Step 1: THE DO-IT-YOURSELF GUIDE TO URBAN WILDLIFE HABITAT REGENERATION
Step 2: Foraging
Step 3: Method of collection
Research suggests a normal collection rate of approximately one can every five minutes in areas of high commercial and recreational activity.
Step 4: Tools
b. Scalpel (with spare blades)
c. Embroidery Scissors
d. Flat-nosed pliers
e. Measuring tape
Good quality second-hand tools can often be found at markets and large independent hardware shops.
Curve-nosed tin cutters and a pair of dividers may also be of use.
Step 5: Torso (template)
Order of construction: torso (major seams), chest and shoulders, head, lower body, wings, tail, feet.
Key: cut out: _
Step 6: Can
Step 7: Joining Major Seams
b. bend tabs round and down. Insert all tabs; some of them can be bent back underneath to help hold the rest in place while you work.
c. edge seam tightly together.
d. fold back all tabs underneath and clamp tight.
- use metal handle of tin cutters to press seam flat against hard worksurface.
Step 8: Crimp
- longer, narrower crimps can be acheived by extending the creases with your fingernail.
- less accessable crimps can be flattened by reaching into the hollow body with the handle of the tin cutters and pressing out against a hard worksurface.
Step 10: Wings and Tail
b. & c. tail sections should bend to fit the curvature of the lower back and abdomen.
Step 11: Feet
-tabs can be folded back with the help of a scalpel blade inserted into the slit.