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Old 12-11-2012, 11:04 AM
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Our town has monthly recycling pickups & they get their share of paper & plastic from our household, as well as some cans. But I save a few beverage cans to use as craft material.

Figure I'm not the only one here who's used this form of metal in their projects, so thot we might share are whats & hows.

I've already shared one metal piece on my 'decorate the tree' thread.

The 2 I'm sharing on this thread are 'rare'. They show the first step & the finished version.

Not getting into specifics just yet. Figure I'll get into that if there's interest & hope other 'metal head stampers' will add their input...
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:45 AM
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I've heard about using pop cans to make backgrounds and stuff, but you art is SUBLIME! My main concern is the sharpness of the edges. Any suggestions? And, have you ever used metal tape? It's quite fun to run thru a CB as well as to color with acrylic ink.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:09 PM
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I've heard about using pop cans to make backgrounds and stuff, but you art is SUBLIME! My main concern is the sharpness of the edges. Any suggestions? And, have you ever used metal tape? It's quite fun to run thru a CB as well as to color with acrylic ink.
LOL, 'AQ'! I like limes sub & other. Tanx for the compliment.

Sharp edges scares lots of folk. Guess what? I have never cut myself when working with beverage cans. I get more paper cuts than metal ones--trust me! And my regular scissors (Fiskars Micro-tip) are great for cutting the metal--And "No" they haven't dulled by cutting metal.

Metal tape? Nope. I'd have to buy it & I'm a cheapskate!
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I bought some roof flashing to run through the Big Shot with embossing folders but the cutting dies also work a treat Your work is amazing and original I see, Daniel, and mine obviously is not! It's another example of what can be done though. I also use tin cans to make these kinds of cards and have never cut myself, or had a class member cut themselves.

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Old 12-11-2012, 04:19 PM
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Susan, the mere fact that you considered using roof flashing makes you more than just original - you're an OOBer! You fit right in, just perfecto!
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Oooh, what's an OOber? Sounds interesting! LoL!
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LOL, Susan! I promise to say thanx for your compliment if you promise not to worry about your own work being [I]unoriginal[/]. I guarantee you that much of my work is derivative.

Metal flashing? Absolutely! Although it has to be purchased it has 2 things going for it. It doesn't require prepping the beverage can (BC) & it's usually much cheaper that comparable craft metal. And (like BC) it will take color so you don't have to settle for just 'silver'.

Glad you flashed us with your project.

OOBs? Love it, 'AQ'! Can already see that there's lots of OOBs here!

As Susan says, metal (flashing & BC) works in EFs, can be diecut, punched & tooled. While tooling can be time-consuming, I like the dimension it adds to a stamped metal project. And stippling can cover a multitude of oops.
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Thanks, Daniel

Tell me, what tools do you use for metal tooling?
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Tell me, what tools do you use for metal tooling?
Good question. I have several tools I like. Double-end ballpoint stylus & various wood tools that were marketed for working with clay.

I like the wood tools 'cause they don't risk cutting the metal when I use them.

But 'found' tools like brush handles, pencils, pens, craft sticks are fun to play with, too. TFA!
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