Sunday, July 6, 2014
Useful Drawing- Tutorial on Flattening an Aluminum Can for Future Use
Key to success is a pair of industrial strength scissors, in this case my trusty Cutco kitchen scissors that not only can cut through a penny as advertised, but can also easily slice through aluminum. Step 1: rinse out the can; then poke a hole in it by stabbing it with one blade of the scissors as close to the top as possible. Step 2 is to simply snip below the top to remove it. Step 3 : slice the can from the top to the bottom, and then cut around the bottom. Step 4 is to render the lethally sharp rectangle of aluminum harmless. Place a metal ruler about 1/4 inch below each edge and press the edge to be folded up against the ruler and then over, forming a hem. Do this on all four sides. Then you can either hammer the fold flat or burnish it flat with a bone folder or metal burnishing tool or even the bowl of a spoon.