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When it comes to crafting, almost anything can become something new and useful. The same goes for random pieces of sheet metal. If you have sheet metal from a company like Waters Brothers Contractors, Inc. left over from a construction project, you can use it to make a few fun objects for your home.
You can place an image on a piece of sheet metal for a neat see-through effect. It's done by printing a black-and-white image using a laser jet printer (or make a photocopy) and then sticking it image side down on a piece of clear contact paper. Wet the paper with water and then scrub the paper off. The ink and image remain on the contact paper. When you stick the contact paper to the sheet metal, you see the shiny metal through the clear parts and the black image stands out.
Framed Magnetic Display Board
Sheet metal is magnetic. This makes it perfect as a display board for your home where you can hang photos, lists, and children's artwork. You want a piece of sheet metal that is thin enough to fit inside a frame. Frames come in many sizes so you can probably find one that fits your rectangular sheet metal without having to cut it down to size. Simple frame the sheet metal and hang it. Make sure to hang it on a stud on the wall because the metal is heavy. As a bonus, it can also be used as a dry erase board.
Custom Cookie Cutters
You need thinner sheet metal for this project. You need the kind that bends easy with pliers. 24-26 gauge metal works the best. If you only have small amounts of sheet metal left over from your construction project then this is the best way to use it up. Design your cookie cutter either by hand drawing or printing an image. Use a piece of wire to outline the design and then stretch the wire back out. This is how you know the length of your sheet metal you need for the cookie cutter. Cut the metal to the size you want and then bend it into the shape using pliers. The whole thing can be kept together with grommets. Make sure to use food safe metal since it will touch your uncooked dough.
When you're a crafter, you never let anything go to waste. Use up those bits of sheet metal and make new, useful objects for your home.