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Old 07-16-2007, 04:06 PM
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Has anyone tried to burn metal, soda pop cans? I tried it on my glass top stove and it worked pretty good, but I doubt that is the proper way. After cutting the can open and flattening it, I placed it directly on the stove top and put a large pan on top of it. Once it started smoking, I used thongs & turned it. I turned it several time until I got a nice brown/tan look. Any better ideas? Embossing the metal has a nice effect.
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Old 07-16-2007, 04:13 PM
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I've seen an embossing gun used on TV but never tried it. The fumes and smell are supposed to be bad. Atleast over the stove you can turn on the vent a hood.

Daniel, where are you, you've been working with soda pop cans a lot lately? Any advice for Diana?
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Old 07-16-2007, 11:05 PM
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I haven't done pop cans, but I have used both a butane mini torch and a heat gun on embossing metal to good effect. The torch is faster, but the gun is safer. Either way, you want to open a window for ventilation (yes, Stacy, it is a bit stinky ) and use long tweezers, tongs, or forcepts to hold the metal so you don't burn yourself.

If you do try heating copper to get the pretty colors be careful to avoid over heating the metal or you'll find your copper has gone thru' all the colors and is back to copper colored and won't change anymore.

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Old 07-16-2007, 11:48 PM
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Does it count if I turned on a burner with the burner cover still on and melted it....on accident?
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The gals that sell the copper and do the metal things like ten second studio and copper leaf designs use a butane mini torch and get wonderful colors. I have even seen Carol use just the alochol inks on them though annd get wonderful coloring
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Old 07-17-2007, 10:07 AM
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Interesting, Diana... I've used heat to alter copper coloring, but never tried it with aluminum. Would love to see an example of what you've done.

A word about safety? Quite apart from potential burns, it's important to be aware of fumes... Applying heat--whether by heat gun or open flame--to many materials can create potentially toxic compounds [i.e. the ink on aluminum cans]. As others have said, always work in a well-ventilated area & consider wearing a mask. That said? I've ironed Styrofoam--drove the DOW people crazy!

Here are two of my 'can metal' pieces...

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Old 07-17-2007, 10:57 AM
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Thanks for all the advice and sharing. Guess I will put a torch on my shopping list!
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wow your christmas angle metal work was delightful! Wonderful work
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I have even seen Carol use just the alochol inks on them though annd get wonderful coloring
Thanks for the reminder!

I once wanted copper colored mylar edging tape to match a piece of metal copper that I had embossed & heated. Alas, if one heats the tape it melts.
So I got out my trusty StaozOn inks and some cotton balls and colored the tape to match the heated copper. Worked just dandy did!!! I then tried it on some scraps of copper and it worked on that too. I think that StazOn would also work well on the inside of pop cans for color if one wanted to avoid the heat & toxic fumes of some of the other methods. (Tho' solvent inks have their own odor and should be used in a vented area as well!)
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Does it count if I turned on a burner with the burner cover still on and melted it....on accident?
Did you stamp something on it and put it out where others could see it?
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