Thursday, July 6, 2017

Make a Flower Pendant from a Recycled Tin

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Decorative tins are worth keeping because that metal can be used for making jewelry.  Christine Terrell shows how to make a flower pendant from a recycled tin.  The plain colors make these pendants look like they were enameled!



This is a metal work tutorial so you will need some of the basic tools like metal shears, files and dapping block and punch.  

The designer does say that the "tin" is often painted cold rolled steel.  Steel can be hard to work with. So I think the step which makes the ridges radiating out from the center of the flower will be tricky. She used conforming pliers but chain nose pliers can also be used.  I would venture to say that pushing a metal fold against the edge of the pliers will require some force. So make sure all sharp edges are properly filed smooth!

Aluminum cans are much easier to handle as the metal is a lot thinner!


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  1. I've been saving tins with the idea of using them for projects such as this. I think the possibilities are endless.

    I'm wondering if you could anneal the tin slightly. Besides applying a torch - not sure what that would do to the enamel - but if you put it in a toaster oven for a bit....

    Would be interesting to see if anyone has tried this...

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    1. The only way to know for sure is to try it!!

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