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« on: July 31, 2006 01:40:04 PM »

I found this great page of altered altoid tins (http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/alttins.html)   Thanks to the poster who supplied the link to art e-zine, by the way. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for cutting and attaching paper or beads/gems to the tins so the paper doesn't wrinkle or curl or the gems don't fall off- I've got quite the stash of tins that currently hold such things like earrings, hair clips, etc.  They could stand a hit of the pretty stick!


« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2006 11:05:15 AM »

that really is a cool site!  Hmmm, I read somewhere that you can hold an altoid tin over a fire and it will make it all black so that the logo & stuff are gone.  Not sure how practical that is to do though  Cheesy  Maybe just get some nice heavy paper and glue it to the tin, and go from there.  There are so many different things you could do with these.

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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2006 06:43:30 AM »

You can easily strip the paint off an Altoids tin with the citrus type of paint remover, or you can also just sand most of it off (might want to use a dust mask if you do this) - as far as attaching paper, gel medium works just fine, and for larger items I have used E6000 glue.  I've also read that Judikins' Diamond Glaze is recommended for that sort of thing, although I haven't used it myself.  (Re: burning the paint off:  I've also heard of folks doing this with a small propane torch.)

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