-Aug-2007

betta and betta....


View Profile WWW
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2009 05:58:09 PM »

Love it -- I was concerned about the sharp edges until I saw in the closeup that you had rolled the edges.  This must have been a boatload of work.  Great job.
THIS ROCKS   Logged
ShannyAnn
Offline Offline

Posts: 300
Joined: 17-Aug-2007

please allow myself, to introduce myself


View Profile WWW
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2009 06:22:53 PM »

i definitely would not have the patience for that Cheesy
great job!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

I have O.C.D. - Obsessive Craftster Disorder!
www.shannyann.etsy.com
adiemonster
Offline Offline

Posts: 761
Joined: 02-Sep-2007

hiphopmapotamus v.s rymnoserous


View Profile
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2009 06:42:16 PM »

That is awesome, so cute and unique.  Any chance you would do a tut?

oh yes please!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS SWAP 2!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=280446.0
(this is info forum)
lizefd
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2009 06:51:10 PM »

It looks great.  I love soda can recycling, but I have never seen it on a purse before.
THIS ROCKS   Logged
craftbot
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2009 07:08:53 PM »

CRAFTY!!!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

eye.heart.art
Offline Offline

Posts: 531
Joined: 02-Aug-2007

big, fat AND delicious!


View Profile
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2009 07:19:51 PM »

This is totally rad!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Help me get naked in Greece! LunaGrrrl.Etsy.com
autumnkisses
Offline Offline

Posts: 251
Joined: 17-Jun-2008

keep calm and carry on


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2009 08:40:08 PM »

very cool, I miss Squirt  Embarrassed they don't sell it in Canada anymore...i don't think!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Swaps: Fill a Box Canadian Style Round 3:finishing up another swap then all my attention is directed to this!
           I Love Fall: Almost finished!

Wists: http://www.wists.com/autumnkisses
Etsy: http://www.sudsisters.etsy.com
Blog: http://curiouslifeofautumn.blogspot.com/
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] 2 3  All Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



FacebookTwitterPinterest
only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
How to Pull Off Leather in the Summer
Best Tips For Preparing Your Feet For Stiletto Season
How to Wear Black Overalls for Every Occasion
How to Find the Right Bra
Summer Festival Style Tips
Latest Blog Articles
@Home This Weekend: Easy Tile Coasters
Tute Tuesday: Scrabble Afghan
These Are a Few of My Favorite (Spooky!) Things

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.