Tuesday, 17 December 2013

make a crown from a tin can

Don't you just love crowns? Especially rusty crowns.

I saw a rusty crown on Pinterest when I first joined it and really really wanted one of my own. But where to find one?

Solution: make my own!

Firstly, I got a tin can. This one used to have some kind of fruit in it so it was bigger than your usual baked beans can.

I got a piece of paper and cut it to fit around the can. Then I folded it so I could divide it into uniform peaks for my crown.

I cut out the pattern and traced it onto the can using a marker.

I used tin snips to cut the can and then used a file to make the edges a little less dangerous.

Its still pretty sharp, however, so if I was to make another one I'd go a step further and fold over the edges to round them off.

So, my crown was made, but of course it was WAAAAY too shiny.

I put it in a solution of salt and vinegar, but really, I've never had as much luck with that as they claim on Pinterest. I found that you can leave most things in salt and vinegar for-EVER and nothing happens. HOWEVER, once you take them out and expose them to the air a while things start to happen. ie Rust happens.

With the crown, I sat it in a bowl of solution and kept turing it to get a kind of rusty effect.

Given my crown is a bit on the deadly side, I'll be using it as a decorative item in places where no one can impale themselves on it. ie, I won't be leaving it on the couch...

I really enjoyed working with the tin. I'm thinking of a few other projects I could use tin cans for...

For now I think I'll just concentrate on the other 5097 projects I have waiting.


PS. Some updated photos of the crown. Turns out it wasn't finished after all. It took Wayne 5 seconds to 'fix' it. All he did was bend the points and it was better!

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  1. Visiting from Knick of Time. This is so cute!!! I have never heard of the Salt and Vinegar method, will definitely be trying this. Pinning this, finally a project I might try with my billion tin cans I have saved!

  2. Thanks! I do love my tin crown. Glad you like it!

  3. I just loved your tin can crown so much I came back today to share it on Friday Finds!

  4. I love this project! The crown is just beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing. New Follower!

  5. How much salt and vinegar do you use for the solution? Did you keep it in the solution while outside? How long did it take? Thank you so much!

  6. Great work! I love crowns and made my own. From restaurants you can get very big tins..... Perfect for the garden!! Love from Hamburg

  7. I love your crown....I mean...I am really going to make one now. thanks to you!


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