I finally got to play with making an aluminum pin Thursday evening. It took a little r & d to get it both cut out and put together but once that was done I jumped right in and made a few more.
This was my inspiration, sported on the apron of a gal named Wendi, at Stampin' Up!'s convention:
I don't have the die that she used to make her pin, so I had to go another route. Here's the path I took:
I used the Flower Daisies #2 (114520, $19.95, p. 207 of SU!'s current Idea Book & Catalog).
While making these pins isn't dangerous, I would highly recommend that you work on them alone. Do not have children in the area because it would be too easy for them to want to grab something sharp!
The first thing you have to do is flatten out an aluminum soda can. You'll be amazed how 'soft' and flimsy the can gets once it's cut apart and is no longer a can! Use a cutting blade to carefully puncture a hole in the top side of the can. Remove the lid. With strong scissors, or that cutting blade, cut down the side of the can to the bottom. Carefully remove the bottom of the can.
Then lay the flattened can, image side down, on your die and run it through the Big Shot Die Cut Machine just as you would a piece of card stock. Between the die and the Big Shot, the sharp edges of your image are just slightly rounded and tucked under and your petals are not sharp.
I use two cans for each flower, layering the 2 like-sized die cut images on each other, clocking the second one slightly so you can see the petals. I secured my flower petals with very old E6000 glue. I had to force it out on the tube by squeezing hard and then applying bits of it to the metal with a toothpick.
After layering all pieces, I used two random pieces I'd punched out, silver side up, to place on the top and the bottom of the petals. The bottom piece was punched from the Island Floral die (p. 206, 118871, $21.95) because it already has a nice hole punched out right in the middle. I used the smallest flower piece. The top piece was cut from the Birds & Blooms (p. 211, 113485, Sizzlets 4-pack dies, $21.95) die, the one with two flowers and two leaves. I used the smallest flower. I also used my Mat Pack and Paper-Piercing Tool to punch a hole in the center of this little flower. These were attached to the top and bottom of the petals with E6000 again. The layers were all secured with a 'coordinating' Rhinestone Brad (page 187) placed through the little center holes.
Finally, using a generous amount of Crystal Effects, I secured a pin back right in the middle over the 'legs' of the brad. After setting the pin back on the Crystal Effects 'blob', I set the entire pin aside to dry for at least half an hour, preferable over night.
Huge tip: When you feel resistance from your Big Shot Machine, stop. Reverse. Check it out. I didn't. So this is what I did:
Believe it or not, it still works just fine! This little die was 'hiding' under the Island Floral Bigz Die. Nice deep cuts!!!!! Not what you want to see on your little Birds & Blossoms die however. :)
If you're ready to play with your Big Shot Die Cut Machine and some aluminum cans and need any of the supplies mentioned above, let me know. I'd be glad to help you place an order.