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Brandon Evans

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Waste Materials

Drinks Cans


The Rustic lampshade was constructed using a total of 7 drinks cans that were cut into the shape of flower petals, the newly cut out shapes were then sanded down and given salt bath treatment to encourage rust to form on the outer surface.

Materials & Equipment List

7 X 440ml drinks cans 1 X scissors 1 X craft knife 1 X pencil/pen1 X protractor 1 X cutting board 1 X palm sander or sand paper 1 X bowl (big enough to hold the 21 petals)1 X container of salt 1 X cardboard or MDF 1 X Screw on light fitting with power cable and plug 1 X light bulb

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

First of all start off by collecting 7 440ml drinks cans.
Next  cut the top and the base off the can using extreme caution not to cut yourself, do this using either a craft knife as shown in the picture or tin snips.
Once the top and the base have been removed you should be left with a sheet that looks like this.
Next create a template that you will use to draw around and cut out from. I used a flower petal design, with the measurements I used given in the photograph.
After the template has been created place it onto the tin sheet and trace around it, each sheet should produce 3 petals if this is your chosen shape.
Once all three shapes have been drawn onto the sheet of tin, cut them out using scissors or tin snips again using extreme caution as the tin will be sharp. ?
Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you have 21 petals cut out.
After all 21 petals are cut out, using a craft knife cut two 1cm slit on both ends of the petal.
Cut the first slip 1cm from the top edge of the smallest side and the other 4cm's from the bottom edge of the larger side, ensuring both are aligned with the centre of the petal. ?
Next using a palm sander or just sanding by hand remove all of the text and decoration on the outer layer of the drinks can.
Once this is done the 21 petals should look like this.
The next step is to add salt to a bowl that is of a suitable size to hold all of the petals, the amount of salt doesn
Once the salt is in the bowl add lukewarm water to help the salt disintegrate into the water.
Next add all the petals into the water and leave for 12-24 hours.
After the given time remove the petals and allow to air dry, it is this process that helps the rust to form on the outer surface of the drinks cans. Once dried the petals should look something like this.
The next step in the process is to create the two supports that will hold the lampshade together. This can be done by either using a laser cutter as I have done or it could be done by hand using a pencil,a protractor and cardboard. All the sizes needed are given in the photograph, however the design does not have to remain the same, the smallest 3.4cm cut out is essential though as this is where the light fitting is screwed in. It is also important to leave the bigger outer ring open as it is in the picture to allow for the light bulb to be placed in or replaced. For the lager lampshade you will need 12 slots for the petals to push onto, these slots should be the same size as the cuts already made in the petals, the smaller lampshade will need 9 slots. all of the slots must be equally placed apart to ensure the entire area of the lampshade is covered.
Once the supports have been cut out simple push the petals onto the slots, use extreme caution when doing this to ensure you do not cut yourself.
After all of the petals have been pushed on the main frame of the lampshade and they are fully supported you can start screwing the two lampshades onto the light fitting. Start with the larger of the two first and once you are happy with its placement you can begin screwing on the second. The placement of the two lampshades whiles on the light fitting is a matter of preference.
Once both lampshades are screwed onto the light fitting securely is should look something like this.
After everything is complete the finished lampshade should look like this
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05-03-2014 13:17:00
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Brandon Evans


United Kingdom

I am currently in my second year at Nottingham Trent University studying product design with a keen interest in reusability and up-cycling....

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