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From recycle bin to beautiful baubles
Repurposing an aluminum beverage can will give new life to a found object and a fashion statement to your ears.

Posted by Tammie E. [TTE Designs] Published See Tammie E. [TTE Designs]'s 7 projects »
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  • How to make a pair of recycled earrings. Aluminum Can to Fashionable Earrings Tutorial - Step 1
    Step 1

    Empty, rinse and dry an aluminum beverage can. Using tin snips [with extreme caution] carefully deconstruct the can and flatten out the main sheet. Using a ruler and Sharpie and snips, or a large paper hole punch, cut out two matching shapes. If using a square or rectangle it is a good idea to nip off the tiniest bit of each corner to avoid sharp points.

  • How to make a pair of recycled earrings. Aluminum Can to Fashionable Earrings Tutorial - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using an embossing folder and machine, sandwich your metal in the folder and run through the machine to impress a pattern.

  • How to make a pair of recycled earrings. Aluminum Can to Fashionable Earrings Tutorial - Step 3
    Step 3

    Using sand paper or a file, sand sharp edges till smooth. Wipe away any dust. Apply metal paint or patina products as desired. Once dry, gently sand back surface to reveal the raised design.

  • How to make a pair of recycled earrings. Aluminum Can to Fashionable Earrings Tutorial - Step 4
    Step 4

    Hole punch the metal and add jump rings and earring findings.

  • How to make a pair of recycled earrings. Aluminum Can to Fashionable Earrings Tutorial - Step 5
    Step 5

    Wow your friends with your amazing transformation of trash to treasure!

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