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How to transform an aluminium drink can into a charming little embossed metal box. Here's the video version of the instructions:
Using abrasive paper and/or steel wool, rub off the paint/printing on the outside the can. This doesn't have to be perfect, as tthis will be the inne...
Empty out the can contents and using a sharp pair of scissors, cut around the top, down one side and around the bottom. This should leave you with a ...
Tape the metal down flat to a stiff surface that has a little bit of yield in it. This could be a piece of stout cardboard, but I used the cork back ...
Using a stout ballpoint pen and a straight edge, firmly inscribe lines into the metal - starting with a two-inch square right in the middle, then a f...
Again, using the ballpoint pen, inscribe patterns on the top and side sections of the box - you can do this freehand for curly or organic shapes, or u...
Remove the tape securing the metal - now that it's embossed, it should stay pretty nuch flat all on its own. Turn it over so you're working on the si...
Turn the metal over again, so you're working on the inscribed side. With the ballpoint pen, firmly retrace the entire original pattern. This process...
Turn the metal over so you are working on the raised pattern side. Using the ballpoint pen and a straight edge, inscribe diagonal lines into each of ...
Fold the metal to start forming the box - the inscribed lines box should fold naturally in their own correct directions. The diagonal corners fold in...
Fold the small tabs inwards along all sides, starting with the sides against which the folded-in corner pieces had been pressed. This performs two fu...
If you make another box of similar design, but a quarter inch smaller all around the top, you can fit the first one over it as a lid. The bottom box ...
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