I love drinking coke , especially when I work on projects . so I end up with a lot of waste cans.
So iI decide to turn them into something useful ,and people who are following my facebook page knows that we had Diwali recently , a festival of lights , to symbolize winning of light over darkness we decorate our house with all sorts of light , just like Christmas.
As I my a DIY-er I wanted to make something for my house that can be beautiful and also economical.
I ended up in making this small cool led soda can lantern.
I used a LED Instead of tea candles because of two things
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- I have a lot of LEDS lying
- It is safer with LED to put inside the lantern and it last for more than 8 hours that is more than a candle.
To build this we will need the following items
Step 1: After the Drink Clean the Can
whenever I finish my coke I always do this .It's like a habit now I will take the can and clean it properly to avoid anything to be inside. I rinse it for 1-2 min and shake properly and the make sure all the water and liquid is thrown out.
I keep the cans inverted for all night long to let the remaining liquid come out due to gravity
Step 2: Mark Your Intervals
This most people don't tell you to do, take out any tape . I have used masking tape as I had it you can use cello but masking tape works the best.
Attach the tape on a ruler and mark the intervals on the tape , I had chosen 1 cm for my shake ,you can use anything up to 2 cm.
Step 3: Stick the Upper Tape
Start by sticking tape on the upper part of the such that half of its width is sticking to the cylindrical part .Stick the top part and stick it on the upper part.
You can also cut it. I did that because the tape was big and I felt easy to fold it just rather than cutting it .
you can do what you feel comfortable with.
Step 4: Stick the Marked Tape on the Bottom
Now peel off the tape from the ruler which was marked in step 2 and attach it to the bottom of the can , take some time to align it straight .It is necessary that the alignment should be as perfect as you can because that will give ou the best cut later
Step 5: Make Straight Cuts
taking the reference from the intervals on the bottom parts tape cut straight lines .
Don't Cut it completely just make straight lines with the help of a ruler.
Apply slight pressure only we will cut it after we finish engraving all the reference lines with Ruler first.
Step 6: Make the Cut Deeper
After you have finish cut light straight line on the can its time to make the lines deeper take some time .
Don't rush on it can it can damage the straight cuts. you can also use a scissor , to cut the can .
We will cut all the lines starting from upper tape to lower taper limit . Not more Than that .
After finishing the cut remove the tapes.
Step 7: Transform the Can
Apply pressure from both end gently and the can will start transform. continue squeezing and releasing until you end up with the bends become more convex . Use your hands or a pencil if any case it bends inward.
make sure there is no flat bands
Step 8: Prepare the LED
Take the LED and the battery and hold to it light up , then take a string's ends and using a tape stick everything together , by winding it around and around . make sure the String doesn't get out of the tape easily .
I actually wrapped the string first and then the tape that gave the grip.
Step 9: Decorate the House With This Sweet Lamp
Hung the LED inside the can from the opening by tieing the string to the opener tightly .
Here you have a wonderful Bright light to change your ambiance.
This will last for eight hours if , just pull and change the battery if you finish it .
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