Beer Can Art.

Beer Cans Art.

Well here we are with the latest project, I’m not sure if somewhere around the world this is being done but strangely enough I woke one morning with this idea and quickly made a few notes unless It drifted away like dreams do.

Well there isn’t much to say except it’s not something I would have thought I would ever do but why not, they are fun to do and as there are no rules you can’t fail!!  Well, you could make one or two that are average, but what the heck, that’s always in a day’s modelling.

I’ll post these photos of the twelve I have done so far in the last ten days and then post a how to in a few days. It would be great for kids to do but as you will see, the first stage is only for an adult experienced in cutting themselves like I am!  Funnily enough, I managed to avoid any wounds but still managed to do the super glue trick a couple of times!!

As always keep well!

58 thoughts on “Beer Can Art.

    1. patmcf

      Thanks mate 😃I really was wondering what folk would think🤔😉, it’s a pretty simple method that I will show soon as I feel it would be a great thing for kids to do, as they can use any theme figures they wanted to 👍🏻

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  1. deturnation

    You did this in 1 day?!
    Wow, just wow!
    Those are really great.
    While I had heard of this idea, you did a great spin on it with actually turning it into fantasy cave-dioramas. The paintwork is also fantastic, I especially like the one guy with lammellar-armor, he’s really detailled. Also great stuff with those light-effects. Did you use the idea with the gloss-varnish by any chance?

    So most important question, as someone coming from a beer country: How good is that outback beer? 😀

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    1. patmcf

      Sorry mate it took took about ten days, The longest part was plastering the cans , and as it’s winter they took a few days to dry. They are finished with a coat of satin varnish as I didn’t want them to shiny.
      Beer here was pretty average until about twelve years ago when it improved greatly. It’s variety and quality was so poor I started making my one twenty two years ago 🧐. It’s got so good now with so many small breweries do great stuff that I rarely do a batch nowadays 🤔🤓

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  2. patmcf

    Thanks Anthony , but I hate to disappoint you but it took about ten😅I feel you misinterpreted my turn is phrase 😉. I couldn’t imagine that it hadn’t been done before as people all over the world are ingenious, especially kids.
    It’s marvellous the effect you can get with spray cans , I’m afraid it was all hit and miss thats why some excelled while others turned out average, they were finished with a coat of satin varnish as I didn’t want them too shiny 👍🏻.
    Beer here has improved vastly over the last twelve years , it was pretty average and there was little variety which was the reason I started making my own twenty two years ago. It’s improved that much I don’t do much brewing nowadays 🤔🤓.

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    1. deturnation

      Ten days is still very fast imo!
      Not just saying, I paint as fast as a snail, but I think 10 days for the amount and quality is quite good!
      I like them all though. :’)
      Now that is something interesting! Your grandmother surely had a good impact on you! haha How did you fill-up you beer? In Cans as well, in bottles? Surely 0,5l and not just 0,3l? haha (Bavarian beers for the home-market are always in 0,5l).
      What kind of beer was it? (I’m not familiar with the non-German terminology, so I just guess) Light = Helles; Dark = Dunkles; Weizen/Weißbier= Wheat; Pilsner? Did you give it a name?
      I’m not familar with Australian beers at all, though I like to drink this one ginger beer sometimes, or at least, that’s what it is marketed here. In my town some super markets have this brand called Bundaberg which is supposedly imported from the other side of the world, even though I wouldn’t call it a beer, but it’s nice.

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      1. patmcf

        I buy cans of beer that are 375ml but bottle mine in what we call a stubbies that hold 330ml the other size bottle called a long neck holds 750 ml.
        There are numerous types of beer sold here now from larger to dark beers, but I mainly make English ales.
        Now the only Bundaberg I know from Australia is rum 🤔very popular when mixed with coke 😋like you a
        Say very nice especially on a hot day 🥵.

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      2. deturnation

        Oh! I heard that phrase “stubbies”. It was in some Australian-parody actually. Is this something like a common term for beer in Australia in itself? Because here we will for example say “eine Halbe (high German version)” which translates to “a half” which is a reference to 0,5l beer. (To what type it refers, differs by the regions most popular beer eg. in Bavaria its usually Light, in Thuringia it would Dark, in the northern parts most likely pilsner, although in the northern parts 0,3l is more prevalent than 0,5l !)
        0,75l is rather rare here for beer. I don’t think I know of anyone – besides one of the countless minor private breweries, which might offer them. But at Volksfests (local beerfestivals) in Bavaria there is the “Maß”-standard after the “Maßkrug (beerglass that holds 1l) but this will either be filled by 2x 0,5 bottles or directly from the cask.
        I don’t think I have drank many ales yet, as they are less hops-heavy and more malty. Wikipedia talked about sparkling ale specifically for Australia.
        That sounds nice, Rumcola (how it’s called here) is also a staple longdrink for bars here.
        The Bundaberg they sell here on occasion is this one https://cdn02.plentymarkets.com/q7p0kwea05gv/item/images/9703/full/26036a.jpg
        (As of now it seems its not an import anymore but a license, that is manufactured in Germany. But I know at the beginning I had some “made in Australia”. haha)

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      3. patmcf

        😅😅👍🏻right you are , ginger beer not there rum 🤭, as kids we had ginger beer plants and made our own ginger beer, interestingly enough they now make an alcoholic version.
        I think the stubbie was introduced back in the Early seventies and was called that as the bottle was originally very squat and about half the size of the long neck or as some call it a 750 due to its volume. They also made cans of beer the same size but it wasn’t as popular for some reason🤔.
        Our beers are mainly bitters and ales and a couple of Lagers but they are certainly not like there counterparts you would find in your country and the UK😉. To me They all taste the same as they chill all there beers 😱🥶. I have to say we as Australians aren’t the most discerning of folk but we are improving 😉😉.
        That’s interesting that the different states like different beers, even with a big country like ours that doesn’t happen. I’ll have to pick up some Ginger beer next time I’m in town and have a drink to you my friend 👍🏻🍻.

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      4. deturnation

        Sounds awesome! Simpler times, eh?
        I’m not even sure sure, how you’d get alcohol from ginger. 😡

        Are by any chance the German-brewed Bundaberg beer bottles stubbies? They have a very particular format, as our 0,33l are usually either very thin versions of the 0,5l regular version or something like this here https://www.biershop-bayern.de/media/catalog/product/cache/552a6c31827371ee8343397fdbf219c7/l/o/loesch-zwerg_pils.jpg << actually a very good beer from Augsburg, not the pilsner version like pic-related, but the Radler (beer and lemonade).
        Oh we have 0,5l cans of beer here still. Nobody usually drinks, unless they go on a music festival like Wacken. Ironically the most popular brand of canned 0,5l beer is calle 05er (read Null Fünfer (nuouhl feeonv'a in english pronounciation xD fun-fact the German "ü" sounds very similar to the Japanese pronounciation of 'u' う)
        Is Australia more a beer or a wine-country? I remember, Australia is one of the world's main wine-suppliers.
        Yes, we Germans are quite spoiled on good beer! haha If I got the choice I will not touch certain beers like for example Becks, this stuff is the lowest for me. Even if chilled. Heck, there are notable differences in taste even between the same brands here, where you can drink Paulaner Weissbier, but there regular stuff is incredibly bad, while their Oktoberfest Starkbier can hit a good year or a bad one.
        Haha thank you mate! I hope you'll enjoy it to your hearts content! Will also drink to you, next time I get my hands on an Irish beer. 😉

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      5. patmcf

        Ah ! Why didn’t I see it 🧐the Bundaberg ginger beer bottle is the original beer stubbie from the seventies ,that photo you sent , I haven’t seen that shape over here although there are a great variety of shapes now.
        Aussies drank very little wine before the mid seventies and then mainly Rieslings and a few rough red clarets, then in the eighties things exploded wine challenged beer for many years in the early 2000’s but with the vast improvements in beer quality and variety it’s now reversed.
        I have tried Becks and I have to agree with you mate. Getting alcohol into ginger beer is in the amount of sugar used , I have only made it from kit form and got an alcohol content so I’m not sure how to make it from scratch 🧐. Cheers mate I’m off to the back fridge to get a Guinness 😅😅👍🏻

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      6. deturnation

        Now that’s fun. So the ‘German’ Bundaberg is bascially a cultural representation of traditional Aussie Beer culture. haha : )
        That’s also a bit surprising. Would have thought, there was a longer tradition to it, after all, you have parts with the most ideal conditions for good and sweet wines I think: Hot and sun without end mainly! (We have to cope with mountain-grown vineyards! And much of our wineyards got destroyed by the Reblaus (vine pest) decades ago.

        If you get the chance one day: try Augustiner Hell, Tegernseer Hell or Schneider Weisse, those I can definitively positively recommend as one of the best. 😉 Fischers Hell would also be good, and might be not as hard to come by, as it’s brewed by Erdinger Weißbräu as well. (I think I read, that Erdinger is still the world’s biggest brewery.)

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      7. patmcf

        Well Anthony mate the wine industry here is enormous now with ever type of wine available due to as you say our large and varied climate and no shortage of sunshine 🤓.
        I was talking to my wife about wines back in the seventies and she said that it was the German wines that were so popular then with the younger folk, that was as I said the beginning of the boom of the wine industry here .
        I will note your recommendations down as we have some amazing grog shops that really put a lot of energy into importing great grog from all around the globe so there is a chance I might stumble across some of them , so cheers mate for the suggestion 👍🏻🤓
        T

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      8. deturnation

        Reminds me a bit of a Men at Work’s “I can see it in your eyes”. I wondered why they would mention wine in a restaurant as something ‘special’ but this somewhat coincides with the timing with the newly-found wine-craze in Australia back then I guess.
        Saying that, I’ve become quite found of that Aussie band by now, they have some nice lyrics, describing contemporary times well better than it might have fit in the 70s/80s haha. Especially “Underground” and “Who Can it Be?”

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      9. deturnation

        They did really great stuff, for sure! Depending on the price, might be an interesting experience.
        Did you know, he now lives in California and has sued Strykert for allegedly making death-threats against him?

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  3. Kuribo

    Very nice work on this beer art, mate! Its great to see you painting some fantasy stuff again and I can see why this idea came about. I’ve noticed more display plinths like this recently: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1188464506/honourguard-miniatures-display-base-8?click_key=a869bcddf57f0a73d40b59c2aea4d631874ff424%3A1188464506&click_sum=69bf4cca&ref=shop_home_active_5&pro=1. A beer can is a cheap and easy way to get a similar effect, I reckon. There is a famous and skilled miniature painter who is using relatively thick photo frames to make dioramas as well: https://www.puttyandpaint.com/projects/36583. Maybe some of these ideas will unlock even more creative projects from you in the future! 😀

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    1. patmcf

      Thanks Jeff, do love painting the Fantasy figures and doing the cans as you can do what you like 😃. Those are some super plinths😀and as for the photo frame guy he’s amazing 😳😃.
      You shouldn’t tempt me mate as I’m easily side tracked and I should be cleaning up the mega mess I have created doing this project 😅😅😅👍🏻🤓

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      1. patmcf

        😅😅😅I had to mate when I just told my wife I had to go and clean up 🧹, why she said , to which I replied “ you haven’t been in the shed then🧐😅😅👍🏻

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    1. patmcf

      😅😅😅👍🏻cheers Dave due to all the rain we have had our mower man is way behind so I have had to mow half the block today 🥵, so after that I have enough cans to do that project over again 😉.

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    1. patmcf

      😅😅👍🏻thank young lady I’m glad you liked my little side step into a strange and humorous side that I’m sure poor kids around the world would say!
      Hey I thought of that first !

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    1. patmcf

      Thanks Roger , it’s strangely how the brain , well mine , works , I just woke up one more morning with the idea 🤔😅👍🏻. It does have its limits though .

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