Upcycling an aluminum can into tinwork art.

By: Diy maven Jan 13, 2009

This is one of the most impressive up-cycling projects I've ever seen. It started out as an aluminum drink can, and turned into a beautiful embossed box. The maker, Atomic Shrimp, started the project with an empty Emerge can, a strong pair of scissors, a cork-backed table mat, a pointed object (like a scriber or even a ballpoint pen), some tape and fine abrasive paper.

First, the can was cut down one side.

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Then, after it was trimmed, it was taped onto the cork back of the table mat and sanded with the abrasive to remove the can's paint.

Using a the scriber, the maker marked out a decorative pattern.

After that, the piece was cut to shape with the scissors and then folded into the box shape.


Atomic Shrimp has a thorough pictorial of the process with some added tips if you think you'd like to attempt such a project.

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