Step 3: Tools

Before you start connecting you need holes. Therfore use a puncher or a special bin rail. The hole-diameter has to be larger (1mm) than the grommet-diameter (5mm). This is necessary because the grommets fit better and the pieces stay flexible towards each other. The connection of the pieces works well with grommets (do you call them grommets?). For more solid connections, especially between the can pieces and the steel band, use blind rivets. The steel band helps you to strut some parts like the helmet or the shoulder components.
<p>pepesiman its you? (cool suit m8)</p>
Use spray paint with it to make it look cooler!
<p>dude this is insane!</p>
Bravo! This is awesome man! The craftsmanship is fantastic!
Wow! That's amazing! The last picture is awesome.
That is just incredible: nice job.
Is it aluminum foil like at a grocery store?
If you're asking about the rolls of aluminum foil... <br> <br>Not exactly. The stuff you buy on rolls to cook your turkey or what have you is much, much thinner than the stuff they make pop cans with. (I'm a midwesterner, and that's what we call those. Deal with it.) That's why it crumples and punches through so easily. <br> <br>It is almost impossible to use Reynold's Wrap to create something like this (unless you're up for melting it down and hammering it out), if that's what your asking.
Is it a Bull? Is it a Cola? No, it's Can Man! <br> <br>Those who can do, those who can't can always make a can suit.
i bet with all that red bull he was up for a week or two making that suit. with all that time in it. it did come out pretty good. one question though... any problems with getting cut by the edges of the cans ?
no, i wear long johns and a longsleeve shirt...
is saw another question posted about where did you get all the cans from ? dont remember seeing the answer. so where did all the cans come from.. and if they were all bought periodically by yourself. how long did it take to get em all. thanks and thumbs up on your build
i answerd this question already further down... got these cans (empty) from red bull!
where did you get the cans?
very patriotic.
Hang on. Not to be pedantic, because this actually does matter, but &quot;tin-foil&quot; is aluminium. Not many people actually use foil made of real tin (Sn, element name Stannum, the dominant component in regular, rosin-core electronics solder). <br><br>Not only that, but were your cans made of actual tin, they wouldn't rust at all (nor would they hold much pressure) -and- they would in fact be a piece of cake to cut.<br>While it's also true that true tin foil is more ductile than aluminium, ductility does not in and of itself lead to breakage. But you're not using tin, you're using 2 thicknesses of aluminium with differing amounts of work-hardening, which actually does determine resistance to breakage.<br><br>Steel cans, on the other hand, will rust, weigh a lot, are hard to cut, harder to find, harder to shape, etc.<br><br>Just thought you guys should know.
Thank you for the information. Perhaps i am not that good with these technical terms but for me tin-foil is not foil made out of real tin... Its a thin sheet steel coated with tin...<br><br>
You probably mean thin, galvanized steel sheet. If it was actually tinned steel, that would be pretty useful, since it means you could solder directly to the sheet and make lots of really great things. <br><br>In any case, nice job with the design and construction!
He means tinplate, which is what most food cans are made of. (Or at least they used to be?) That's mild steel plated with tin for foodsafeness and corrosion resistance. I don't come across many Coke cans, but I thought they were aluminum too, so...doesn't clear up the issue entirely I guess.
I don't know what Coke and other soda cans are made of where you live, but here in the US they're made of aluminum. I very rarely come across drink cans that are made of steel or tin. Just thought you should know.<br> <br> Very cool suit, by the way! Great construction!<br> <br> CC
Would you be able to update the instructable with a list of what those tools and materials are for those of us who can't recognize them just by looking at the picture?<br><br>I'm trying to make a suit of armor like this, and it would really help to know what exactly I'm buying.<br><br><br>Thanks!
<br> Ok i will try!<br> <br> <em>Cutting</em>:<br> <strong>1</strong>: I used <strong>metal shears</strong> to remove the bottom of the can which is harder than the rest of the can and to cut the steelband and the tinplate.<br> <br> <strong>2</strong>: For the rest of the can i used a ordinary <strong>shere</strong>.<br> <br> <strong>3</strong>: To punch the holes in the can pieces i used a <strong>hole puncher</strong> and a <strong>punch pliers</strong>.<br> <br> <br> <em>Connecting</em>:<br> <strong>4</strong>: To connect the can pieces to each other i used a <strong>grommet pliers</strong>. (The Grommet diameter should be about 1 mm smaller than the hole diameter --&gt; can pieces stay movable)<br> <br> <strong>5</strong>: For the places i couldnt reach with the grommet pliers or that needed a more solid connection i used a <strong>blind rivet pliers</strong>.<br> <br> <br> <em>Materials</em>:<br> <strong>6</strong>: <strong>Steel band</strong> to structure some parts like the helmet or the shoulder component.<br> <br> <strong>7</strong>: <strong>Tinplate</strong> for the same reason but its more flexible than the steel band and can be used at other places.<br> <br> <strong>8</strong>: <strong>Gloves</strong> for your saftey!<br> <br> 9..... <strong>CANS</strong>!!!<br> <br> <br> I think these are the most important things you will need everything else is optional and i`m sure there are several other ways and tools that work as well as mine did, or even better!!!<br> As said, these tools were used to work with aluminium cans!<br> What is more, the tools aren`t that expensive... the absolutely most important thing you will need is a lot of time!<br> <br> <br>
Thanks a bunch! That's really helpful.
Red bull gives you (wings) an amazing armor
haha! You need to try for sponsorship after making that suit!<br>
I've got to say this is so cool and I love it !<br>
Better than a can't suit!
Did red bull send you empty cans?? Did it cost you for the cans? And how much?
Pretty sweet, but I would probably trip and bleed to death from a million tiny lacerations.
Oh my word! This is AMAZING! Please tell me that the folks at Red Bull have seen this?! Amazing job!
How did you make the knee joints bendable? Can we get some more photos of the knees, elbow, shoulder areas to see how it moves? Maybe a close up of how you layer the pieces for the rivits?
no problem, i will add them tomorrow!
Double rainbows!
ver cool, just needs to be alot more described and have a few more pictures to be a full instuctable though
yes, this really needs more detail. at this point of development it's less 'Instructable' and more 'Likes'-trolling. <br><br>
i am working on it... more pictures more discription!
That's really a cool suit! And it's done very well!<br><br>just a silly question... did that suit give you wings? :D<br><br>nice job, bsenger!
Excellent job! <br>I understand why people want MORE DETAIL!!! However, I tend to think it's fine the way it is. Do they want a suit EXACTLY like yours or do they want to improvise in a few places. They will likely have to do that anyway because of their body type.<br>Anyway, keep up the good work!<br>Maybe Red Bull will give you wings next!
Excellent project - just not enough detail...
It's hard to tell from your instructable, do you pop rivet the cans together directly, or to a piece of cloth to act as a flexible medium? Actually... they don't look like pop-rivets... what kind are they?<br><br>Can you show more detail on the construction part? You have great photos of the completed item... and some good photos of the tools and prep work... but the actual INSTRUCTIONS that make this an Instructable... they are a but vague.<br><br>You could include things like...<br>1) How you calculated the layout / shape.<br>2) How the parts were joined.<br>3) What did you do differently at the joint areas.<br>4) How many sections, and how are they held together.<br><br>Thanks,<br>Jerry
They look like very short, prolly 1/8 inch aluminum pop rivets.
Ok, this evening i will add some pictures with more instructions :)
How do you avoid cutting yourself when you walk?
i wear long johns and a longsleeve shirt...
Wow...amazing suit, but where did you get that many cans?
i directly asked red bull! they have enough ;)
good job!

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