Monday, February 18, 2013

Coke can jewelry

Hello, it's Danita from 
This month's project is jewelry I made from a coke can. Recycled, if you will.
Really easy project.  Coke Zero is my abosolute favorite drink!!! So I figured I might as well do something with all the cans I have left over. Just punch a hole in the coke can with your scissors, then cut around until you get a flat panel.  Be careful,edges are sharp at this point.

 Next, choose your die. I chose this one because the ornaments look more like earrings and a necklace. Don't worry about your dies getting dull, from my research cutting thin metal actually sharpens your dies.
For this project I am using my brand spaking new Craftwell Ebosser!!!!  You have to get this machine!!!  It's awesome!!!  No more cranking!!!
I love how the Ebosser takes the guess work out of what plates to use with what dies.
The bundle for HSN comes with everything you need to get started.  This bundle cam with a magnetic sheet for die placement. It keeps your dies from moving around while you are cutting/embossing. Fabulous right?  Here I used repositonal tape to hold the coke can down, dies underneath.
I love how the ebosser just pulls everything through, again...NO CRANKING!!!  Which I love because of my carpal tunnel.  And it stops on it's own!! From what I read it has like a 1000 pounds more pressure than the Cuttlebug.
When you finish, just punch out the pieces. Your edges are no longer sharp and they are embossed as well.

I punched holes in the top with a small embossing stylus and a metal piercing mat, but you can use any type of mat for this.
Here's the pieces with the holes punched in the top. You can double the pieces and glue them together if you want your jewelry more weighty.  They are really light weight.

Add earrings hooks,jump rings and, of course....BLING!!!
I hope you enjoyed reading this turorial.  I really had fun making this jewelry. It's quick and easy.  Give it a try.