These are fairly easy to make, can be made quite quickly with repetition, and make for interesting gifts. With some practice, you can even determine what parts of the can will show on the ring.
And what isn't to be loved about recycling?
Step 1: Tools and Materials
- Empty aluminum can
- Pen (with smooth sides)
- An assortment of pliers
- Electrical tape (used in optional step)
Step 2: First Cut
Be sure to clean up any shards that came off while cutting. (No fun stepping on those!)
Step 3: Rinsing
This makes the whole process much cleaner.
Step 4: Continued Cutting
Take caution while cutting, more sharp metal is exposed.
Step 5: Removing Sharp Edges
After that's done, flip the colored side down, and roller it across the edge of a table to flatten it.
Step 6: Measuring
Measuring Width: Depending on how wide you want the ring, you should make this part 3x wider. Ex: If you wanted a 1/2 inch wide ring, it would be 1 1/2 inches wide.
I wanted my ring about 1/4 inch wide, so I measured a little over 3/4 inches downward. Then I measured 3 3/8 inches perpendicular to the width line (length-ways). I marked these points with a pen. (Pen works okay on the shiny side, not so well on the colored) Cut all of this as pictured.
Step 7: More Measuring, then Folding
In case you were wondering, this is where the clipboard comes in. It helps tremendously with folding in straight lines. Push the clip open, then slide the piece of metal under it until it meets evenly with the widest line. Slowly fold the rest of it up, take it off the clip, and use the pen to crease all but the very end of it.
Repeat this with the other side, when completed, it should look like the sixth picture.
Step 8: Even More Measuring
1/4 of an inch for good measure.
In other words, the piece of metal should be marked with the distance around your finger, plus 1/4 inch.
Don't cut it at this mark, measure about 3/4 inch from it, then cut. Cut the end at an angle, as diagrammed in picture 3.
Step 9: Bending
Use the pen to start bending the piece of folded metal into a circle, then push the tapered end into the other end, under the other two folded parts. It should form a squished down looking circle.
With the mark we made earlier meeting the end of the other side (the one we just pushed the tapered end into), bend the ring into a complete circle.
Use a pair of pliers to squish down any "bubbles" formed on the inside of the ring.
The ring should now comfortably fit your finger.
Step 10: Optional
Cut a piece of electrical tape to the length of your ring's outside. Trim it to a little less than your ring's diameter, and slowly press it to the inside of your ring.