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Things You Can Do With Recycled Tin Foil

Posted by on Mar. 27, 2013 at 9:39 PM
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Don't throw away your old aluminum foil. Tin foil has a lot of uses besides cooking or wrapping food! If the foil has been used for foods, be sure to wash it with detergent before re-using. Used aluminum foil will retain a slightly crinkled look, even when smoothed out, which adds nice texture for art projects. If you want a really smooth look, you should use a warm iron to press the wrinkles out (or just use new foil).

 

*Please feel free to add your own ideas :)

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copperswifey
by Silver Member on Mar. 27, 2013 at 9:40 PM
A very interesting little practised craft, is creating effects with scrap foil. It is a cheap medium to work with, supplies being obtained freely from the wrappers of sweets, chocolates, biscuits, cigarettes, and other articles. If one prefers to use new foil, it may be obtained quite cheaply, and there is no waste at all.

Pictures of your own design, calendars, trays, advertising signs and fire screens are but a few of the articles that can be made in a wide range of patterns and colors. Materials required are few, and consist of a piece of glass, the size of the article being made, cardboard, Indian ink, photographic paste, and passe partout binding.

As an example, let us begin with a colorful picture of a basket of fs, selected from a glossy magazine. Most pictures are suitable for this type of work, but those with small details should be avoided.

Transfer the main outlines of the design on a piece of tracing paper, then place the blank side of the paper against the piece of glass; back it with cardboard, and secure the whole with elastic bands or paper clips to prevent movement. The design should now be seen reversed, as in a mirror.

Thoroughly clean the front of the glass to remove any fingerprints of greasy patches. With Indian ink, black out all of the background, leaving the parts that will show the foil clear. When thoroughly dry, apply a second coat of ink. After allowing that coat to dry, the paper and card may be removed. Cut the foil roughly to the shapes required, and using photographic paste, place the pieces in their respective positions on the inked side of the glass, and smooth the foil gently. If the foil slightly overlaps the ink, it does not matter; it will not show.

Build the picture up from the center to the outside, and finish one color before starting on the next. Cover the finished work with paper, and smooth gently but thoroughly all over to ensure that every part is firmly fixed. When dry, coat with clear varnish, and leave to set.

Place the backing cardboard into position again, not forgetting to fix any hangers if they are required, and then bind the edges with passe partout.

Even the smallest piece of foil left over will have a future use, and every bit however small, should be saved. In the case of buildings, remember that light windows should be shown in silver or gold foil, an skies should of course be blue, grass green, etc.

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copperswifey
by Silver Member on Mar. 27, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Use it as gift wrap

copperswifey
by Silver Member on Mar. 27, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Use as a heat reflector - Tape heavy-duty foil to insulation board and place it behind radiators and baseboard heat vents.

copperswifey
by Silver Member on Mar. 27, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Make a solar oven

copperswifey
by Silver Member on Mar. 27, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Make Christmas tree garland

Cut tin foil into strips about 4-5" long and 2-3" wide. Fold lengthwise, or just crinkle and twist. Make a loop and twist ends together. Link the next strip through and twist ends together. Continue linking until the garland is long enough to drape nicely on your tree. For added sparkle, attach lightweight decorations or colored paper to links.

copperswifey
by Silver Member on Mar. 27, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Make a fishing lure - Wrap foil around a hook or safety pin. Fringe the foil so that it covers the hook and wiggles as the line is reeled in.

copperswifey
by Silver Member on Mar. 27, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Lighting Reflector - Glue foil to a mat board or heavy cardboard to make a reflector for photography. Make 3 identical panels and hinge or tape them together so that the reflector stands up and is easy to carry.

copperswifey
by Silver Member on Mar. 27, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Specialty baking pans - Form any shape you want by using a double thickness of heavy-duty foil into the desired contour. You can make a pumpking shape, Christmas tree, teddy bear or heart shape - cakes for just about any special occasion. Place the mold in a regular cake pan for baking

copperswifey
by Silver Member on Mar. 27, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Make a cake decorating tube - shape heavy-duty aluminum foil into a cone or tube with a small opening at one end and a larger opening at the other. Pour frosting into larger end and squeeze out the smaller end.

copperswifey
by Silver Member on Mar. 27, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Make a picnic serving dish - cover a piece of cardboard

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