After seeing how much useful material was put into aluminum cans, I was inspired to make something out of them, instead of trashing them.
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
You need the following:
Empty aluminum can
Pen (with smooth sides)
An assortment of pliers
Electrical tape (used in optional step)
Step 2: First Cut
Carefully insert the scissors near the top of the can, as shown in the second picture. Take care not to spill any leftover liquid inside. Then starting from the first cut, cut around the top of the can, until completely separated (Picture 3).
Be sure to clean up any shards that came off while cutting. (No fun stepping on those!)
Step 3: Rinsing
Rinse out any of the leftover soda under a faucet, then use a towel to dry out the insides.
This makes the whole process much cleaner.
Step 4: Continued Cutting
Make a vertical slice down the length of the can using the scissors, then cut around the bottom, the same way we did to the top. Now both the top and bottom should be removed.
Take caution while cutting, more sharp metal is exposed.
Step 5: Removing Sharp Edges
Hold the sheet of metal up flat, and cut away a thin strip of metal on each side. The strip should only be wide enough to remove the jagged edges.
After that's done, flip the colored side down, and roller it across the edge of a table to flatten it.