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Review of Covering Tins
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9/10/2013 Post to CITY-o-Clay.

Do I have to use Altoid Tins? Nope. Here are some other tin examples.

Altoid tins are just one type of tin one can use. I use anything that comes in a tin no matter what the shape.
That tin that's upside down, is a top hinge tin, that did hold mints but not altoids.
Someone gave me a couple of these tins, I forget who (my bad). I don't know what they held.
This tin was one side of the AOL tins that came in the mail with the CD. Those were the days, boy oh boy.
This was a recycled cookie tin.

9/10/2013 Post to CITY-o-Clay.


I have a bunch of web sections featuring covering tins.

Early experiments with covering tins. Some of the techniques become more refined with the tins made after 2003.

From 2003 - Present

Later tins, like the ones that came in the mail with AOL discs, were used as blank canvases or bases for figurines. Adding 3D elements like molds of faces were included in the tin covering exploration. Manipulating sheets of clay by folding and pressing pearlescent clays or by making 3D flower and leaf shapes from cane slices were also explored.

A page discussing covering tins
This page is an older overview of covering tins with polymer clay. I linked this page to that page so folks can wander about and still stay on topic.

Patterned Sheets are sheets of clay with slices of cane pressed to them. They come in right handy when covering tins.

Tip of the Day: Press slices of cane onto clay sheets before cutting the sheet to cover the tin. You will get a flatter effect. If you want a "built up" feel I recommend doing that with 3D leaves and flower petals. Otherwise, the tins just come out looking lumpy and are heavy to be lugging about.

I do not use "glue" for covering tins. Most of the time I make sure the tin is free from dirt and grease and the side of the clay sheet is free from any baby powder. Where does the baby powder come from? I put baby powder between the "outside" side of the clay sheet and the work table.

I lay the sheet down on the work table that's dusted with baby powder. I "roll" the tin over the "inside" side of the clay sheet in order to "mark" the clay sheet with the edges of the tin. That's your pattern to cut. When you roll the tin over the sheet make sure that all 6 sides of the tin have been pressed lightly into the sheet to mark the edges. Cut along those edges and you can cover a tin with one sheet of clay.

Picture 19 of these screen shots show the marks made on the clay sheet:

Here is the Demo Log of that Live WebCam Demo

These pictures start off showing me pressing the tin to the sheet to mark off the edges.

Here are the Demo Logs of that Live WebCam Demo

1. Doing the rainbow blend and making leaves and pressing a sheet.

2. Taking that sheet and covering a Tin. (T2)

You do not need to measure a tin with a measuring tape and then mark off the edges. That's just too much bother when you can roll the tin over the clay sheet and then cut along the edges.

As you see in these pictures from the Live WebCam Demos when the cutting is done there is one piece for the top and another piece for the bottom.

The other fiddly bother you have to do after that is to clear two wee rectangles where the hinges are going to be.

LeafTin-016 CroppedLook at this picture for how I press the tin to the sheet to mark the sheet for cutting:




LeafTin-017 CroppedHere I hold up the sheet to show the marks after rolling the tin over the sheet:

This is the first Tin Review for this site. I'm thinking that a couple of YouTube videos might be in order.


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