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Coasters are nice things to use to protect wood from unwanted moisture, the kind that beads up on cold glass or metal containers.  Here is a coaster that will please the man in your life.  Use the empty can from their favorite soft drink, (or beer) to decorate these coasters.  It will make them happy to place their next can of drink on to the matching coaster.  So here is how to make them.
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4”x4” white ceramic tiles (+/- 25¢ each)
Empty soda can
E-6000 glue
Scissors, or tinsnips (or rotary cutter, not shown)
Box knife
T-shirt grocery bag
Clear glaze coating
Paint brush
Felt or cork
Small squeegee
Something to use as weights (not shown)

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Using the cutting instrument of your choice, remove the top and bottom from the can, I use some small sharp scissors. 

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I then cut the can down the center back, near the UPC (universal purchase code).  I tried the tinsnips, the scissors and the box knife and had a hard time getting even a semi smooth cut. 

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I then took my rotary cutter and used it to cut a 3½” by 3½” square from the front of the can so it can be easily recognized.  The rest of the metal, from each can, was put into our aluminum recycling bin.

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Squeeze a generous amount of E-6000 glue on to the back of the aluminum square.  Place the metal square glue side down on top of the ceramic tile.  Center as best you can and use the small squeegee to smooth out the glue.  Excess glue will squeeze out from under the metal. 

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I put the t-shirt grocery bag (E-6000 will not stick to the grocery bag) over the tile, then a heavy book and other weights upon the bag.  I let it dry for 12+ hours.

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Once dry, I used the box knife to remove the excess glue. 
Awesome! I will be making these for my room and for my dad! Great instructable!!
I used spray on Krylon clear glaze. For those who wanna save some time!
eckopariah2 years ago
a very cool idea. will definitely be doing this one, however I'm going to try to add some glass with a border around it to the top of the coaster.
This needs a like button....favorite works but like buttons would show how many people like it!
troyka3 years ago
A good tip when cutting soda cans, fill them with water, and freeze them, then work on them. less cuts, more safe. :)
canucksgirl3 years ago
Nice job!
Childlike3 years ago
Like the Gordon B. Hinckley video pic! :)
craftknowitall (author)  Childlike3 years ago
I used it because it was a hefty book and I'm not ashamed of being LDS. There are at least 2 more of us on Instructables that I know of, besides our friend from Sweden below. Thanks for commenting.
jolemannen3 years ago
nice you are a lds cool me to im from sweden :)
Adam Manick3 years ago
I guess you could call it...(puts glasses on)...Pop art!
craftknowitall (author)  Adam Manick3 years ago
l8nite3 years ago
great idea !
These are awesome - they look great! :)
MaryT8M3 years ago
Very nice! I didn't know E6000 won't stick to the plastic grocery bag......that alone was worth this instructable!