HALLOWEEN MONSTER CAN LIGHT

About: I make custom and unique furniture. Anything from hidden bookcases that open to your hidden room, hidden storage furniture, and unique items for the home. I make items that when someone enters a room. Thes...

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Step 1: MATERIALS AND TOOLS

Materials

Monster Energy Can

Teacup multicolored changing light (bought mine at Dollar Tree for $1)

Tools

Dremel with pointed diamond bit

Step drill bit

High-speed dental hand piece with diamond burr

Step 2: GET IMAGE TO PRINT FOR TRANSFER

First thing to do is to find a spooky face you would like to put onto you can. Once you have found it then print it off on regular paper. Cut the image out .

Step 3: TAPING TRANSFER PAPER AND IMAGE ONTO CAN

Cut out a piece of transfer paper a little bigger than the image you printed off on regular paper. Tape that to the can and then tape your image over that.

Step 4: TRACE IMAGE ONTO CAN

Using a pencil I trace the onto the can. When I remove the transfer paper the image will be on the can. Be carefull as to not rub the image because it will come off. So I will take a Shapie and color in my transfer so to make it darker and so it wont rub off while cutting it out.

Step 5: STARTER HOLES

I take a dremel with a diamond bit to make starter holes in the image. You could also use a drill with a small bit to do these as well.

Step 6: CUTTING OUT IMAGE USING HIGH SPEED HAND PIECE

First of all let me explain the difference between the Dremel and a High speed Dental hand-piece. The Dremel I use is a Dremel 4000. This Dremel rotates at 4000 r/min. If your not familiar with the term "r/min". That is it rotates 4000 per minute. At that speed it cuts great but the tool vibrates some and is harder to make real precise cuts. The High speed Dental hand-piece is just like the ones your dentists use when working on your teeth. This tool rotates at 350000 r/min and with no vibration at all. So cutting out something that needs to be precise its ideal. Plus the diamond bits or burs as they are called are alot smaller.

You can spend hundreds of dollars on the name brand Dental hand-pieces like the ones your dentist uses. I have found that the ones like I posted a link to on Ebay. They are just as good for the job I am using it for. If it happens to break after say six months of use then Im only out $15 compared to $500- $1000 for the ones the dentist uses. I personally have had the ones that I have listed, That has lasted through say 60 hours of use. Now you do have to hook the Dental Hand-piece to small air compressor via small tubing. The tubing is the kind used to hook up oxygen tanks to for people to breath through. If you google on how to set up a dental hand-piece set up. It will tell you the exact size tubing needed and what kind of compressor work best. I bought a small portable low noise compressor with air regulator for about $120.

Now I carefully cut out the rest of the design using the dental hand piece. Once I have cut out the image I will go with the hand piece at an angle and smooth out an sharp jagged pieces that were created when cutting out the design.

Step 7: DRILLING OUT THE BOTTOM FOR THE LIGHT

Now using the step drill bit I drill a hole in the bottom of the can. I use this also to widen the hole to the correct size.

Once cut out, the Teacup light should fit securely in the can.

Step 8: ALL FINISHED

Now all there is to do is to turn on the light and put on display inside your widow. Watch as people walk up to your door to see the the spooky face change colors. Happy Halloween!

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    satosi

    18 days ago

    Love the idea of using a dental drill....now all I can think of is how many ways I could use this tool for my own sculptures. The vibration of my Dremel & my Rockwell oscillating tool drives me crazy when working on things that require a steady hand.

    I think I'll be trying this using some used aluminum cans from various foods. Thanks for sharing!

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    jessyratfink

    20 days ago

    Neat! Great use of old cans :)