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I'm looking at doing some punched tin on some cans. I've found directions on how to freeze ice in the cans to make them solid for punching, but every time I try, the ice pops the bottom of the can and they get rounded.

Anyone have any advice on how to avoid this? The ice seems to go from unsolid & watery to popping the bottom of the can really fast, so I can't seem to catch it in time!

Am I missing a step?
 

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Maybe you are just putting to much water in the can. You have to leave room for expansion.
 

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I've never had that happen. Maybe Ann's idea about the water level is right. I have left mine in the deep freezer way too long before and they had frozen so solid I've darn near killed myself with the hammer trying to beat a nail trough a solid chunk of ice, but never has is popped the bottom of the can like that. So lower your water level in it just a bit and see how that goes. I honestly can't think of any other reason that cause that. If it starts getting too watery and slipping before you're done pop it back in the freezer for awhile.
 

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I had the same problem and a friend told me to only freeze about an inch the first time and when that froze then fill the rest of the way and freeze again....worked like a charm. Good Luck.
Carol
 
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