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Tin Can Crafts

Tin-Can Crafting
Howard
1960

Submitter: We just weeded this book from our library at a community college. This one is funny really only because of its age. Do they make tin cans anymore? The first chapter is called “Appeal of Tin-Can Crafting” including the statement:

“Aside from the necessary tools you will seldom have to purchase any materials. (True, you may buy-and eat-some weird and exotic concoctions because of the shape of their containers appeals to you and you want them to create tin-can ‘masterpieces’.”

Includes a chart of can sizes needed for a given project, for example: “25-lb lard can, or can that egg yolks are packed in for bakeries; 3 No. 2 cans (chili, dog food or other), No. 10 can-vegetables, flavoring for ice cream and other products for restaurant use come in this size can.”

Holly: My grandfather had a “tin man” made from aluminum cans, which I always thought was kind of neat. (Similar to this.) This isn’t the worst idea for a crafting book subject, but there plenty of  more current books to choose from that have nice color photos and a  nice, current-looking cover. This also reminds me of the fact that at one of my bridal showers <shudder! I hate bridal showers!> some old aunt thought it would be really clever to give me a box full of canned food, but with the labels all torn off. The Hubs and I opened mystery cans of food for months. Had I been more clever, I could have made a “masterpiece” out of them. My loss.

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6 Responses to Tin Can Crafts

  • As a former worker in a tin can factory, I applaud this 20th century effort at repurposing castoff manufactured foods.

  • I’ve seen these done well but I think they’re for experts only, otherwise all most people end up with are injuries from sharp edges.

  • I’ve seen some pretty nice lanterns made from old cans that had been perforated in pretty designs. But I agree with Joyce Frohn above–you need some training when dealing with sharp metal like this.

  • All I can think of is my trip to the Emergency Room for stitches and a tetanus shot. (See what I did there?)

  • I would imagine an updated book on the subject would be better, but it would be interesting to study the subject of turning items on hand into art – hobo art, trench art, and I’m forgetting what those boxes sailors crafted out of seashells are called?