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May's "We're All Ears May Inspiration" is very flexible. The theme is tea and we can be inspired by china patterns, the shape of teapots, the flavors of tea, the colors of tea stains, the messages of wisdom on the tags, a romantic table setting, petit fours, silver spoons and lace. We can simply pick out what inspires us. What fun! I saw this as an opportunity to try a totally new technique to me.
I decided that I would use a can of Arizona Green Tea as my inspiration. I like the colors and pattern of the graphics on the can. I have seen jewelry made from tin cans and always wanted to try my hand at it. I have also been making jewelry parts from metal and I have tools from making handmade cards. I was happy to find another excuse to use these tools from both sets of hobbies. I have to justify my craft purchased to myself as often as I can!
To create earrings from the can, I wash, dried and cut it apart. I saw this as an opportunity to use my heavy duty metal cutters. This wasn't necessary. They didn't even work well. Ordinary sizzors work just fine.
|Metal Disk Cutter Punch|
I then used my hole punch to place holes where I wanted my jump rings to go through. I filed any edges where they were sharp or irregular.
|3 styles of tea can earrings|
|Pink floral earrings|
|Floral layered earrings|
These earrings are made by layering a small circle on top of a larger one. The gunmetal kidney ear wires give a totally different look.
|Turquoise Dangle Earrings|
Now, that I have these earrings under my belt, I want to make some from Coke cans next. I am wondering if I should put a sealant on top of the thin metal. Any suggestions about that?