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Old 05-29-2006, 01:35 PM   #1  
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Question Lunch Box Tins/Paint Cans

I am interested in decorating lunch box and/or paint can, but have never done so before. Any suggestions/directions anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated!

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i would also like to know i have a paint can just sitting here staring at me
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I just finished my first not too long ago! I expect it to get a lot of use and handling, so I used Mod Podge for paper (the paper version doesn't dry tacky like the original can). With a foam brush I painted a thin coat over the tin and then laid the paper on, rubbing all over to get good contact. After it had dried for 15 minutes or so, I brushed another layer of Mod Podge on top for protection. The foam brush did leave subtle brush marks, but I like the look. The top coat of Mod Podge created minor bubbling in some areas, but as it dried the bubbles disappeared.

For tins that don't need as much durability, I've read about people using Xyron adhesive runners or sticky strip to adhere paper. If you use this method, you definitely don't want to put Mod Podge on top. I've heard it bubbles horribly, and they don't go away when dry.

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if you use mod podge on the top layer, but don't use it to make the paper stick to the can/tin, it will leave big bubbles. if you don't like the brush marks that can be left behind with mod podge, you can lightly sand it (once completely dry!!) with a fine-grit sandpaper. i use a bunch of mod podge for cans/tins & love it.
you can also use acrylic paint as a base layer on the metal, then apply rub-ons or stamp on it, the mod podge the whole thing. the paint may require a couple coats since it will tend to bead-up because of the metal surface, but it works out in the end. i love the making memories paint & am dying to try the heidi swapp paints. of course, some spray paint from the local hardware store works well, too.
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I just made my 1st lunchbox & paint can a few weeks ago. I used sticky strip to hold the paper down, and it worked great for me! I hadn't thought of using Mod Podge--that'd be a good idea if your box will get a lot of use.
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What if you want to stamp directly on the tin itself? What kind of ink would you use??
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I tried stamping directly on the top of my lunch box and it smeared horribly...i think you'd have to use a stazon or something more permanent than the classic inks.

In the lunch box workshop we tried the zyron method and modge podged over the top...it bubbled pretty bad but did smooth out again. The small zyron works great for adhering the ribbon around your box. For my second box, we were out of zyron and I had to use double sided tape...not a good idea. It didn't smooth out nearly as well after I applied the modge podge. Next time I'll try the double modge podge approach...that seems like the way to go.
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