Tea tins, What should I make?

I have about 50 of these empty tea tins at home and I want to do some sort of cool craft with them. Any suggestions? The tins are all about 4x4x4. I really appreciate the help.

Topic by fredbeatsethel 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Tin Cloth

I am concerned Instructables could be hurt by the Prudometer being ratched too high on comments.  That's bad for the company. Here's a post just sent to Tin Cloth that was automatically rejected for either being irrelevant or abusive: "I recall 60 years ago when my parents bought me an oil cloth slicker in Istanbul, Turkey.  It was kinda smelly, but it worked until I outgrew it.  That was just plain cloth, not canvas. I use that mix of bee's wax, turpentine and linseed oil as a preservative for old tools.  I got a paint can of it in the garage.  Much more durable than WD-40." How "plain Jane" can you get?  I came back to visit because of the newsletter.

Topic by Tim Temple 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Altoids Tin Can Charger

Hi, ive made an Altoids tin can charger awhile back and it chargers all my devices but my iphone 5s? Its charges my iphone 5, 4, 4s, and every ipod. What circuitry do i need to allow my charger to charge my iphone 5s? Right now i have a 5v regulator and 2x 200ohm resistors off the positive lead into the positive, data -, and data + connections. Should i add capacitors on the inputs and outputs of the 5v regulator?  The only reason i build my own chargers is because i take long trains rides and flights and i use my rc car 5000mah battery that can last me a week, i put all the circuitry in an Altoids can to hold it together.  

Topic by MRCmegarallycar 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Tin Can Turbine Engine

Hello!               Let me give you some insight into this project (Tin Can Turbine). I'm going to school to get an Airframe and Power Plant Cert. (Aircraft Mechanic). I stumbled across this idea on YouTube one day in class and it really got my gears turning. It's purely for fun, and I'm not even sure if I have the technical skills to get it to work.             First of all the way a turbine engine works in layman's terms is Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow. The fan section sucks air in from the atmosphere, Where it is moved to a compressor section which squeezes the air into a tighter pocket of air; which makes the air hotter and more explosive. When the compressed air is pushed into the combustion chamber, it is more volatile than normal air due to the compression. When you add a fuel (jet fuel, gasoline, propane, kerosene etc...) it will ignite with the compressed air (given that there is a spark to get the fuel vapors to ignite). When the fuel/air mixture is lit the fire will continue to burn without an ignition source due to the explosive nature of the compressed air. And the gas (burnt fuel/air) is pushed out the exhaust. There are blades in the rear of the engine called turbine blades, which are connected to the front of the fan/compressor section, in some cases there are two or three turbine blades, which drive the fan, compressor sections independently. Due to the turbine blades being pushed by the exiting gasses, the engine becomes self sustaining. And through black magic, you have a jet engine!!!              I'm going to attempt to construct a jet engine (not a motor!) out of a "tin can". I'm really not going to use a tin can, I'm actually going to use .032" thick 3" wide, and about 6" long exhaust piping made out galvanized steel. It's a lot thicker than a typical soup can, thus willing to stand up to more heat. My proposed fuel source will be propane, because it's cheap, and the I'm sure that I'm capable of controling the amount of fuel going into the engine. I'm not sure yet how many fan blades vs. turbine blades that I'm going to use. Right now I'm in the experiment phase. My blades are going to be made out steel can tops, because there is very little cutting involved, beside the actual cutting and angling the blades. and they fit perfectly into the pipe. As for the fuel delivery i'm going to use a copper pipe that is approx .042 thick and hallow. I'm going to cap the end, and wrap it around the inside of can. There will be eight holes drilled into the copper, which should give it plenty of fuel at equal pressure all the way around the can, equals same heat all around.         As for the drive shaft, I'm not exactly sure of what to use for that. I may want to go with something hardened already, so the heat surrounding it won't melt it. (that's the hope anyways) . I'm also not sure of what sort of bearings I will use. I was thinking skate board bearing with the plastic crap around the middle taken out (so it doesn't melt and seize the bearings) and extreme high temp. white lithium grease for lube.          This is an experiment and I guarantee myself absolutely no success. But I think it will be fun to try. Questions or comments are more than welcome. Please, if you see any problems with the design, let me KNOW!!!

Topic by shawnpc 6 years ago  |  last reply 8 months ago

best tool for cutting stencil designs on tin cans?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How can I get tin?

How can I get tin? is there a way to extract tin from solder? I don't want any of the other stuff they put in solder... Any help would be greatly appreciated

Question by thomas9666 7 years ago

I need help making a toy for my dog

My Dog only likes to play fetch with Tin cans, but they sometimes cut his lips. Firstly, I was wondering if anyone had a Idea of how to cover the can with a rubber or plastic that could withstand the heavy play and bites of a large dog . Secondly, I want it to look cool so how would you make it two toned. I'm looking for this to last a while, thats why I want it to look cool. Its bad enough when I have to take Tin cans to the park. Also I'm not that experienced in plastics/Rubber. My skills are more inclined to carpentry. So please be specific. Thanks I hope someone can Help.

Topic by milonus1 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

What can I do with this? Answered

 I found an odd looking metal container. According to the label it's supposed to contain mints, but it's not altoids. What can I do with it? The picture is a bit fuzzy, but it should do.

Question by nutsandbolts_64 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

House made of Tin Cans and Bottles

When Manuel Rapoport found himself waist-deep in dry milk cans, he decided to make the best of it and weatherproof his house in Patagonia. Relying on what his infant twins had consumed, and donations from local restaurants and bars, he turned the cans into sheets to insulate his house. Glass bottles were cut in two and glued together, used as thermic-isolating bricks for small skylights and windows.Plus it looks awesome! Kudos Manuel.via: treehugger

Topic by scoochmaroo 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Can someone make an instructable for a tin can lid shooter?

Question by forgoten 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

TOYS with LED's

Hi, I recently bought one sword with LEDS and I want to know how they control the LEDS (it have different patterns of lighting). They use a PIC or IC ? I open the sword and have a very small PCB board with the IC cover with a black solid coating my questions are: The toys use and IC or PIC? What is the difference between IC or PIC's? They control also the voltage of the LED (different color of LED have different voltage)? The PIC/IC is programmed in which language? Where can I found more resources about this topic ? thank you for any help Chris SWORD http://www.rinovelty.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/products.thumbs/cat/114/page/2/filter/pricerange%7Cany%7Cany/Light_Ups_Light_Up_Swords

Topic by christoys 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

I'd like to make neat and clean holes in a tin can but I do not have a drill bit for drilling metal. Answered

I'd like to make some holes in a tin can but can't think of how I could go about doing it. I'd like to be neat and as perfect as possible though. Buying drill bits or anything else for that matter isn't optional for me. I do not have any hole punches either.

Question by Jakoul 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

recycling.. food cans?

So what can we do with food tins... he standard steel can that you peaches and backed beans comes in = surley it doesnt need to go off ot the landfill with your rubbish or to the recycling plant..,.. any ideas

Question by agatornz 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

What can I use these tins for?

I have these two tins- One, a Jones Soda Carbonated Candy Tin with a removable cap that says " I'm out like granny panties in low-rise jeans." The other tin is a Caribou Coffee Sugar-Free Peppermint Mints with a slide-off top that I currently use for guitar picks. Please help me think of an idea to use these for.

Topic by Salsa766 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Altoids tin helicopter?

I need to find a way to make an altoids tin helicopter. What can I use as a rotor?

Question by freeza36 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

how can I add my instructable?

I have a dog toy that I've made that I would like to add to the Indestrucable collection of great ideas. How do I do this.

Question by terrycrissman 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Can someone help me with an idea?

I want to make one of the discs from Tron (the discs that they throw). I thought about buying one of the toy versions but they don't really look like what is in the movie. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can make it? Thanks DP

Question by Dr. Pepper 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Mini Camera Toy

Hi everyone! I need help! I want to make this mini camera toy.. When you look inside the hole you can see images like animals and when you click it, the image changes.. HOw can i Make this ?

Topic by iAMjerk 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Where do you buy tin-snips? Answered

 It can't be K-mart. We don't have K-mart. We don't have dollar store. We don't have Radio Shack. Actually we have a different version of the Dollar Store, but I couldn't find any tin-snips there either. I can't order online because I would have to pay $500 just for the shipping.

Question by nutsandbolts_64 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Does any one know where I can buy Altoids tins from in Australia?

Question by rarebeasts 10 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Are cans made of steel?? Answered

By cans, I mean canned food cans, not soda cans. From what I know, they are not aluminum because  a magnet stuck to one. And I don't think they are tin either. So what metal are they?

Question by Orange robot 2 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Can I make this handheld toy projector brighter? Answered

I bought this handheld viewmaster projector at a garage sale yesterday. The problem is the bulb isn't bright enough, it takes two D batteries. Anything I could change to make it brighter?

Question by buffysissy1 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Where can I find a wind up mechanism?

I need a winding mechanism for a project. This would be small toy sized. It would be optimal if it were multidirectional winding. Either way winds like a watch. Not a lot of torque so that small hands can wind it, but not as small as a watch winding mechanism or as complex. I would like to add gears to change the speed of the output or torque as needed. Or if anyone knows where a sawing type input such as a worm gear winding. Both of these would be super helpful. I can tear apart winding toys of course. In an information gathering stage right now. 

Question by caltman2 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Can anyone identify this item? ?

Some German toy of some sorts with a swastika on the little bag there and its like he is running to the bathroom or something... any info on this would be great.

Question by kmurphy22 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Animating a stuffed toy.

I'm brand new to this site and hope some one can help me. I am making a fabric covered starfish that will be stuffed with a polyester fiberfill. I am wanting to animate it in that I wish the arms to move in some manner. I'm not fussy about what direction or even how much; I just want it to have the appearance of being alive. I also want to have two small lights for eyes; if they could blink, that would be cool, but if not that's fine also. I don't know a thing about what I need and live in a small town, so my resources here are little if none. Hobby store websites have been no help. I just need someone to give me some ideas of what I need and how to run wires or whatever into the arms to make them move. Of course, I'm looking for this to be battery operated. Something I can turn on and walk away from. I can adjust the size of the starfish to accomodate the equipment I need, but don't want it to be too big. I guess I want it to be as compact as possible. I saw the wonderful hand that someone built and it said that it could be done using servos(which I have no clue what they are), but that sure got my interest as the fingers moved much like I would like the arms of the starfish to move. So can someone give me some suggestions or head my in the right direction? Thanks so much!

Topic by biirrd 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

can i increase my internet signal by using a tin can?

I have a inter network established on the outside of my house. But it won't work on the inside of my house. All I can see is the view internet signals available and that network is on there but on the inside of the house it shows limited concetivity. I heard that you can increase a inter net signal using a tin can? Yes I do have a booster but it still only gives me limited connectivity.

Question by rickeyd412 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Can I tin a soldering iron with leadless solder?

Question by WerdnaN 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Can I use Tin can metal to make my HHO generator? Answered

I heard it might corrode but I wonder how fast it would do?

Question by AndreP1 10 months ago  |  last reply 10 months ago

What can I use to strip powder coating without sandblasting? Answered

I have some tins that I want to strip but they have powder coating. I've tried heavy duty strippers and a sander and a 9" wire wheel sander none of which work that well. Any suggestions? The 9" wire wheel did remove some of the paint but it also burnt or melted the metal faster then it removed the paint. Those cookie tins are thin.

Question by threadbare 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

DIY RC toys? Answered

Just a bit of background, as a bit of fun and a learning (LOTS of learning) exercise, I'd like to make myself an RC tank, ie: http://woodgears.ca/tracked_vehicle/index.html I've aimed pretty high with this one though, as I've no experience with Remote Control applications, though I'm fairly comfortable with electronics. I was hoping for an overview of what I will require (transmitter, receiver, servos, etc) and good places to look for these components, so I can move on to actually planning. Thanks in advance.

Question by AdmiralNiik 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How can i build a toy farm?

I want to build a toy farm for all my tractors and machinery. i want to make sheds farm houses fields and lanes. with trees and grass

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Is this metallic rock i found at a tin mine tin ore? Answered

Hello, Last year i took a trip down to a tin mine, and while i was there, or rather when we were leaving, my little 6yo brother threw a tantrum because he wanted a shiny rock, which weighs about 3Kg, so my dad let him keep it. Like all things like 6yo children pickup that arent valuable or toys, he didnt want it anymore by the time he next left the car. Now i want to auction it off on ebay, but i dont actually know if its just a fine suspension if silicon plates or scales, or if its actually tin ore, which i would suspect since it was found in a tin mine. ive attached a picture for your observations It tooks a bit though like it could also be some kind of petrified log, which im open to selling it as as well. Ide love it if it were both.

Question by oldmanbeefjerky 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Where can galinstan be found? Can It be made cheaper than online bought?


Question by PKTraceur 10 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Musical Parrot Toy

Serious request... my Parrot (African Grey) loves music. I would like to buy/build 'Parrot-proof' musical 'instrument/s' device/s that he can play, perhaps triggered by either percussive impulses from his beak and/or his vocal range. This would help him remain stimulated when I am out. All genuine replies welcome... :) The closest thing available is this, but it isn't very versatile (only pre set sounds) + not very musical  http://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pets/bird-toys/jm-bird-babble-ball?pageSize=45&orderBy=1#

Topic by ParrotFX 2 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

What to do with metal tin?

So theres this broken (battery dead) executive calculator thing lying around my house. I'm not really interested in the calculator.(Anything worth salvaging?) But it was held in a nice thin silver metal box. Measurements are.. Length 9 cm Width 6 cm Depth 0.9 cm As you can see from images there is a hole where the battery would have been changed from on one side of the box. Can anyone think of anything fun I could do with this?

Topic by Turbo427 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How can I punch holes in a coke can?

I want to punch holes into a coke can - 1 hole each alphabet. I do not have any power tools and I want the holes in a manner so that the can is not crushed. Any suggestions?

Question by ab727 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

How can I create a PPM-generating device whose output can be recorded as audio?

Dear Community,          In the late 80s and early 90s, the whole Teddy Ruxpin craze took off, and there were many spin-offs on this.  The basic idea was that the toy had a cassette player where one channel was directed to an audio circuit in the usual way, and the other channel had animation synchronization code directed to some sort of receiving circuit which controlled motors to make the mouth and eyes move so it would appear to be telling a story or singing a song.  My favorite instance of this (which I had as a child), is the Ideal Big Bird Storymagic based on the famous Sesame Street character.  There were so-called "satellite toys", Cookie Monster and Oscar which connected to Big Bird via a special patch cord, and they talked along and helped Big Bird tell the story.  I never had those though.  Different fans tell me that the animation sync code is Pulse-position modulation, the same code used over radio waves to guide remote controlled cars and helicopters.  I'm not sure if this is true or not.  I've looked at it in a waveform editor, and there appears to be some amplitude modulation going on here too.  (Please see below).  The highlighted (white) section is the span of two words.  The right (lower) channel shows the voice speaking these two words, and the left (upper) channel shows what happens to the code (which really sounds like a fax machine) as he moves his jaw down, up, and down again in time with the words.  Is this PPM, and if not, what is it? Now that I'm in my mid 20s, and I work with young children, I found one of these Ideal Big Birds on Ebay in great working order.   I'm wondering if it's possible to try to re-create what the manufacturers used to create this sync code in the first place.  Sesame Street created many nice "regular" story / music tapes with Big Bird as the central character.  I thought it might be cool to take some of these (especially the Follow That Bird soundtrack) and add the sync to make my own sort of unofficial storymagic tape (just for fun, and for my students, not to sel or share, as this would be a copyright issue).      I'm wondering if some sort of 1KHz oscillator-like device could be built that has levers of some kind, which could be routed through a DAW or a mixer, which would allow one to perform along with a program, and place the appropriate modulation envelopes into the stream of PPM to place the movements?  I think there are at least two kinds of modulation in the code; that for the beak, and for the eyes.  There must be other kinds of modulation for Cookie Monster and for Oscar.  If something like this seems practical and feasible, I'd enjoy learning about it, just for the fun of it.  If it is possible, I am also wondering how or where I could have it built, and for what sort of budget, as I am far better with my ears than with the soldering iron.  I have tried and tried, to no avail, to find someone in the “talking toys” community who knows how this was originally created.  Let me know if you'd like me to send you a clip of the audio file.  Here's a link to someone else's on Youtube so that you can see what I'm talking about.  Thank you so much for taking the time to read all of this senseless ramble!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxCnmao8FAs Thanks a ton for any insights that you have!!!  I apologize in advance for the inherent nutty-ness of this post! ;)  Sincerely, Jessica

Question by jtsoundtech 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

were i can have a altoid tin in canada? Answered

Question by copper tube 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How can I make a physical randomized trigger?

There is a board game called "Pie Face" that uses a randomized trigger to release a hand that has whipped cream on it- which splats into your face.  So the trigger cant be so strong that it breaks your nose, but fast enough to hit ones face before their reflexes dodge it.  I would love to get my hands on one of these to figure out how the mechanism works, but the game is unreasonably expensive.  Anybody have any ideas?

Question by bracmanf 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

can someone help me with ?

I am working on a toy boat with a motor under water and I have a budget of  $10 

Question by zhengguang 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

fancy dress tin of sardines

I would like to dress up as a tin of sardines and cant find a fancy dress costume anywhere.....it has to be uber laght weight as its for a festival and i dont want to have to carry it about....also waterproof.....and cheap......CAN YOU HELP ME!!!!

Topic by katylord 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

glue tin foilonto cardboard

Hi everybody, can any one suggest what sort of glue would be best to use to stick tinfoil onto cardboard? I have some flour in the cupboard, and could make some paste with that. or buy some PVA. any opinions? cheers

Topic by dominic.tarr 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Soda can fisheye lens

Make your own cheap fisheye lens for your camera with a peephole lens. This type of hack has been covered before including here and here, but it's always cool to see another take on it The fisheye tin cam via Photojojo

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

snuff can project? any ideas?

Im a dipper of moist snuff and all ways have these little cardboard, plastic, and metal tins id like to do something creative with them any suggestions?

Question by O.H.B. 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Tin Foil Solar Panels?

I am looking to output electricity from a solar panel made of tin foil. I don't mind how small the voltage is for, with enough time, I can make a massive amount of them and create the needed voltage. Is it even possible? I want to try using just basic materials like tin foil, cardboard, wire, tape, etc. etc. All replies are appreciated!

Topic by freethetech 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Optimus Prime is made of tins

I love transformers very much after I watched the movie. So I decided to make a Optiums Prime. Last year I finished this works which had lasted two month. It made by less than 40 tins and some other things. The Optiums Prime is about 40cm high, and almost all of joints can act include neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, legs, and every fingers

Topic by dangerouswpp 8 years ago

How Do I convert my daughters bubble gun into a rechargeable toy?

I have a Bubble gun that take 3 AA batteries How can i convert it into a rechargeable one i have   lithium batteries  and i also have a portable charger i can use for the conversion . Its for my daughter and im trying to show her how "creative" iam  new to this forum so i dont know what other info is needed ..Help

Question by The Deep Lagoon LLC 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

altoids tin hygenic pack

My next Instructables is going to be how to fit all your necessities for good hygiene into an altoids tin.Yeah, I know, there are like a million altoids tin can projects, but this is different... kinda. Anyways I have a list of things that will be in the tin and I just want to know if anyone thinks I am missing something, or anything else someone wants to say .Thanks! Here is the list of things going in the tin: toothbrush toothpaste comb soap wash cloth deodorant lotion floss q-tips any more ideas or things i should put, please comment, thanks!

Topic by connorcancount! 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago