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Topic: Craftster-inspired "Pop" Art Mirror  (Read 103931 times)
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« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2007 03:45:46 AM »

That's amazing!!  I better start drinking soda so that I can build one, too.

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« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2007 08:18:14 AM »

THIS definitely ROCKS! *clicks button*

As good as, if not better than the one that inspired you!!!!

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« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2007 12:53:10 PM »

This is awesome! I need to have one!  Grin I make jewelry from bottlecaps, so I have a minor soda obsession.

Any more construction details you wanna share would be highly appreciated. Smiley

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« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2007 01:32:24 PM »

Oooh - I'm so glad to see that someone did this.  I watched a DIY show a couple of months ago where they used soda cans for various projects, and I tried to cover a cd box and ended up giving up.  I was trying to use this strong adhesive because I couldn't find nails short enough to not stick out on the other side.  Even the industrial strength bond stuff that I got wouldn't keep the can pieces from curling up.  I'm going to start looking for the right mirror now - since I don't have any place to make my own.  Wonderful job!!!

« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2007 07:42:34 PM »

Oh, thanks for all the comments...I'm glad everyone likes this is as much as I do!
So more details. Let's see, aside from constructing the frame, it's pretty simple really. Just time consuming. I cut the cans using good kitchen shears (Pampered Chef actually), but then I switched to using a sharp nail-like thing that my husband had, and I scored lines along a metal straight-edge. Then one or two bends snapped them easily. I used a template made from card-stock to keep them all nice and equal. I had pre-measured the frame to calculate how big I needed the pieces to be.You need to flatten the can pieces, and the best way to do that it to just run them over the edge of a countertop backwards until it sits straight. Once I had all the pieces, I laid them out on the frame to arrange them the way I wanted them. Then I started from each corner tacking the pieces down with contact adhesive (Goop). I put just a thin layer on each one so it wouldn't get lumpy. I worked my way in from each side, switching back and forth, trimming the pieces a tiny bit here and there to make sure they all fit evenly. When they were all tacked down, it was time to add the nails. I supposed that you could glue them down a bit better than I did, and skip the nails all-together, but I liked how the nails looked, so I had planned to do that anyway. To put the nails in, I used that same sharp nail-type thing to pre-drill the holes into each corner of the pieces. The nails we used were tiny (1/4 inch) carpet tacks. They would be very hard to hold onto while hammering them in, so the pilot holes were necessary. Then we just stuck the nails into the holes and hammered them the rest of the way in. Once that was all done, we could put the mirror in.
If you purchase a mirror for this project, I would suggest trying to find one that the mirror can be removed from. If not, you will need to be very careful hammering the nails in. There are 480 nails on my mirror frame. That was a LOT of hammering, and it could be a lot of stress on the mirror. Just a thought.
I'm so flattered to have inspired others to do this! As I said, it was time-consuming, but a LOT of fun, and now my favorite conversation piece in my house. I want to make more, but on a smaller scale, maybe picture frames, which would be cool too! I can't wait to see what others do!! Thanks again!
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« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2007 12:34:22 AM »

i love it.

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« Reply #16 on: February 03, 2007 12:11:58 PM »

I love love love your mirror.  I am trying to think where I could hang one....... Grin
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« Reply #17 on: February 03, 2007 12:25:55 PM »

i think you should do a tutorial
its awesome Wink

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« Reply #18 on: February 03, 2007 06:47:40 PM »

I love that !! great job looks incredable

« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2007 07:21:53 PM »

This project is awesome.

Did the can "tiles" warp when you were hammering them?

How long did it take you to make this!

You did a great job and should be really proud.
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