So, my solution...decorate the dang tin! Using the la la la laser cutter, I can get a very precise measurement, & once I make my file, I can use it over and over again to...DECORATE. ALL. THE. TINS.
Kewl. Let's do it...get yr stuff together...
Step 1: Tools & Materials
Step 2: Measure Your Altoids Tin
- Using a pen, draw an outline around the side you want to cover.
- Using a ruler, measure the width of your outline. Write that down.
- Take a photo of your outline, from the top (or use a scanner to scan the outline).
- Import that photo onto your computer.
Step 3: Create Illustrator File
- Import the photo into Illustrator, to use as a guideline
- Using the photo as a guide, draw a box
- Use Effect > Stylize > Round Corners
- Adjust corner radius until it fits the guideline
- Go to Object > Expand Appearance (so you can resize it without the corners getting wonky)
- Size the box to be the width of your actual measured guideline (the number you wrote down in the previous step).
Step 4: Laser Cut a Test Piece
GO, LASER, GO!
Step 5: Lay the Test Piece on Your Altoids Tin
Step 6: Laser Cut Your Fancy Material
Step 7: Sand the Surface of the Altoids Tin
Step 8: Glue the Material & Let Dry...Oh Wow!
After it's dry...you can add more decoration, or let it be, as is. You can bedizen* the top, or festoon the sides, bedazzle it, whateva!
Now I have a soooooft, suede-topped tin! Fancy Schmancy! A Fancy Tin, for a Fancy Lady!
My next tutorial will be about using a laser to decorate this smashing beauty...stay tuned!
*Bedizen is a real word, meaning "to dress or adorn in a showy, gaudy, or tasteless manner." Let's bring it back to popularity, shall we? The more you know!
P.S. I made this at TechShop, a coooooool place for cooooooooool makers. Czech it out!