How to Make Cool Designs in Aluminum.

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This Instructable will tell you how to make a simple or complex design on a a piece of aluminum. With a hammer and a nail. The reason I made this was because this part of my wall was very plain and boring and it needed some air holes for the microwave so I made these. Really brings out the wall now.

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Step 1: Getting All of the Supplies.

You will need a hammer, a nail (the size of the nail will determine the size of the hole), a board, a design you drew or got of the internet, some duct tape and a piece of aluminum (or copper).

Step 2: Time to Get Started.

First you will want to duct tape the paper to the aluminum to the board. Then you will start to hammer on the lines, either with a hard hit or soft hit this will also determine the size of the hole.

Step 3: Start to Fill It In.

You can either fill in the space or you can just make an outline your choice, here i filled it in.

Step 4: Finished!

Just keep going and you will end up with something like what I have. The other pictures are examples in copper. They are pretty complex. On the last picture it shows an example of it spray painted. If you spray paint it make sure you blow into the holes while the paint is still wet. Otherwise some of your holes would be blocked by the paint.

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I did something similar: put a piece of aluminum foil between two sheets of paper and feed through a dot matrix printer. Which will then hammer the glossy aluminum to a matter finish. This makes the foil brighter, thus creates a negative print.

In first grade we made these as little Christmas presents (our teacher was very craft-oriented). We chose little connect-the-dots patterns that wrapped around a soup can, then we filled the cans with water and froze them. The ice kept the can rigid so that we could poke holes with a hammer and nail, and then we decorated them and put tealights in the bottom for little luminaries. I still have it somewhere around here.

Look up 'pie safe' for more designs and ideas. 'Tin' or tin plated steel works, too.

I've made these by using brass. Only difference being that I did not pierce the material. Just happen to like dents better than holes.

Neat. I remember doing something very similar (although not as complex) when I was younger. We used the ends off of those cylindrical juice concentrate containers and hung them on our Christmas tree.