Things You'll Need
- Tin can
- Large nail
- Rust-resistant spray paint
Functional art and recycled art are popular styles of creation, and making jewelry from a tin can is an example of these art forms. You can recycle a tin can by turning it into jewelry with only a few tools and a bit of creativity. This is an excellent way to recycle your tin cans and make something functional and beautiful as well.
Clean the empty tin can out completely. It is usually best to run the tin can through a cycle in the dishwasher to make sure it is completely clean.
Using permanent ink, draw the design you want to cut out of the tin can. You should be able to determine easily which areas should be cut out and which areas are designed to remain intact.
Fill the clean tin can with water and place it in your refrigerator. The metal is easier to hammer into when it has been frozen through.
Use the hammer and nail to create holes in the tin can. The purpose of these holes is to serve as guidelines for the hacksaw. Once the guide holes have been created, you can slip the hacksaw blade through the first hole to begin sawing.
Use the hacksaw to saw out your jewelry design carefully after allowing the can to thaw and drain. The hacksaw blade is sharp, so you should use caution when getting used to using it. The design, once cut out, may be sharp.
Sand down the edges of the jewelry design once it has been cut free from the tin can. Make sure there are no sharp edges, as the tin material can be sharp at first.
Embellish your tin can pendant or jewelry element as desired using rust-resistant spray paint. Before you paint--If you're going to make a pendant--now would be a good time to use a nail and hammer to create a hole for the neck chain or cording to go through. Paints with glossy finishes are especially popular as they lend a shiny appearance to the finished pieces. Allow the pieces to finish drying completely before attaching them to chains.
James McIlhargey is currently attending the University of Texas as a doctoral candidate in physics. In addition to his studies, McIlhargey has quite a bit of experience in electronics, engineering and other science-related fields, which he uses to write online content for various websites.