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You can make your own earrings out of soda cans with just a few tools and a little bit of time!  You'll amaze your friends and get compliments from strangers.  No one will believe these cuties started as soda cans!  You can make them as fancy or not fancy as you like.. add color, texture, shapes, or leave the design of the can on display to show through.

Please take a moment to vote for this tutorial while you're here!  These are super cute made with paper punches... imagine how great they could be made with an Epilog laser cutter!! 

Step 1: What you'll need

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You will need:
 A drink can
 A paper punch- Any shape you like will work.  If your shape is solid, without any holes in the interior design, you will also need a small hole punch.  (For the butterfly earrings, I used the EK Success Butterfly Layering Punch.  For the 'Please Recycle' Earrings, I used a 1” and ½” circle)
 A sharp pair of scissors
 A small pair of pliers
 A few beads… I prefer teardrop shape, which I find easier to wrap with wire, but use whatever you fancy.
 Jewelry wire.  It just has to be thin enough to fit through your beads.  I used 24 gauge wire in this demonstration.
 Earring hook findings

Optional tools for extra fanciness:
 An embossing machine and embossing folder
 Alcohol inks
 Felt stamper

In other tutorials I have seen, they fold over a piece of sand paper and rub edges til rounded and smooth.
walshashe4 months ago

hi, this is great, but how do you deal with the sharp edges after cutting with the punch. i have many 1 inch circles cut from some fabulous red textured cans but the edges are super sharp.

I adore the butterflies! Do the earrings have any sharp edges? I was planning on making some as gifts but I don't want the recipients to get cut. Thanks!
smartone1 year ago

Great instructions ! thanks for sharing.

adp0032 years ago
They really come to life even more in reality. They are awesome and allow you to express your unique individuality however you choose!
cal80072 years ago
Thanks for the tutorial! I have that punch I didn't know it could cut metal!

Carmen L
kangel12 years ago
instead of ruining your scissors, it's better to use tin snips or wire cutters (and a can opener works wonder on the top edge, especially if you use it around the OUTside edge)
bthartman2 years ago
Great idea, very cool.
cofelice2 years ago
Wow! Very cool! Thanks for sharing...
pitaquest2 years ago
Wow!!! These are super cool. Good luck in the contest
WyndWytch2 years ago
Those are very cool. I really like the butterfly ones :D So gonna have to try them
Very cool, I also didn't know you can emboss aluminum cans like this. Thanks for sharing.