So, I decided the other day to continue my experimentation into customizing altoid tins, previously I had covered them with polymer clay and cured the, though these are nice I don’t always want the tin to have too much added bulk. After seeing some engraving that made me wonder how I could do this with the tools that I have handy. So here is how I have gone about this one so far..
Firstly I sanded down the original tin until there was as much paint/ finish was gone from the base and top, to make this alot easier I simply adjusted the -hinge- part of the base of the tin with a pair of needle nose pliers until the tip would come out, After doing this I drew out the plan to cut the circle out, though after realising I didn’t have a cutting tool that would keep the centre how I wanted I attempted to cut it out with a craft knife.
The craft knife took quite a while to cut the tin, and I hadnt realised until today after hunting rather unsucessfully for a fret saw, that I had cut it enough that when I used the awl to put a hole in to use the coping saw with its finest blade that it would come free using the pliers to tug at it. I had thought about using a circle saw but wanted to keep the hole intact. The engraving was done before the removal of the circle.
I drilled 3 holes in big enough for some generic craft paper fasteners to fit through. After that I cut a circle out from some scrap cardboard saved from a tea bag box, the same thickness as a cereal box. I glued some polar fleece to it then when the paint was dry cut the fleece to the shape of the card. After which I picked a piece of fabric I felt suited the main part of the box and gathered that around it securing with a few stitches.. then added a button because I felt the fabric looked too plain.
I then picked up some 3mm straw board which I generally use for book binding projects. and cut it slightly smaller than the lid… after trying to close the tin I decided to cut the board in the tin down to the correct size, after attaching the board to the tin with the paper fasteners I cut the card down until it closed easily and noted in my book the details as well as some other ideas..
There is alot more experimentation I plan to do with these tools and tins.. as always if there is something you see and would like please let me know and we can work out a trade/sale, etc.. and if you do something similar please let me know and if you blog it link me to it so I can check it out 🙂