May 23, 2005

Sarah: Tool of the Week

As a new apartment renter, I'm discovering fabulous tools, appliances, and other objects as I maintain, decorate, and fix up my apartment. This week we celebrate:


fabulous for cutting flowers shapes out of soda cans, which you then attach to "stems" (pieces of wire hangers, also cut by the tin snips) and put in a $1.00 vase. An awesome free crafty project (after the initial tin snip purchase), easy to do for any period of time. Just make sure your friends don't mind the sound of tearing aluminum.

The details:
After I sacrificed myself for "my art" (sic, Mallory) and drank a few cans of Diet Coke, I cut around the top and bottom, then snipped down the can length-wise so that I had a small rectangle of metal. I lightly imprinted the basic shape of my flower with the tip of a pencil. This helped me to end up with an okay shape, and also make sure I included the parts of the can that I wanted. I'd rather have the wavy colored line in the petals of my flower, rather than the nutritional information. You know what I mean. I made all of my flowers with at least two layers of metal. That way, I felt like they were a little more interesting, and looked a bit more finished. Doing so, however, makes it hard to get more than 1.5 flowers per can. Thus, my project is ongoing. A girl can only consume so much soda in one night. To attach the flowers to the stem, I punched a hole through the center of the flower with a hammer and nail, and then threaded the stem through, bending it around the hole with pliers. It's hard to explain, but perhaps I can add pictures eventually. I also made a few leaves, but I have not been able to successfully attach them to the stem. I've tried pinching them around the stem and punching a hole in them, but either way they slide to the bottom. Ideas are welcome.

Posted by sarah at May 23, 2005 11:20 AM

Your link does not go to tin snips.

Posted by: lisa on May 23, 2005 03:28 PM

Also, how do you attach the petals to the stems?

Posted by: lisa on May 23, 2005 03:29 PM

Link fixed, details added. Thanks.

Posted by: Sarah on May 23, 2005 04:21 PM

And by "fixed" I mean "not fixed because the Home Depot site is lame, and about to be replaced by a different hardware store."

Posted by: Sarah on May 23, 2005 04:22 PM

Officially fixed. Home Depot, I may buy tin snips from you, but I will not link you. Also, you're so close to my parents' house, and they don't like that. So move closer to MY house.

Posted by: Sarah on May 23, 2005 04:27 PM

Pieces of aluminum sound sharp and skin-cutting. :O How do you avoid blood? Gloves? Gardening gloves since the Tin Snips look like pygmy gardening shears?

Posted by: Gemini6Ice on May 27, 2005 07:55 PM

I didn't wear any protective gear, and I only superficially stabbed myself a few times. But if I were to be responsible for any injuries you would incur, I would recommend gloves to avoid stabbing and protective goggles for when shards of aluminum can fly in the air. No, seriously.

Posted by: Sarah on May 29, 2005 03:44 PM

Can I vote for Carson Daly as Tool of the Week?

Posted by: lisa on June 1, 2005 12:20 AM
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