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Topic: How to Make Silver and Gold Tin stars from soda cans. **Tutorial added page 2**  (Read 218027 times)
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« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2007 12:36:18 PM »

These are totally awesome.  I'd love to make some for this Christmas, if you can manage to come upwith a tut early enough.........PLEASE!
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2007 01:49:22 PM »

ooh ooh ooooh - SO cool!

I don't have a tree as I don't celibrate Christmas, but I am in a Secret Santa thing at school. The guy I want would like money or a giftcard - how lame is that? - -;
But if these don't really cost anything out of my budget, I'd LOVE to make some!!  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2007 03:11:29 PM »

wow those are so great!! absolutely beautiful. how did you make those (if you don't mine me asking)? anyways really great job.

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« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2007 04:58:57 PM »

those are really beautiful!  you make them sound so easy to make--are they?
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« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2007 11:23:46 PM »

fantastic! I am already broke because of xmas presents and I haven't set up my tree :S so I think I'm gonna try to make some!
But it would be fantastic (and easier) if you posted a tutorial Smiley

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« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2007 08:34:30 AM »

Wow, those are beautiful. I love the idea of recycling trash into beautiful ornaments!

Are the edges sharp?
« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2007 09:53:33 AM »

They look amazing.  I can't wait to try making them some time.  Smiley

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« Reply #17 on: December 14, 2007 10:28:04 AM »

gorgeous!! looks fancy, store bought.

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« Reply #18 on: December 14, 2007 10:33:26 AM »

Wow this thread has grown  since I left. well You asked for it so here it is:

1. take a suitable- semi attractive, empty beverage can (rinse it out first)

2. using tin snips remove the top, cut down along the seam (it's a printed seam, not an actual seam)then cut off the bottom.

you should have a semi-flat piece of tin like this (the tin refuses to lay flat unless you crease it and you do not want to crease it)

3.Using your star pattern and a permanent marker trace your star onto your flattened piece of tin, Pay attention to the placement of your pattern if you are using the printed side, you may not want type to show up on your ornaments, at this point I cut out the gold star only ,using a regular pair of scissors (I got only one gold star on each can  that I wanted to use) Bonus* my scissors are super  sharp now

My star pattern was made using the: Cut a five pointed star in one snip  featured on the  Betsy Ross website here: http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagstar.html 
(I just love this Star and have found so many uses for this technique)

4- using a small hammer and some punches, I texture the remaining tin, then I cut out my remaining stars (don't cut out the stars before texturing as it will misshapen your stars)

5.Now that all your stars are cut out it's time to fold, Yes Fold, Place you star right side down,we will be folding up the side that will not be seen.  Place a metal ruler  from  star tip to the inner point (directly across from the star tip) Holding the ruler firmly bend the star up,you want a nice crease but be careful, the tin will split if folded too much ( I found it helpful to use another metal ruler to help fold up the star) continue folding until all five points have been creased.

6. Pinch you star tips, that right I said pinch them, as you pinch your tips you will notice that the inner point concave or fold inward that's exactly what you want. Continuing pinching until all star tips have been pinched.

7. using my metal ruler I carefully sharpen each  inner fold and outer fold until I am happy with the way it looks

I developed this technique several years ago, last year I made stars out of the Christmas card I received (I receive and send over 100 cards each year). I attached a backing and a small clothes  pins, placed them along a decorative cord. Now Last year's cards display this year's cards!


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« Reply #19 on: December 14, 2007 10:47:55 AM »

Wow, those are beautiful. I love the idea of recycling trash into beautiful ornaments!

Are the edges sharp?

While the edges are sharp they are not super sharp. I made about 30 of these and didn't cut myself, not even a scratch

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