I'm still really excited about these flowers. It's super fun to cut a flat circle of tin and transform it into something so lifelike. It's also heartening to know I might now have some use for all those dang red Christmas tins!
I'm also jazzed I've been able to incorporate several of my recent obsessions into this one piece. I start with a circle, (of course!) but then I nip into it with a tool I've had for years but never had occasion to use. Once the circle is notched all around, I file off the rough edges and then fold and unfold the metal along the petal lines. Sandpaper removes a bit of the bright paint and reveals the silver of the metal. The final step is to form the shape slightly and tap the center point back out. This creates very organic undulations which vary with each flower. You can see it at warp speed here.
Not in love with bright red? This pendant can be made from almost any color you can dream up. My tin collection is THAT vast! Just leave a message of the color you would like and I'll get started making it.
The pendant is about 1.75" (46mm) in diameter and strung on a simple 18" (56cm) long, 1mm silver finish chain with a standard spring ring clasp.
Each piece of metal comes to me having lived a previous life--in some cases multiple lives! It is not unusual for the material to sometimes have scuffs, scratches, faded portions, and general wear and tear. If a flawless finish is important to you, please zoom in to the pictures here to look for imperfections that might be distracting for you.
All adaptive reuse pieces come to you neatly displayed on an upcycled card and sustainably wrapped ready for gift-giving.
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