As I’ve discussed before, There are a lot of challenges involved in displaying all of my bottles and cans. Today, I would really like to put a call out to get some ideas on how to best handle my growing stockpile of cans. The end goal here is to use space on the ceiling to display them all.
The challenge is in how to get them to stay on the ceiling. In the past, I’ve tried fun-tack. But that doesn’t seems to last forever and cans end up peeling away.
The current plan involves attaching magnets to the cans and sticking the magnets to metal rails that I can attach to the ceiling.
There are two problems with this approach. One is that, even though I am using only a small dot of adhesive on the magnet itself, all of the adhesives I have tried end up creating a ring of schmutz on the can that make it look like a 3 year old slathered paste all over the place.
The other problem is that all adhesives prove to be even less permanent than the fun-tack and the cans still end up peeling away from the ceiling. How are magnets and aluminum so impervious to adhesives? Son of a…
So… that leaves me with trying to find a method of getting the magnets to permanently stay on the can without permanently damaging or altering the can. As a test run, I’ve used masking tape and the magnets are, indeed, strong enough to still hold the can to the metal (I purchased really good magnets).
The problems with this approach are that the tape will end leaving adhesive junk all over the can and that it looks horrible for display purposes.
OK younglings. Time to start generating some ideas here. How can I get these cans up on the ceiling in a way that:
- Does not damage or alter the can itself
- Does not result in an ugly display
- Allows the magnet to have enough contact with the metal
- Is economically viable for 500+ cans?