Tin can curling

Old 02-25-05, 09:04 AM
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Tin can curling

I'm trying to find instructions for tin can curling. It's where you cut aluminum cans into strips, curl them and make things out of them. I've been searching the net and haven't had any luck. This craft was popular about 30+ years ago.

Old 05-03-05, 11:12 AM
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we did does in my younger years.
we took old tomato cans the big one and cut them down about half way
then place a baseball bat inside and used a hammer to make to bottom round and higher than the can bottom
then we fill it with cement and place a piece of metal rod inside and bend it like a handle (goose neck)
work fine
would be better if the can where coffee the big one
good luck

Old 05-03-05, 11:51 AM
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Welcome to the DIY Forums.
In your favorite search engine, type:

How To Make Crafts From Aluminum Cans or Tin Cans.

This will give you instructions for many many crafts using tin cans, many of which include curling.

If you wish to make the airplane, Type in: how to make a beer can airplane.
Old 11-26-05, 10:43 PM
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Kathie, I learned how to do this craft from my mom. I found a couple of books at garage sales that I don't use. One is titled "Magic With Tin Cans" Published by Craft Course Publishers, Inc. 1965, Temple City, CA. It's got some step by step patterns. The other book is "Tin Can Doll Furniture" published by Hazel Pearson Handicrafts, 1973, Rosemead, CA.

I've taken some pictures of some of my work. If you're interested I can email them for you to use as patterns.
Old 11-27-05, 05:41 AM
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I found this right away and it looks really cool. http://www.tesscar-aluminum-craft.com/ Though I think the plans are kinda pricey, but I'm cheap.

This one has some free ideas. http://www.aluminouspublishing.com/ then they've also got some books to order.

There were several more links. I just went to Google and typed in "aluminum can art"
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tin can curling

Hi, Kathe.

I ran across something years ago: a tool for curling. I don't recall any instructions about cutting the cans (the search for which led me to this site), but the tool itself had a wooden handle (about 4" long, like some of the old-fashioned crochet hooks we used to see) and a metal shaft (again, about 4" long). The shaft was relatively thin, but had an "eye" at the end wide enough for - not thread - but a strip of metal. As I understand it, the idea was to thread the thing and simple turn it to create the curl.

I can't imagine trying to curl tin without such a device, although it might be possible to jury-rig something.

Good luck!

Rose Anne

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