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Recycle Your Old Fizzy Drink Cans
I've had this idea for a while and decided to try it out. I really like the results and its so simple! The thing that takes the longest is cutting up the can in the beginning because you have to be careful for splinters and make sure not to cut yourself with it.

Scissors : make sure they are not scissors you use for food, ect. As you can see, the scissors I was using were really old and rusty (but they're sharp).

SAFETY
- work in a place that is easy to clean up, because this leaves lots of little bits of metal, and you don't want to leave any behind when you've finished cleaning up. I used a sink because it's got barriers there is less chance of spread of metal.
- be careful, its sharp. I know its really obvious and I got really tired of every person who walked past me telling me that, but I have to say it
- frequently check for metal splinters because if you leave them and keep working, they'll get worse and because its metal, they are really small and sharp. If you feel something sharp at any time, just quickly check your hand to make sure you haven't got a cut or splinter.

Posted by Jackkie from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia • Published See Jackkie's 47 projects »
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  • How to make a soda can model. Aluminium Butterflies - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather your supplies...

    Rince out your cans if there is some drink remaining in them.

  • How to make a soda can model. Aluminium Butterflies - Step 2
    Step 2

    Open up your scissors.
    Lay a can flat and support it as you saw near the top of the can.
    (doing this above the long flat area means you won't get dents)

  • How to make a soda can model. Aluminium Butterflies - Step 3
    Step 3

    Once you've done this for a few seconds, you should be able to easily poke your scissors through. Procede to cut all the way around the rim, until it comes off.

  • How to make a soda can model. Aluminium Butterflies - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut a line down the length of the can. Cut a bit into the base.

  • How to make a soda can model. Aluminium Butterflies - Step 5
    Step 5

    Turn your scissors and cut perpendicular to the previous line. This is to cut the base off.

  • How to make a soda can model. Aluminium Butterflies - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut off the remaining rim of the top of the can.

  • How to make a soda can model. Aluminium Butterflies - Step 7
    Step 7

    You should be left with a rectangular piece of aluminium.

  • How to make a soda can model. Aluminium Butterflies - Step 8
    Step 8

    Fold it in half.
    (If you want bigger wings, fold it in half the other way.)

  • How to make a soda can model. Aluminium Butterflies - Step 9
    Step 9

    Cut a slit into it. This is the antenna.

  • Step 10

    Cut the first wing. You can make this any shape you want.

  • How to make a soda can model. Aluminium Butterflies - Step 11
    Step 11

    Cut the second wing. This needs to be smaller than the first.

  • How to make a soda can model. Aluminium Butterflies - Step 12
    Step 12

    Pinch the 'spine' of the butterfly and spread out the wings to your desired openness.

  • How to make a soda can model. Aluminium Butterflies - Step 13
    Step 13

    Cut a slit to divide the antennas.

  • How to make a soda can model. Aluminium Butterflies - Step 14
    Step 14

    Now you have a butterfly!

    To make patterns or a hole for hanging, use a metal skewer.

    I was thinking of making mine a wall decoration, like in Serena's room in Gossip Girl.

    They can be used as decorations along tables. It looks nice to make similarly shaped butterflies in different sizes and line them up smallest to largest with each opening their wings a bit more.

    You can keep the remaining aluminium to make a template or a pretty decoration for cards, etc.
    Or you can cut around the open space left after the butterfly to create a similar effect

  • How to make a soda can model. Aluminium Butterflies - Step 15
    Step 15

    You can make any size or shape of butterfly so be creative!

    You can paint them, decorate them or just leave them. I like using coloured cans, especially solo or lift because of their brightness.

    Also, to decrease the sharpness of the edges, try sanding them down a bit.

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harley r.
harley r. · 28 projects
adorable Happy
Jackkie
Jackkie · Sydney, New South Wales, AU · 51 projects
Thankyouu <3
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