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3D Flowers for Jewelry Made From Soda Cans

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Here are easy steps to make really fun and affordable three dimensional  roses from soda cans that can be used for pendants, earrings, hair clips, and more!
 
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Step 1: Preparing the can

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1. Wash a soda can.
2. Using sharp scissors, poke a hole in the side of the soda can near the top. I usually do this in the nutrition label.
3. Cut all the way around the can and remove the top part of the can.
4. Cut straight down the can through the nutrition label to the bottom of the can.
5. Cut around the can and rmove the bottom part of the can.
6. Trim the edges to remove jagged edges.
7. Flatten the piece of aluminum you have left.

Step 2: Punching Out the Flower Parts

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1. Place the flower punch on a flat, sturdy surface. I have the McGill Petite Petals Punch, which punches out 3 1" flowers, 2 tiny flowers, and 1 accent shape at one time.
2. Slide the flattened can into the flower punch.
3. Press down firmly on the punch until you hear the punch pop through the metal.
4. Lift the punch and slide the punched flowr parts aside.
5. Continue moving the aluminum around punching out as many flower parts as possible from the one piece. I like to use as much as I can.

Step 3: Creating the Flower

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1. Select 4-6 of the 1" flowers to create your 3D flower shape.
2. Select the flower you want to use for the inner most petals. Using needle nose pliers, bend the petals up to form a tight bloom. You can use the printed side or the blank inside- both look nice! Curl the edges of the petals a bit using the pliers.
3. Repeat the process with the other flowers, leaving them more and more open. The final flower should be basically flat as this is the base of the flower.
weibbed1 year ago
Nice 'ible.
When you use a punch to cut soda cans, the edges are not generally sharp, but if you are concerned you can use a nail file block----the one inch square, 3 inch long things in the makeup aisle of pharmacies----to sand the edges. Using an emery board or a bastard file tends to make the edges sharper, I don't know why. Probably something to do with the different size of grit in the block, or maybe its flexibility.
Also you can put a can in a punch like the one shown on the floor, and step on the punch to add some force if necessary. Sometimes my hand strength isn't sufficient to work the punch, and not all cans are the same gage. They are generally also slightly thicker at the bottom of the can.
If you are using a smaller diameter can (like the juice ones) and the roll is too much to get it into the punch jaws, you can iron the can with a regular clothes iron to flatten it. Sandwich your can between towels to protect your worksurface and iron, and use a medium high heat.
solanna2 years ago
These look adorable, but I was wondering about the sharp edges myself. Does the punch round the edges? once the flower is assembled are there any sharp edges to cut one's self on? Has anyone else adapted this ible to account for the edges? I love to make these kinds of crafts, but am hoping someone has an answer to this "edgy" question. thanks.
Smalfrii3 years ago
The type of pliers you are using are called round nose pliers,not needle nose pliers. Needle nose pliers are longer and have flat edges.
yes, I think that if i wanted to try this i would use both as I would like to see the effect of the pliers edge on the flower. See what diffference it might make. Guess i have to raid my step-moms recycle bin for a couple of cans for this project :D
ahbdesigns3 years ago
Did you do anything to guard against the sharp edges of the flower?
WhyHello3 years ago
cool1
These look really cool, but I'm a bit afraid of the edges being sharp. Is that a problem?
kittygrrl3 years ago
while some may call those needle nose, those are actually round nose pliers. if you use standard needle nose, you may get striations from the jaws.
Needle-nose might work if you've got the kind without teeth.
The sharp edges of the needle nose pliers will leave marks. Try a knitting needle, pencil or anything else round.
Natasha Dee3 years ago
Too cute!
scoochmaroo3 years ago
These are awesome! I'm definitely going to have to try this.
cokecola3 years ago
Cool and creative idea.
Maybe try using the colored side of the can too.
pinkcricket (author)  cokecola3 years ago
thanks! i actually have used both sides for other flowers- it's fun to mix and match the patterns!