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« on: November 16, 2011 10:56:07 AM »

I have fallen in love with the quirky metal Christmas Decorations at Pier 1. My Christmas theme is the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and their metal trees and snowmen are to die for. The only problem is, I've never really worked with metal past punching holes is coffee cans for luminaries. Can someone please tell me how to work with the metal to make the forms and the tools I can use?
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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2011 11:52:20 AM »

hmm, not having seen any of the Pier one decor items its hard to point you in the right direction.  But for general metal working, here is what I have in my tool kit that you can buy at any hardware store.  Metal snips (try to get straight cut ones instead of side cutters), a variety of files from rough to fine, wet/dry sandpaper from coarse to fine, ball peen hammer for texture. 

I buy old candy/cookie tins at the thrift store to cut up as they are cheap and flat (no ribbing like most food cans)  After cutting off the edges of the tins, its easy to cut out various shapes.  Once you cut them out, file the edges smooth (file in one direction only, not back and forth) then finish with some sandpaper.  To shape, use whatever form from around the house works (dowels, various sizes of cans etc.) and use the round part of the ball peen to add texture and shape further.  Clean the metal off well and use a good spray paint for colour.  Hope this helps Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2011 07:26:34 AM »

Thank you so much for the ideas. Here is a link for the trees I like. I hope this explains my idea a little better. http://www.pier1.com/Catalog/Seasonal/tabid/975/CategoryId/1275/ProductId/34753/ProductName/Painted-Layer-Whimsy-Tree/Default.aspx
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2011 10:25:33 AM »

Cute trees!  I think you could also do those out of heavy cardstock, there are so many cool holiday papers out there!
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