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Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33948
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 19 11:55 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Big hammer. Kitchen work surface.

Nothing can go wrong.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44226
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 19 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good advice as always Nick

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
Posts: 6323
Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 19 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks Nick. I've got some spare worktop kicking around so I'll go with that.

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
Posts: 3469
Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 19 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Goggles, thick gloves.

Ear defenders for Mrs C when hammer goes awry.

Henry

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 34882
Location: yes
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 19 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

rubber hammer

if you need to make the cut out petals curved a small ball pein hammer and a "anvil" of some description are the tools.
have a look at sheet working techniques, steel or ali can is a bit trickier than silver or copper but the basic hit it against that, it changes shape to match principles apply

a dapping block and punches can be handy for tiny bits but petals should be ok with basic tools.
for cans dapping can be done with improvised hardwood tools

if you do not intend to use the printing on the can as part of the design i would blowtorch a steel can to anneal it as much as poss for cold working.
you can pickle and treat or paint it later

a decent pair of tin snips and a box of plasters are very handy when working with cans.

thinking of plasters a diamond block or whetstone is ideal for rubbing edges smooth. fix the abrasive and work the piece in the hands

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 1830
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 19 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I just stamp on my empty tins with my boots on, seems to work, and not as hard work as using a hammer, and they come out flat-my 14 stone sees to that at this time of the year!

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 10396

PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 19 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have a similar problem as I wanted to use tins to cut the binding for 'gipsy' clothes pegs. The solution is to see if your local chippy uses liquid oil which comes in tins. The tin isn't rippled and so is already 'flat' as far as that is concerned. Just bigger and oilier.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 7853
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 19 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you know anyone with a tractor they should have empty Diesel engine oil tins. Normally 20l and smooth sides.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
Posts: 6323
Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 19 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thank you for all the replies.

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
Posts: 3469
Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 19 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Perhaps you could put them on a hard surface and drive over them? Seems to work with the tins that litter louts leave on the roads round here!

Henry

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 1830
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 19 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

All our oils come in 20litre plastic drums now, Shan. I am making a stand to collect the left overs as in the 20 or 30 engine oil drums the fitters use weekly, there is a lot left over-and I can't cope with waste.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 7853
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 19 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have a few empty metal ones lying about here.

PS Sgt. Colon - if you have no luck let me know.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
Posts: 6323
Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 19 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks Shan I will do.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44226
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 19 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think Theresa May should take up a career in flattening tins, probably take half the MPs with her.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 7853
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 19 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If only....

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