Long time fans of blacksmithing, we delighted in having the Florida Artist Blacksmiths Association demo at our recent Gulf Coast MakerCon event in March. We were equally delighted to find a way to bring a little bit of the blacksmith arts into our suburban garage, when we came across this great video by NightHawkinLight, on how to make a Soup Can Forge. Intrigued, we looked around for some written step-by-step instructions and didn't see any, so we hope NightHawkinLight takes it as a compliment that we documented our little build and share it here, as perhaps a companion piece to his terrific how-to video, which we've included here and highly recommend you watch in its entirety first.
Our build time, start to finish: about an hour and a half, mostly 'cause we were klutzy with the fireproof lining mixture.
Step 1: Assemble Your Supplies
- A can - we used a 28 ounce crushed tomato can, sans the crushed tomatoes. We chose to leave the label on for a Warhol-esque effect.
- A block of wood
- A black iron pipe nipple - 1/2" x 2"
- Two L brackets
- A pair of wood screws to afix the brackets to the block of wood
- A pair of small metal screws with washers and nuts to afix the can to the L brackets
- A small bag of sand
- A box of plaster of Paris
- A gallon ziplock bag to mix the sand and plaster
- A standard propane torch with a spiral flame nozzle
- Some water
- Safety glasses
- Fire Extinguisher - just in case
Step 2: Prepare Can
Drill two holes, about a half inch in from either end of the can.
On the opposite side of the holes, about an inch from the back of the can, drill a 1/2 inch hole for the black iron pipe nipple, at a slightly downward angle.
Step 3: Fasten L Brackets to Wood Block
Measure out your brackets against the length of your can and where you drilled your bracket holes in the can.