Price: 1 – 5$ || Time: 1 – 3 h || Difficulty: Medium – Hard “Crafty and patience”
We are in this tutorial going true how to craft a beer can lantern. The beer can is rather easy to prepare.. The hard/time consuming part is to cut the negative from the aluminium foil! But do not be afraid.. the time spent is well worth! :)
Step 1: Watch this first! :)
This is a tutorial video I have made! It was my second video ever, so some scenes are a little bit unnecessary long.
If you can not watch the video true the "picture frame", then you can follow this link instead!
Step 2: Requierd items
You will need:
- Aluminium Foil
- Aluminium tape
- Regular Tape
- Cutting board
- Negative for your motive (we will make this!)
- Small Rubber Hose
- Hot Glue and Glue Gun
- File (with a round side)
- Sandpaper Pliers (for metal)
- Drill and screwdriver
- Spray paint
- Beer Can
Step 3: Preparing the foil
A negative can be made in for example Photo shop or Gimp:
Start of by finding a picture that you want to use, a picture with strong contrasts is recommended. When you have chosen, start of by change the colour to "grey scale". Then "Posterize", chose level 2. The amount of levels is equal to the amount of colours in the picture. So level 2 means black and white! :) Print this!
"1."Remove any extra material and place your negative on the foil. Make sure that the foil is still larger then the size of hole you want in your can.
"2."Apply a second layer of aluminium by using aluminium tape. This is to make the foil more stable and less likely to lose its shape while cutting and using the lantern.
"3."Use some clear tape to attach the negative to your foil. I also using clear tape over the whole picture, to give the paper a extra stiffness.