Craft and Keep a Unique Hand-Punched Tin Can Luminary

Learn from a professional metalwork artist how to turn a humble soda can into a glimmering work of pop art.

Craft and Keep a Unique Hand-Punched Tin Can Luminary
  • Jennifer Hermann is an applied materials artist with a Master's of Fine Art in Metals and Jewelry
  • Get a hands-on introduction to the art of metal punching
  • Create a one-of-a-kind votive candleholder to take home

A votive candle, a historic colonial art form and a can of Diet Coke—it takes an artist to see how these seemingly unrelated things can work together beautifully. See for yourself when you make a stunning and functional luminary.

Trained artist Jennifer Hermann came up with the idea to transform a normally disposable item—the soda can—into a lasting and treasured masterpiece while earning her MFA. She’d been working with copper, but was seeking a way to fuse the ideals of high and low art. The recycling-bin staple provided the perfect medium.

Meet Jennifer in her studio in South Philly for an introduction to her groundbreaking techniques of metal material handwork. Choose a can and a design, and set to work punching the tiny holes that will produce a shimmering effect when lit from within. The brag-worthy finished piece is yours to keep.

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Jennifer Hermann - Metalwork Artist

Jennifer Hermann

Metalwork Artist

Jennifer Hermann earned her MFA in metalwork from SUNY New Paltz, where she honed her impressive material handwork skills and her ambition to instill found objects with soul. More recently, she served as an artist-in-residence at Cheltenham Center for The Arts in Cheltenham, PA, where she oversaw...

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