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« on: February 28, 2009 10:54:14 AM »

These have been done before of course- But they are so much fun I had to share. I have real trouble photographing them though. This one is a Coffee can - I use all sizes of cans. This is an owl with 'wind swirls'. The pictures don't show the light casting on the walls `so cool ! I've got to figure out how to make a chandileir or 'mobile' out of a bunch of small ones- I can envision them attatched to a cool branch or something and hung out in the yard....whatcha think???
TUT: fill can with water and let freeze well. I always begin the hole punching at the top of the can so that if it begins to thaw, I can put in more water and let it re-freeze. When the ice gets soft the nail bends the can more than I like. Then I progress to the bottom of the can. At the bottom I usually put a series of holes at the very bottom (on the sides, not the actual bottom) so that rain can run out and not. Of course this can also let wax run out if you use a big candle (I usually use tealights so the light is at the very bottom and shines up). When I'm done punching- I put the can with remaining ice in a bucket of water to thaw- usually in the bucket I leave out for the dogs- This is usually a summer craft for me. Then in about 3 minutes or so- the chunk of remaining ice falls out - leave it in the bucket to chill the dogs water Smiley. You can seal in the shiny color of the can with a sealant now or let'er rust Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2009 01:01:36 PM »

Neat!  I've always wanted to try this myself.

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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2009 06:38:51 PM »

I love your owl.  He's really cute.

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