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March 6, 2011

Pop Can Key Chain

First of all, do you call it soda, or pop? 
I grew up in Oregon, and always called it pop.  Now I live in New England, and have been forced to say soda, because if I say pop, no one knows what the heck I am talking about.  My children got the best of both worlds I guess, and call it Soda Pop.  Ha. 
Anyways, I originally saw this post over at a blog called This is the Year...and immediately thought of all the dedicated soda pop drinkers in my life.  For some reason, those in my extended family are partial to Diet Coke - in a big way.  But I didn't necessarily want to make jewelry - so I decided to make keychains!



I have been hearing about this new product from Mod Podge called Dimensional Magic - and decided I would like to try it out for this project.  So far so good!


So, I drove over to the local grocery store to pick up some Diet Coke.  I ended up getting the mini cans, because they seemed to have more usable Diet Coke icons on them.  Believe it or not, they were actually more expensive!  But only by a little bit :)

Felt a little funny to come home and pour the soda pop down the drain just so I could use the container.  lol.  Pretty ironic.  Too bad I couldn't magic all the empty cans from my family members into my crafty hands.  Aw well. 




Once the can was clean, I took off the top with the help of my can opener.  I think it goes without saying - but I will say it anyway - BE CAREFUL when cutting up a pop can.  The edges can be sharp! 
Also, be careful not to bend or crease the can in the spots you want to use it.  It does show through, and for some people (yes me), that can be annoying. 
 Here is a picture of my disassembled can...
I made a variety of hearts and circles in a Word document on the computer, and and printed and cut them out.  After decided which sizes I liked best for which sections, I used the shapes to trace onto the can.  A ball point pen worked fine.  I left just enough of a line to cut by - and not so much that it ruined the can if I didn't cut exactly on the line. 

Next came the dimensional magic part....and the hole punching part.  And believe it or not, this took some trial and error.  Mostly error :)  at first.  I took a tiny nail, and punched a hole in the top of my shapes.  This hole would eventually be used to hold a jump ring that I could hang from a key chain. 
At first I tried to push the nail through with my fingers - but I bent the pop can - which looked horrible. 
So then, I set the shapes on a cardboard box, and used a hammer to puncture the top of each shape with the nail - and no crease.  Much better!

Then,  I applied the first coat of dimensional magic, and let it dry the allotted time.  (Best to have a needle or pin handy, in case there are air bubbles in the dimensional magic when you apply it.  You will want to pop those so they don't dry onto the surface that way). 
Looked good, but I wanted it to be thicker - more bubbly.  I applied 3 coats - and it looked SO GREAT!  But, my hole had filled in, so I needed to punch it again.  Good and Bad.  Some worked, but one cracked the dimensional magic and it all popped right off the pop can (see below).

So, ultimately, this is the way that worked for me:
I hammered in a hole, did just 1 coat of dimensional magic before hammering the hole again if needed, adding my jump ring, and then applied the additional 2 coats of dimensional magic. 
On one I added the jump ring before applying any coats of dimensional magic, and this worked as well. 
I also did one coat on the back side of the shape for aesthetics and continuity. 

UPDATE: One of you clever readers suggested that, while applying the Dimensional Magic and letting it dry, you should lay in on a cookie cooling rack, so that the jump rings can go through the slats and the pop can can still lay flat.  Brilliant - thank you!

 Then, I added the shapes to an old key chain that I had - and it looked so adorable!!

But when I picked it up..... it obviously swung around, and sometimes you could only see the blank tin can heart on the back.  Boo.  So, I decided to make another. 

This time I cut 2 sets of each shape, and glued them together using Amazing Goop, so that you could see a logo on BOTH SIDES of the shape!  I punched a hole while the glue was wet, and then set them under a bunch of books to keep them pressed together while they dried.

The rest of the process was the same, except that this time I did 3 coats of dimensional magic on both sides of each shape.
I also included the top tab in my keychain just for fun.  The keychain came from the hardware store for a couple of bucks.  The jump rings I purchased at the craft store. 

Now, I have an AWESOME key chain, which I was thinking would look adorable hanging from the handle of my mom's purse, along with a couple of other bling-y key chains she has hanging there.  Yes, she is one of those Diet Coke crazy drinkers :)



Fun, inexpensive project.  It doesn't take a whole lot of time...you just have to have patience while the dimensional magic dries.  Have fun!



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140 comments:

  1. That is soooo cool! I love it! What a neat idea! I keep wanting to try dimensional magic.. but cant find it in stores! :(
    Anyways I like that you made it a key chain and all the different parts of the can you included.

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  2. HOW FLIPPIN SODA POPPIN CUTE! I adore DIET COKE, SO I ADORE THIS. winks-jen.. SHARING IT ON MY CraftOManiac FB page.

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  3. Oh my! I love it! I'm gonna have to make some Dr. Pepper love!

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  4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! SO cute. I am a diet dr pepper fan. I just might have to go buy a can of it tomorrow. :) Thanks for sharing your way cute idea!

    I am now a new follower, can't wait to see what else you come up with.

    http://kristensjunkdrawer.blogspot.com/

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  5. I am like gasping & dying over here.
    I have MAD love for Diet Coke. I've written about it at least 3 times now in my blog.
    Seriously this is fantastic.
    I love this!
    Sweet Nectar of the Gods, Liquid Gold Diet Coke.
    Alright, I'll stop...but this rocks.

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  6. Just featured this on my facebook page, fyi! http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Birds-Papaya/201938473155129

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  7. Love, love, love!!!! Thank you for the tutorial! I love DC and have a friend who would LOVE this as a gift!!!!!!!! YAY!

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  8. OMG this is fantasic. Thanks for sharing. Next time I am at the craft store I will be sure to pick up this Mod Podge for a few experiments. :)

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  9. I am a Coke Zero fanatic! I have a zillion cans, so this is at the top of my craft list! So very cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Such a great idea! I want to try that new mod podge. Also a great idea for the coke you need to empty out...pour it in the toilet! I've heard the stuff can actually make it sparkling clean! No joke:)

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  11. I'm in South Australia and we just call it fizzy drink lol. I'd understand what soda meant if someone used that, but I'd probably be stumped by "pop" hehe. I love the keychain, what a cool project!

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  12. This is SO cool! I'm going to have to try it with Dr Pepper. First time I've heard of the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic...I need to get some! :)

    I grew up saying "POP" and I'm from Oregon too. I haven't lived there in a million years, but STILL say pop and make my kids say it too. I refuse to call it "Soda". On occassion I have to say it so the people I'm with know what I'm talking about, but it feels so dirty! lol

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  13. These are adorable. I grew up in SoCal and we call it soda. (But have also referred to any carbonated beverage as "a coke" when I was a lot younger...)

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    1. That must have been in the southern part of the U.S. when I was there, it was, "what kinda Coke do you want?
      In Michigan it's called pop.
      In Cali, it's called soda.
      Right in the middle, in Kansas, it's called either pop, or soda, which ever you're most comfortable. I am just soo so glad to see that there are others just as passionate about pop as I am!! AND I just love, love LOVE this project! :D

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  14. This is great! I absolutely love it. A perfect gift.
    http://itsybitsypaper.blogspot.com

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  15. Who would have thought that pop soda cans can be made into a key chain? Genius!

    By the way, we have a Swap Followings Linky Party going on right now where you get to meet excellent bloggers and increase your followers in the process. It's easy to join - just whip up a post and include the party button in the post then link up and start following other bloggers in the party so they can follow you, too. I'll be honored if you party with us at http://www.homemakeronadime.com/2011/03/swap-followings-linky-pary-030711.html. See you there :)

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  16. Love this SO CLEVER so cute plus it is diet coke, what's not to LOVE

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  17. What a great idea! i LOVE it!

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  18. Love this! I grew up in Alabama, and we call everything either by name or Coke down here. As in, if someone says they want a Coke, it could be a Coke, a Pepsi, a Mello Yellow...you get my drift:)

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  19. haha
    darling! I'm a Washington State 'pop' drinker, too!
    I want one!
    thanks for sharing, super cute!

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  20. So. cute! and I love all of your different shapes.

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  21. what a great craft! It turned out so cute.
    thanks for sharing!
    xo,
    Sena

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  22. So Cute! I would love if you would link this project up to my weekly linky party Upcycled Awesome! http://tinyurl.com/upcycled36

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  23. This is such a cute idea!! I love me some Diet coke!

    ~ Jen @ http://pinstripestopearls.blogspot.com/

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  24. This is a FANTASTIC project. Great idea! I would be delighted if you would link this to my VIP party today! http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/vip-party-6.html

    Cheers!
    Sommer

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  25. This is such a great idea love it! Featured this today! http://memakingdo.blogspot.com/2011/03/featuring-you-friday_11.html
    Have a great weekend!

    Heather @ Me Making Do

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  26. What a cute idea! This would be a fun craft to do with my teenage daughter. Thanks!

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  27. A very cool project! I have never seen something like this and love the way it turned out!

    Stopping by for the first time and really enjoyed my visit!

    Kindly, Lorraine

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  28. cute project and great tutorial! thanks for sharing!!

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  29. ohmygosh i'm SO excited about this post!! we are HUGE soda drinkers. here in az it's "soda" fyi! ;)

    love this post...am excited to find that dimensional magic and play wih it yay!!

    (: thanks also for linkin, seriously SO glad i saw this post!!

    kelli

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  30. I am totally in LOVE with this project! I've never heard of the new product out before but you can be sure I'll be on the lookout for it. Amazing!

    I've facebooked you as a highlight for SNS #72 this weekend. :)

    Donna
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Funky-Junk-Interiors/175378011140

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  31. This is super cute. I like to think I have overcome my soda addiction...but not really the case. Great project.
    Holly
    504 Main

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  32. Great tutorial and idea. Thanks for sharing this product. I can't wait to try it.

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  33. This is just adorable! I love Diet Coke and would totally love these. I need to try dimensional magic... soon!

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  34. I LOVE THIS!!! Would you believe that just last week I cut a Dr. Pepper can up and made a few 3D things with it...there are hearts and flowers laying out on my dining room table right now! I had to give it a try because I just knew something could be done with it, cans are so paper thin right now. I only did two things differently, I punched a hole in the side and used my scissors to take the top off...and...(not for the faint of heart) I used punches for the shapes...I know, I know...I'm just not thinking about what effect that has on the punch!

    I am SO HAPPY to have run across your blog because I have been trying to figure out what to do about the sharp edges... the dimensional stuff is brilliant! THANK YOU! And adding the pull tab was so smart! Love your project, thanks for sharing.

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  35. Thanks for linking this up! Hope to see you next week with another fabulous project to share!

    Cheers!

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  36. That is so cute! I am thinking of all the possibilities. Wow! Thanks for sharing your great project.

    Just to let you know, here in Alberta Canada, we say Pop.

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  37. Oh I love this, Not a diet coke fan but DEFFINATLY a Coke house. We always say soda or Coke (very one sided!). Thank you for sharing

    Kori
    momsofalltrades.blogspot.com

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  38. Incredible! Original! Wonderful! Gotta get myself some of that Dimensional Magic! So glad I saw your link-up at Flamingo Toes! Jenn/Rook No. 17

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  39. HAHA! YOu must be reading my mind! We JUST did the same project and it was SO fun! At our house we call it just Coke... It shows where we live... And how old we all are :)
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  40. What fun! I'd never heard of Dimensional Magic before (apparently, I live under a rock...?). I foresee this stuff in a future project or two. What an awesome little gift. And so personalizable! Love it.

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  41. I LOVE this! They turned out so cute. Thanks for linking up!

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  42. Totally adorable! That definatly took some time to put together! Great job!

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  43. I love these keychains!!! They looks so stinkin' cute! You did a great job on the tutorial too - so easy to follow along!
    I featured this on the FB page!
    Thanks so much for linking to Think Pink Sundays!! (and for posting the button too!!! ) :)

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  44. of course you know that this is flippin' ADORABLE!! So creative. I so have to get this dimensional magic...

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  45. LOL. Great project. I love where you decide that you want the dangles two sided. (I so get it!) Some of your acquaintances may think this tutorial shows you have too much time on your hands, but those people wouldn't understand the joy of making something cool with your own hands. I love the product 'Mod Podge called Dimensional Magic' - never heard of it before, but now I want to try to use it!

    If I had an award for cool projects, you would get it. :)

    http://jeanneselep.blogspot.com/2011/03/batik-quilt-top.html

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  46. This is SO cute! I'm also a huge Diet Coke fan and I say pop. Anything Diet Coke that you can make it just awesome to me so I love this!

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  47. What a darling idea! I found your blog through a fellow teacher. I'm excited to see your other ideas! Thanks for the give-away opportunity! Congrats on all of your followers.

    I love Sunkist diet sparkling lemonade...reminds me of summer and being at camp.

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  48. I can't tell you how much I love this!!!! I'm a new follower and featured it on my blog today.
    www.acreativeprincess.blogspot.com

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  49. Very very cute!!! I am going to have to use this dimensional mod podge on something.

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  50. Fun! Thanks for sharing.
    http://createdbykaty.blogspot.com

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  51. love this idea... and possibilities are endless!!

    ok... dumb question time...is the tin required to keep the dimensional mp flat? or does dimensional mp make any material sturdy and dimensional? I am thinking about anything that can be printed to cardstock is fair game!!!

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  52. Hi Cacao Cottage!
    Your email is not linked to you through blogger, so I can not respond to your question through email, but I will answer here in case you see it.
    I have not tried dimensional magic on cardstock, but I assume it would work great! It is a liquid glue, so there would some amount of soaking in, I assume - but I dont think that would ruin a project at all. Just like with regular mod podge, it might change the texture a bit, or might make the pattern run a little, depending on the paper.
    I think it is definitely worth a try!
    Thanks!
    Lindsay

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  53. So cute!! I've never heard of the Dimensional Mod Podge...what a neat product. Will have to give that a try.

    Like @cacao cottage above, I'm curious about whether you can use any paper/cardstock with it, or does it need to be a tin can (or similar)?

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  54. how fun! would make a fun gift too

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  55. Oh, I love this! So cute, and yes, a great gift. I need a Mello Yello one. I don't drink it, but the colors are good. :D

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  56. That is really great! So brilliant!
    I'll take a Dr Pepper one please!

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  57. I too love dimensional magic, this is a great idea thanks for sharing!!!

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  58. Finished my version! I couldn't find dimensional magic anywhere, so I used a bunch of Mod Podge!

    http://kristina-zufall.blogspot.com/2011/04/coke-zero.html

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  59. this is too cool, I love it. I'm thinking I can run it through with a Cuttlebug die.
    I am wondering, now that you've had it a while, has the DM remained or has it fallen off? AND, the sharp edges-does the DM get rid of them?

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  60. I grew up in Texas and all "soda pop" there is called coke! We'd say you want a coke? And then if the person said yes we'd say what kind. (Dr. Pepper, Coke, Sprite) Kind of goofy huh??? LOVE the project. Am going to have to get me some of that Mod Podge.

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  61. From Canada here and it's called POP. Love this project but was thinking you need a "Cropadile" tool to punch those holes for ya. If you don't have one, get one asap as you'll have "dile" love just like me. :)

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  62. I love this! I'm a HUGE DC drinker--so this had me at...."hello" hehe Thanks for sharing--I might attempt this some day! =D

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  63. This might have to be a stocking stuffer gift for some people in my life next Christmas. I have some serious pop drinkers around me. Great idea!

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  64. Cute idea, and you did it very well. I love Diet Dr. Pepper and diet Sprite:) This would be great using a BEER CAN, all the guys would love that. Did not know about dimensional Modge Podge, will have to check that out. Thanks for a cute idea.

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  65. Do you sell this item? If not would you be willing to? I love this! And I would love one for me and my best friend but I'm not nearly crafty enough to do this and survive with all 10 fingers. =] Please let me know either way. My email address is moseleyml@yahoo.com. Thanks in advance.

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  66. Finally a gift my mother in law will love she drinks a ton of diet coke! Where do you find dimensional magic? Was it hard putting on rings? Can't wait to make! Thanks oh and we call "soda" coke in the south. Everything is coke.

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  67. How did you get the can so flat? I tried it with a can and since it was curved all the dimensional magic ran off. I'm currently trying to press some flat with a book but was wondering if there's an easier way.

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  68. How did you get the top of the can off with a can opener? I love this idea and will be trying it! Thanks for sharing!

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  69. Are you selling this by chance? I have tried to make my own but have failed miserably...

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  70. This is AWESOME! My niece would love these!

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  71. This is one of the coolest projects using disposable items I have ever seen. I can't wait to try this, and the possibilities are endless! One thing, I would be chugging down that Diet Coke to give me energy to make all of this!! Thank you so much for sharing. -K

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  72. Cute idea, Im gonna try this, but I think im gonna add pictures to the back of them just to personalize them a bit. Very cute!

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  73. Very cute! When I've made similar projects with dimensional magic (or any other resin type project) and a hold for jump ring is needed, I punch the hole, place in the jump ring then add the resin on top. But to keep the resin from running (because the jump ring makes this not lay flat) I place the item on a bakers cookie cooling rack. All the spaces allow plenty of room for the jump rings.

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  74. Love this, gonna try it with a Dr. Pepper can. Thanks so much for sharing

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  75. Awesome idea! Thanks for walking us through how you made it! Unfortunately I was so excited to start this project, I didn't read it all the way through...So my key chain is one sided. I painted nail polish on the back so when the key chain does flip over its not the ordinary silver color. Your key chain looks so nice!

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  76. WOW! this is amazing! thanks for sharing :)

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  77. This is a very cool project! We call it "Soft Drink" or "Fizzy Drink" in Western Australia. If you said "pop" we could assume you were talking your grandfather. If you said "soda" we would assume you were talking about baking soda or bicarbonate soda or maybe soda-water (carbonated water).

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  78. this is super amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

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  79. First, I love this! I'm from the Midwest and its always been coke or soda. Second, I've never played with cutting up soda cans before, did you do anything special for the edges of your shapes so that they weren't sharp?

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  80. Okay, do you want to hear something HILARIOUS?? I pinned this craft on Pinterest a little while ago, and had no idea that you actually got the inspiration from reading a post on my blog! How funny is that? But I saw the keychain on pinterest, and wanted to remember it because of my jewelry - because I wanted to be able to make some of my own! I really love how it turned out!!

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  81. I just wanted to let you know how much I love this project! You have inspired two projects for me with this fab tutorial and I've linked to you on both posts so others can find you (still working out some kinks with bubbles and stuff but I'm sure I'll get there eventually). Thanks again for sharing :)

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  82. I love it!! In the process to the part to put the dimensional stuff on it, what do I lay the can on? will it stick on whatever I lay on asa newspaper

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  83. We southerns call all carbonated drinks "coke". I married a guy from Illinois and asked him "do you want a coke?" His response was "sure". I then asked "what kind?" That thoroughly confused him, lol!

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  84. I'm going to try this too, except I won't waste soda. I'll have my family save their cans after they drink soda, so no money is wasted. That would just be dumb.

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    1. I'm so glad someone mentioned this. I was reading through the comments and was thinking, Does no one realize this is a complete waste of money?
      It's the opposite of recycling in my opinion.
      I agree, get people to save their cans. Ask them to rinse them out when they're done with them. Geez.

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  85. This is so great, what a wonderful idea, thank you for sharing!

    xx
    Micheala

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  86. Great idea. You can also use a craft punch (many shapes) and punch the shape out of the can and then a smaller hold punch to make hole. put jump ring on first and then modge pod it. Thanks for the idea.

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  87. I love this! I actually featured you on my blog and made my own as well. Although I used good soda! :) I would love for you to stop by and grab a featured button! http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2012/02/diet-pepsi-key-chain.html

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  88. Love, love, love this idea...but...how do you make the can flat? Almost all the Dimensional Magic (great product by the way) ran off. And, the edges are so sharp! Any suggestions on making the metal flat and dulling the edges?

    Wendy
    wlbtn55@aol.com

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  89. I grew up in several different places in California. We always called it soda. Then when our children were teenagers we moved to Oregon, then Washington, and up here it is pop. My kids have adjusted but I haven't! Great idea! I can't wait to try it!

    Charlotte
    charmend@live.com

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  90. I'm making some for a Dr. Pepper themed bday party. I think I will make charm necklaces instead of a keychain. Now... where to find Mod Podge in Germany.......

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  91. Just saw this on Pinterest! Pretty darn cool. Oh and I have lived in Massachusetts all my 50 years and call it TONIC.....WHAT?!?! :P

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  92. This is great! I used Dimensional Magic on the back of mine (over a picture) but never thought of it for the top. Thanks for sharing!

    Here's the post on mine http://arizona.todaysmama.com/2012/03/coke-can-necklace/

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  93. Great project, thanks for sharing! Please forgive me if this has alrady been mentioned - did you know that you can use scrapbooking punches to punch the shapes? The metal punches as easlily as paper - cuts like butta. Lots of shapes available including hearts. I love to use recycled soda cans. Here's a link to one of my art projects:

    http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1821311?&cat=500&ppuser=44977&perpage=24&thumbsonly=0

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  94. You made an amazing Tutorial !!! I love lots of instructions and pictures soo many people just assume you would know and its like can of coke = keychain and your like soo cute but HOW? keep up the good work and amazing tutorials

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  95. I have been making flower shaped hair clips out of pop cans for a while now and I use a craft punch from the local craft store to cut out my shapes. It is super quick and works really well, I thought the punch would get to dull quickly but it is still holding up after a lot of hair clips have been made. Just a suggestion to make the project even quicker! I love this idea and am definitely going to make some! Also I have been using tin snips to cut the tops off of my cans so THANK YOU for suggesting a can opener which I sadly never even thought of. :)

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  96. LOVE this idea. I just happen to have bought Mod Podge Dimensional this weekend at Hobby Lobby for another project. Will definitely be making this soon. I'm thinking Dr. Pepper, Bud Light, Crush, etc. Possibilities are endless!! Thanks for sharing.

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  97. Stopping over from your feature at 36th Avenue to pin your pop can art. Cute.

    ~Bliss~

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  98. Love this one!! I pinned it a while back now Im ready to make it. Here in my part of the south we call every thing a coke. When we ask if you have a coke we could mean anything, lol.. But I have heard it called by many names. My husbands family calls it fizzy pop, that was a new one for me, lol. Thank you for the tut!

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  99. I absolutely love this....I had a great idea too..you know those penny key rings that you see on pinterest now? The ones with your marriage date etc? Use this stuff to coat them and punch a hole instead of having to try to punch a hole in the pennies...brilliant huh? lol

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  100. Or why not just put the ring in before applying the dimensional magic and just working around it that way...or leaving the nail in until after you've coated it and removing it before it settles

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  101. I seriously love this idea! What a great fun way to display ones (MINE) obsession with Diet Coke!!! I found this through Pinterest, and tried one of my own. I linked your blog on mine. Thanks for sharing such a fun project!

    www.sjscrafts.blogspot.com

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  102. Hey there! Just wanted to let you know we featured you in our Favorite Find Fridays post over at Whimsically Homemade. We used one of your pictures. If that's a problem let us know and we'll remove it immediately. Thanks for your great inspiration!

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  103. This would make the perfect gift for my girlfriend but as a non crafty guy, I was wondering where you can get keychains like that with the long chain for the jump rings to attach on? Can't wait to give this a try!

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  104. These are fantastic so simple yet so impressive, one question did you do anything to the edges of the hearts? Just thinking of the sharp edges, or does the modge podge cover them.
    Thanks could i post a link on my blog page to this?
    thanks zoe
    http://craftybitchzoe.blogspot.co.uk/ this the link to my page incase you would like to check it out x

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  105. I found the dimensional magic at JoAnns FINALLY!! it is with the adhesives.

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  106. Thanx for the heads-up on the Dimensional Magic!

    I've been researching various jewelry projects using metal-washers (yes, the ones from a toolbox).

    In doing so, I came across a similar product called Diamond Glaze.
    I'm looking forward to trying it out.

    Familiar with it?

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  107. I just found this crafty gem on Pintrest. I read your article and scanned the comments and I am still left wondering about sharp edges on the cut can shapes. Does the mod podge take care of that or did you do some filing or buffing or something?

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  108. For those of you who have asked about SHARP EDGES: The answer is, no - the edges are not sharp enough to cut. On shapes like the heart, I rounded the tip just slightly, so that it wasn't too pokey. Otherwise, the edges - especially when rimmed by the dimensional magic - are not sharp on skin or anything. Thanks for your comments!
    Lindsay

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  109. Question. How do you flatten the pieces enough to glue them together? I tried supergluing them, but they wouldn't stay flat together; they kept popping back out from each other. I managed to glue them to my fingers, but not to each other.

    I was excited to make one of these, but now it looks like I may have to stick with cardboard cutouts from the box instead of cutouts from the cans.

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  110. Hi Meredith,
    Here's what I can say that might help:

    I use e6000 or Amazing Goop glue. I don't think traditional super glue is nearly strong enough.

    I have used sand paper to rough up the back of the metal, so that there are tiny grooves for the glue to adhere to better.

    I press the pieces under very heavy books while they are drying.

    Following these instructions, I have usually not had a problem with them popping apart. I also try to be careful about what part of the can I use. Some parts of the can have less curve, and certainly, the smaller the piece you cut out, the less curve there is to contend with when it is drying together.

    Good luck!
    Lindsay

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    1. Thanks. I don't have any special glue like that. I thought about putting something heavy on top, but I didn't want to end up gluing a piece of a can to the cover of an encyclopedia.

      I think I'll still try it with cardboard. I already have some cardboard cutouts from a Coke box, from another project I did once. Sometime in the future, though, I do want to try it again with cutouts from the cans.

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  111. Very nice project, too bad you were foolish to pour perfectly good pop down the drain.
    I'm sure if you tried at all you could have found someone who would have drank it for
    you!! People are so wasteful!

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  112. Very nice project, too bad you were foolish to pour perfectly good pop down the drain.
    I'm sure if you tried at all you could have found someone who would have drank it for
    you!! People are so wasteful!

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  113. I love this idea... Ive been experimenting with pop cans too. making hair flower clips with the cans and just recently making hair flower clips with the pop tabs. Another "pop" idea to add to my list. thanks!!!

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  114. Love this! It has been a while now since you made it... Has it held up? Just curious! ;)

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  115. Hi Emily,
    Yes, it held up pretty well. My mom put it on the outside of her purse, so eventually I think it snagged, and the jump ring opened up on a piece, so it fell off. So - it isn't indestructible :)
    Thanks, and good luck,
    Lindsay

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  116. Very cute idea.

    In Texas we refer to all soda as "coke". This can get confusing to outsiders. Typical party situation: "Can you gab me a coke?", "sure, what kind?", "Dr. Pepper would be great". It may be silly, but that's how it goes around here.

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  117. I'm from England and here we call fizzy drinks pop, we call soda water soda, so we ask for a glass of pop or an orange and soda (which is orange juice and soda water mixed) love the keychain and am going to try this with my boys over the weekend.

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  118. Cool!
    I just call it a fizzy drink lol

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  119. I am an avid Coke addict. This is great for me and my friends & family. Gonna hafta stock up on the mod-poge stuff and go to town.
    By the way: West Texas calls all soda pops "Coke".
    Thanks for the share.
    Kudos,
    -Hunny

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  120. Soda? Pop? Soda pop? I'm with the West Texas Hunny Kidd. Many of us in the South use the term Coke as a generic term for any soft drink. Well....Dr. Pepper drinkers say Coke for all soft drinks except Dr. Pepper. lol

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  122. Oooh, this is a fantastic idea! I'm going to do earrings!

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  123. I have some diet Pepsi pieces with mod podge dimensional magic drying right now. :) I love this idea, thanks for sharing it.

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  124. Such a cute idea! I'm not sure yet whether I'm brave enough to try it, but I'm definitely thinking about it :)

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