Want a fun, great way to repurpose empty drink cans? Make them into jewelry!
I have all these fun stamping, punching, and dapping tools that I use to create word-art jewelry for my Green Dot Gifts line (which is no longer operating). We actually drink very little soda, or pop as they say up north, and so when I did get an empty can, I thought about seeing what I could do with my fancy tools to transform it into something I would actually wear.
After punching with my fancy Pepe Disc Cutter tool, I realized that the metal was so thin that it could also be punched with scrapbooking punches! They come in many shapes and that greatly opens up the options for creativity!
Here is what I used.
Straight and curved french style sheet metal cutters – these are just heavy duty scissors
Scrapbooking punches or disc cutter
Small hole punch for scrapbooking or metal punch
gloves to protect hands
earwires & jump rings
I punched a hole near the top of the can on the flat part (just below the curve) and inserted the curved metal shears with the curve facing toward the edge of the can. I found that using curved shears allowed me to actually cut a more straight path through the metal. Then do the same thing for the bottom of the can.
Now take the straight cutters and cut down the seam – it’s where the can coloring overlaps and is darker. Now you have a curved rectangular piece of metal. Be careful of sharp edges, it is very easy to get cut.
Next look at the designs on the can and decide what parts you want to use. Turn the punch upside down and view the design through the space so you can see exactly what will be punched out. Then punch! Make lots or a few. Doesn’t matter as long as you have fun.
These little shapes need no filing, sanding, tumbling or polishing. Punch holes for the ear wires. If using a dangling piece, punch a hole at the bottom (opposite the ear wire hole) and add jump ring and other shape.
Now you have new, very lightweight earrings and saved the landfill from one more can!