After Christmas I finished up with a whole bunch of chocolate and cookie tins covered in pictures of Santa Claus, Snow men and Christmas messages. The local goodwill stores are also filling up with a few. Now I got no beef with Santa (he and I go back a long way) but Christmas themed musical instruments are a hard sell any time between December 27 and Halloween.
Does anybody have any great ideas how to strip down, jazz up, de-Christmassify or otherwise re-purpose these tins without detempering them too much?
You'd be surprised at how many year round xmas shops there are out there , and they are always looking for new unique inventory. There's your market , contact a few and see if they are interested in buying / consignment etc .
All the usual things could apply depending on what you are after- paint, sanding, torching, stripping, wire wheel, etc.
I would try some paint stripper. Or you could scuff with 400 grit sandpaper, prime and paint over them. Or vinyl wrap.
Haven't tried it myself, but have you tried fingernail polish remover?
If this works, just get a can of acetone from the hardware store, it is the same thing and a lot cheaper.
Sand it down, spray paint with Rustoleum Hammered...
Interesting. I like John Sawyer's idea for painting with the Rustoleum product that yields a hammered metal look.
I am working on a tin git right now and what I did was used the bottom for the top, so in this case, it is just a kind of brassy looking metal. The main reason I did that was for strength of the guitar. I think the neck hole down on that bottom seem stays stronger.
Unfortunately my old mate Santa is a bit persistent due to his being embosssed on the tin. A bit of textured rustoleum did a bit of covering after a bit of rubbing on a flat surface to smooth the embossing a bit. The hammered finish would be better for that.
Financially given I can get new tins full of biscuits or chocolate for between $ 3 and 10 dollars and second hand for $2 or under this is a waste of time. On the other hand you would have to be a mug to get into this game for the money.
The all year Christmas store is a fair way from my place but I may contact them when they reopen in February. We do have a few Christmas in July things that happen so we can eat gargantuan English Christmas dinner while the temperature is a bit less sweltering than it is at the moment. I think they are more into the trees and food but I will keep an eye out later in the year.
Carvel Ice Cream had the right idea, The Santa cake and the whale cake were made with the same mold, it's all in how you decorated it.
I bought a mold at the thrift store of like santa's face.. . . decorate the hat however ya like but it really looks like my coworker with this epic beard...