I have been experimenting with aluminum cans (cider, on a hot day there is nothing better) and looking at tin can art. I also wanted to use the cans to make something to frighten pigeons in the veg garden. I used carrier bags tied to sticks that rattled in a high wind but these bleached out in a few weeks and quickly disintegrated, besides looking a bit tatty. I cut some tin cans open and tied them as curling sheets to string and on to bamboo poles. These rattled nicely in a light breeze and flashed in the sun but quickly cut the string and flew off.
So I am experimenting with a tin can spinning flower cut from half a cider can. Inspired by some of the pictures on Pinterest search. Here is my first try.
On the web I saw a few ideas for making these flowers into wall art - painting the petals with acrylics, or pressing a pattern in relief into the metal. I tried the latter with an old screwdriver on a spare bit and that worked quite well.
Really good people make jewelry and intricate models using these cans - I can see that would take some skill. To get to that stage I will need a lot of practice, far more than our annual summer consumption of cider (24 at most). I may have to turn into a Womble and start collecting cans along the road. There are plenty abandoned between here and the village.
I had a look on You tube and saw some other ideas and techniques. Some people are so clever!
An alternative use of squashed cans I saw this week. Have you ever heard of the chap doing FREE ART FRIDAYs in Southsea. Google it - a very talents artist using found squashed cans!