By Noreen Doll.
Create an aluminum can dimensional star to use with your decorations.
Aluminum cans are bright and shiny, and come in so many colors that you can find one for any occasion.
The red, white and blue cans are perfect for patriotic occasions, red and green are nice for Christmas, and the silver inside of the cans can be used to make silver stars.
Stylus or Scoring Tool with a Small Rounded Tip
How to Make an Aluminum Can Dimensional Star.
Remember when working with aluminum cans that the edges and points can be very sharp, so handle with care.
2. Use a black Sharpie to trace the star pattern onto the aluminum sheet.
3. Cut the star out of the aluminum.
Cut from the point into the V shape between the points, for each arm.
4. Use a pin to mark a hole in the center of the paper star.
5. Lay the paper star on the aluminum star lining up the points, (I don’t have them lined up so that you can see the layers)
and use the Sharpie on the paper pin hole to mark the center hole in the aluminum star.
6. Use the scoring tool and the ruler to score a straight line from the center to each point, and from the center point to each V between the arms.
7. Score again on the BACK side of the star on each line that goes from the center to a point of the star.
8. Fold on the score lines from the points to the center so that each line is a mountain fold on the front of the star.
Holding a ruler along the score lines as you fold, helps make a neat and even fold.
9. The score lines between the points should be valley folds.
10. Saturate half a paper towel sheet with alcohol and use it to gently remove the black ink from the center and around the edges of the star.
Sometimes you will get small tears in the aluminum like this.
A larger tear can be trimmed with scissors. A smaller tear can be filed with a small file or sanded with a manicure emery board.
A scoring tool could be a ballpoint pen that no longer works, but be SURE it has no ink before using it on your project.
Use a magazine or piece of craft foam sheet to score the aluminum on as it allows a deeper score, and makes the folds easier to create.
One way you can use your can scraps is to sharpen a punch.