Making Tin Can Toys
by Edward Thatcher 1919
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Candlesticks, Wall Sconces, and Lanterns
The base of the tall candlestick shown in Fig. 94 is made of various sized cans cut down to tray-like forms and soldered together. As may be seen by studying them, the shafts are made from ordinary tin campaign horns. The drip cups are made of press-in can lids or from small cans cut down to tray-like shapes. All sharp edges are to be turned over. The candle sockets are formed in the same way as that of the candlestick described in Chapter VIII, page 94.
The wall sconces are made of large olive or cooking oil cans or the 'cans that have contained automobile lubricating oils. All edges should be turned or bound with folded strips of tin. Sconce No.2 may be made of a flat sheet of tin and half of a large round can cut down to tray size. Sconce No.3 may be made of a large round can cut down to shape.
The lantern is not made from a rectangular can, but it is made from two square pieces of tin used for the top and bottom, part of a can being fitted in a hole cut in the square piece used for the top of the lantern. The four corner pieces of the lantern are made of strips of tin cut at a right angle. A sliding door is made from a flat sheet of tin this door sliding between two folded strips of tin which are soldered to the framework of the lantern. Three pieces of glass are used for the lantern, as these are held in place by small pieces of tin folded at an angle, one part of which rests against the glass and the other part is soldered to the tin work of the lantern. These pieces are put in place as each piece of glass is placed in the lantern, one at the top and the other at the bottom of each piece of glass.