I knew a real Tin Man, his name was Bobby Hansson. Not only did he write the definitive work on the tin can (The Fine Art of the Tin Can), but he was an accomplished photographer, sculptor, blacksmith, musician and maker of musical instruments; a true Renaissance Artist. He died in 2015. I wrote this 'ible a few years ago but have just now edited it to reflect Bobby's life in the past tense. Very sad to change the "is" to "was", the "know" to "knew", and I think of him every day still. To pay a bit of tribute for all the wonderful artwork and humor he has added to the world here is a Valentine appropriate in style to honor him, but easy enough for anyone to make something quite similar for someone they love.
Step 1: Supplies
- A variety of cans
- A frame or a bracelet
- Tins snips
- Cotter pins
- Gorilla glue, super and reguar
- Drill, drill bits
- A photo of your Valentine
- Some glass or plastic to put the photo behind
- Something to act as a heart, I used a cookie mold but anything at all may be used
- Plastic doll arms
- Folding ruler
Step 2: Pick a Can for the Body
The size of the body will determine how big the legs will need to be, the face, arms, etc. But all bodies and body parts are very open to exaggeration. You can have really long arms or legs, every thing can be totally out of real proportion, your own eyes will guide you as we tend to see the human body in all sorts of things that are not even human.
Position whatever you are going to use for arms so you will know at what angle to cut holes or slits. You may put arms on one at a time with a rivet gun and rivets, or chose as I did to let the ruler stay in one piece to create stability.
Step 3: Arms
Step 4: Legs, Feet and a Base
Step 5: Attach the legs to the body
Felt pads will make things a tad wobbly if they are too thick, but if you need a bit of flex they are perfect, cardboard will create a stiffer "join".
Step 6: The Head
I added a tin can to the back of the bracelet so I had a surface to glue Bobby's head to. I used Gorilla glue here as it expands as it drys and acts like caulk in that it fills up the whole area with expanded glue. I simply peeled off the dried glue that was in places I didn't want it to be seen.