I'm totally into Arts and Craft...anything interest me. I've been looking into metal art...but not being able to weld for lack of equipment was a major drawback...being surfing for a cheap welding kit...but all the prices were way... to high for me. Imagine my excitement when instructables put up this challenge...and the prizes!!! wow! My mouth is still drooling.....so please pretty please...VOTE FOR ME :-).
Below is my metal and wood art. I used the wood part cause  ...i actually did this before the  All metal boat...http://www.instructables.com/id/All-Metal-Wall-Art-Sailing-Boats/
So i didn't think of soldering. for those of you who don't want to go the wood way...check out my boat instructable and go the soldering way.
Anyway it was a chance for me to practice my lap joints :-)

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Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
square 1/2" wood dowels
Aluminium sheet
nail / hammer/ flat screw driver
rotary tool like dremel (optional...you could opt for the hard work and go the only nail and hammer way)
oil based wood stain
Hot glue gun or double stick tape

Step 2:

I cut 4 dowels in equal lengths of 30"
then i stacked them together and marked down from the top at 15" and 20"....let's name them A, B ,C,D.
A an B are kept  parallel together with the B being turned upside down. Perpendicular to A and B  place C and D in the same order.
Move the sticks apart so that the 15" and 20" mark intersect each other  and form a square...check the picture.
Mark the the width of the dowels in order to cut half lap joints.
cut the half lap joints and connect them...don't glue. now randomly place sticks here and there...
check if  symmetric....or if it's aesthetically  pleasing for you or aesthetically appalling to you :-D  haha
once you are happy ....mark all joints for half lap joints.
cut and glue the joints...my joints were not perfect...so i also used staplers at the back to hold it firm till the glue dried. later i filled up the gaps with filler.
Now  paint it black.
Done....if you like it just this way...with nothing fancy....if you want something more....read on partner.


Step 4: Assembling

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You may hot glue the shapes or use double stick tape....either way is fine.
now...after doing this...i felt something was missing....hmmm.....mirrors??
ya....i thought that was needed....i used double stick tape and glued the mirrors too...
hmmm much better!

Another thought....if you have the skills and time...why not add led lights behind each tin punched design? that would really light things up!

By the way... i have added this to 3 contests.
metal contest
woodworking contest and
make it real.

so please....if you like it...don't forget to rate and vote.
Now please let me see what you do to your empty walls!
metalart724 months ago
I need to post some of my metal art adventures. It took a lot of money and hard work to aquire my tools and equipment so I do sympathies.
HollyMann2 years ago
This is incredible - I absolutely LOVE it...love love love it!
shazni (author)  HollyMann2 years ago
:-D.. Thanks! An old family friend of mine loved it too and asked me to make one for her recently ..so going to do it again for her :-)
sunshiine3 years ago
This is beautiful! Your work is amazing! Thnaks for sharing!
shazni (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Thanks :-)...i really like how the light shines through the tin punching...trying to incorporate it into another lamp i'm doing for my cousin....will try and post an instructable soon
I can't wait to see it! I will be making one of these when we get settled into a new place. Right now my place is a night mare! I hate the mess but love the look afterwards!
breumer3 years ago
Thath's so awesome! Nice idea with the LEDs!
shazni (author)  breumer3 years ago
thanks...if you do it and fix leds...please pretty please take pics and do an instructable with it...i don't know how many leds to fix with a battery and an on off switch.
mali baig13 years ago
wowww.... you've my vote for that.. !! :)
although the tin punching thing is gonna require some hard work i suppose :)
shazni (author)  mali baig13 years ago
Thanks a lot! :-) well...if you have a small drill...which is like about 25-30 dollars...it's a snap...(if you live in asia like i do ask an aunt or someone abroad to bring it for you and pay them. make sure its 220V ..that means avoid US and Canada). Or try stacking all the same designs up like in step 3 ..tape them up and hit your frustration/ anger out :-D. ..with a nail and hammer ...good luck!
ChrysN3 years ago
shazni (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
Thanks!...please don't forget to rate...and if you like it to vote :-) i've entered in the above 3 contests.