- empty aluminum cans - you'll need two cans for most brooches or one tall can
- sharp exacto knife or box cutter
- Big Shot Die Cut Machine (113439, p. 204, $99.95, IB&C)
- dies of your choice
- I used:
- Flower Daisies #2 Bigz Die, (114520, p. 207, $19.95, 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog)
- Birds & Blooms Sizzlets 4-Pack (114508, p. 211, $21.95, 2010-2011 IB&C), flower pieces
- Island Floral Bigz Die (118871, p. 206, $21.95)
- (recommended for a smaller pin): Blossom Party Originals Die (115971, p. 213, $17.95, IB&C)--but I don't have it
- Crystal Effects (101055, p. 197, $6.25, IB&C)
- Rhinestone Brads (p. 187, Fire or Ice, Circle or Square, $10.95/80 brads, IB&C)
- Mat Pack (105826, p. 198, $9.95, IB&C)
- Paper Piercing Tool (116631, p. 198, $3.50, IB&C)
- Pin Back
TIP: We chose the cut out the bottom first, then the vertical seam, then the upper rim because the top of the can is stronger and you will be able to retain some 'can strength' while cutting.
1- Use a box cutter or e-xacto knife to puncture the bottom of the can. Make your first cut horizontal to the bottom of the can. Once you have room, use a pair of scissors to carefully cut around the bottom of the can.
2- Determine where you want to cut the vertical seam. In all honesty, it really doesn't matter because everything is going to be die cut almost beyond recognition.
3- When you reach the top, use your scissors again the cut along the upper rim of the can. Cut about 1/2 way around and then go to the other side of the rim and cut toward the other side of the rim.
Your can will be curled when it's cut free.
You can either roll it through your big shot without a die but with the Multi-Purpose Platform and 2 Standard Cutting Pads (the clear ones). OR, you can have a husband who retired from United Air Lines and was always scrounging up surplussed parts (those tossed into the garbage) because they "looked interesting" and "might be useful someday". These rollers are worn out rollers from cargo bins!
4- You might have to trim 1/2" or so from the long side of your opened can so it will fit the die. Do so carefully.
5- Place the print side against the die (so you see the shiny inside) to cut your images. I used the Flower Daisies #2 die and wanted to cut all 3 images at once. So I ran the can and die through the Big Shot once, turned the aluminum around and ran it through again using the other end of the can.
TIP: Run your die through the Big Shot and then, without removing it from the machine, run the through again in reverse. It will help to ensure that your die has cut through all the aluminum. Otherwise there could be tips uncut that you kind of have to work free from the can.
6- Using this Flowers Daisies #2 die, you'll need to have a cut piece that is larger than the daisy holes for securing your layers together. I like using the Birds & Blooms Sizzlets 4-Pack, Flower Pieces or the Tropical Island Bigz Die (smaller flower). Place the shiny aluminum side down, print side up, onto the die. That ensures that the flower piece has its edges curled in properly, away from the outside surface of the pin.
7- Get ready to assemble. You'll need your Crystal Effects now. Apply CE to the center rim of the bottom flower, place the next flower atop the flower and CE. You will need to continue to apply pressure because the CE is very liquid-y at this point and the flowers are slightly arched. Continue to apply CE and flowers until you add the tippy top little circle.
8- Place a Cellophane Bag, stretch wrap or clear envelope on the top and bottom of your layers and then top that with several Stampin' Up! punches. Leave them for at least several hours (more like 4-5), longer if you can. The CE on the metal takes a much longer to dry than when it is used on paper.
9- Take your Crystal Effects secured pin and place it over the mats from the Mat Pack. Pierce through the center with the Piercing Tool. Make your poked hole just a little bit wider than just a single circle.
10- Push (carefully) a (Rhinestone) Brad of your choice through this hole through all layers. Open it up and now all of your layers are truly secure.
11- Squirt a 'pile' of Crystal Effect over the splayed out brad legs and position the Pin Back atop the CE. When you're happy with its position, again, place something sturdy and heavy over the pin back and set your pin aside for at least an hour, longer if possible.
12- Once it is dry, you can carefully (notice I use this word a lot with this project!) bend the petals to the position you like. Use a small pencil, the end of a stylus, your fingernails---whatever works for you.
And now your pin is ready to wear so you can WOW your friends and co-workers.
~Blythe Klipple, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator since 1996.