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Topic: Covered Altoid Tin for my Mom  (Read 7632 times)
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« on: December 29, 2009 12:45:21 PM »

So, I still have a couple weeks 'til my family comes down for Christmas- I'm so lucky because I needed the extra crafting time (I'm making EVERYONE's presents this holiday season). I just finished this covered altoid tin today and I'm so happy with how it turned out. It's for my mom who doesn't have a lot of interests (she likes coffee and flowers, is a nurse working on her Master's degree, and is a go-to-church-every-Sunday Christian). I still have two coffee mugs I'm painting for her and I'm also going to make some individual cup coffee bags (tea bags only with coffee in them) and this tin is to house her coffee bags while she's at work!

This is my first attempt at covering an altoid tin and so I really hope it all holds together! The top says "Nurses... God's Love Made Real"
On the inside I have a lovely quote from a famous nurse, Florence Nightingale.
"Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation as any painters or sculptors work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of Gods spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts."

I was just so proud, I had to show this off!

And oh- btw, I don't have a pasta roller or anything, so this was all done by hand with a cheapo plastic rolling pin >_< I highly suggest not doing it that way if you can at all help it. I'm just too poor to get anything decent at the moment...

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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2009 12:53:21 PM »

That is so pretty!

« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2009 03:01:36 PM »

Pretty purple flowers!!   The design came out nice too. I'm sure your Mom will love it. 

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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2009 05:57:25 PM »

This is cute ... do you have a photo of the inside? How did you get the clay to "stick" to the metal?

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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2009 06:16:10 PM »

You did a great job! I lespecially love the silver with the purple. What brand of clay is the silver? I've been looking for silver clay each time I go to the craft strore and can't find any. Thanks!

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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2009 06:46:06 PM »

Thanks for all the lovely comments Smiley

As for the questions... I used this tutorial here: http://www.desiredcreations.com/howTo_PJCoverAltoid.htm
It states that you just needed to thoroughly clean and dry the tin and the clay will end up sticking to the metal. So far from all my testing of opening and closing, the clay is holding nice and tight to the metal!

I don't have pictures of the inside as of yet, maybe I can get some shortly... and I'll add them to the main post. But it's not terribly exciting, just some shiny silver paper with the long quote glued to the top and the same silver paper for the bottom (without the quote of course ^_-)...

For the silver, I used Fimo Effects clay... I got silver and gold polymer clay at either a Michael's or Hobby Lobby... I bought it a while back (like 2 years ago, I'm surprised it stayed as well as it did without drying out and crumbling all over the place!) so I don't remember exactly where I got it... Good luck in finding some where you are!

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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2010 11:45:41 AM »

Really very nice job!  Interesting to see the Altoid tin covered as "two-toned" too (lid covering versus  bottom covering).

The method Desiree shows in her lesson creates a "mechanical" hold of the clay on the tin since the clay also comes down around the edges of the lid half, and all the way around the bottom half.  If the lid had simply had a flat clay veneer on top, it wouldn't necessarily hold well after baking (though raw clay sticks readily to very smooth surfaces). 
There's more on various tips, examples, and ways for covering Altoid tins (and other things) on this page for anyone else interested:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/covering.htm (under the Metal category, click on Altoid tins, etc.)

notanotherxerox, there are various "silver" colored polymer clays (and various ways to make polymer clay look silver as well where the color of the clay doesn't matter).
The polymer clays that contain mica particles (fairly clear thin sheets of the layers on mica "rocks") will be a kind of muted metallic color (especially the "silver" ones for some reason) compared to some of the other ways of creating metallic colors with polymer clay, though their brightness and depth can be increased by applying a clear finish or by sanding-and-electric-buffing. 

Because the mica particles are actually tiny flakes though, they won't always look uniform in color if they're not treated in certain ways...instead they'll be a combination of shinier and duller colors in various areas.  (If the clay is rolled over repeatedly, pressed down, or even pulled repeatedly, the mica particles will all become oriented so their flat sides are upward and reflect light... and look shinier.  If the end of a sheet/etc. of clay that's been treated like that is cut at the end or an impression is made into it or its folded onto itself, for example, those areas will look dull because you're actually viewing the flakes from the side not from their broad surfaces.)
Some brands and lines of polymer clay will have more mica particles in them than others though, and so will be shinier and do those "special effects" that mica-clays can do much better than other brands/lines.  The ones with the most mica particles have usually been Kato Polyclay and Premo, and now FimoSoft** is making some too (those didn't have as much mica in the beginning, but perhaps do now).  The Sculpey III metallic colored clays have very little mica.  As mentioned, the silver ones are less clear and bright than the gold and copper though.
**FimoSoft also makes clays now that they call "Metallics" but don't have any mica in them at all... those actually have glitter in them rather than mica, and won't look or act the same.
Kato Polyclay is available at Hobby Lobby, and online... the Fimo clays are available at Michaels and often various other places too, and online.  Places to find polymer clay locally usually include craft stores, hobby stores, and art supply stores, though the colors and brands available will vary.
(Supply Sources: http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/supplysources.htm )

There's loads more info on the brands and lines of mica-containing clays, how to make them yourself, how to mix colors, all the tricks they can do, etc., on this page of my site, if you want to check them out:

(The other ways of making polymer clay look like metal involve putting something on top of the raw or baked clay:
...really-shiny materials like "composition leaf," "real-metal" powders, and a few metallic markers that are safe to use on polymer clay
...somewhat-more pearlescent metallics like mica powders (just the powders, not mixed into clay) --or mica powders mixed into clear liquids to use as paints-- and even some acrylic paints and inks as well as metallic waxes and metallic foils 
Those would be discussed on these pages if you're interested in them:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Faux--many.htm (...click on Metals)

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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2010 11:51:35 PM »

Very pretty tin! You should be proud! I know your Mom will be Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2010 03:57:49 AM »

that tin is fabulous. I love to see what can be done using limited resources. It gives hope to the rest of us who either cant get, or cant afford fancy tools.

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« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2010 11:51:23 AM »

Very very lovely. I love the colors and the flowers. Good job on your 1st

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« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2010 07:23:25 PM »

It's beautiful. I'm sure your mom will love it.

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« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2010 09:55:32 PM »

Was looking for something to make my mother for Mother's Day, and saw this. Wink Excellent job, especially with no pasta/clay roller. Bravo to you for doing it all by hand. This is gorgeous and something my mom could possibly leave on her desk. She's a special education teaching aid. I'm going out to get some altoids tomo!  Cheesy

« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2010 08:09:56 AM »

Excellent!  Now I kick myself for not saving all those empty tins...but I couldn't think what to do with them.  Yard sales might be a good place to pick up a low price pasta roller.  Seems to me I saw one last fall for very little money, but couldn't think of a reason to buy it, knowing I would never make my own pasta.  Now I know!

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