Archive for October, 2011

October 14, 2011

Artist interview: Dominique Corbin

We are very excited to share the work and words of incredible French artist Dominique Corbin. Dominique has been working with tinplate for 40 years and many of his recent works are automata, constructed of tinplate, wood, and other materials. At the end of this post is a link to his website, which includes a […]


October 10, 2011

Pop-can Echinacea

Thanks to Joey Chan for writing in to share the great pop-can Echinacea he made. Although aluminum cans can’t be soldered, many of the shaping and forming techniques he used can work for tinplate. Joey used pop cans from the recycling bin at his work. He chose them by the colors he wanted, used scissors […]

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October 7, 2011

Clamps and drill presses

Many thanks to reader Michael Mott who wrote in with concerns about fingers and drill presses. He writes, “The drillpress is the most underestimated power tool in the workshop, even a small drill bit has a lot of strength and torque.” Drill bits can easily catch the metal work and whip it around before you […]

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October 3, 2011

The most wonderful time of the year!

I don’t know about you, but when I think of tinplate and Halloween, I think of costumes. However, this year we do not have a costume project to offer you, but don’t let that stop you from making your own! What we do have is a variety of projects that, with the right setting or […]