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Bonk! Tutorial by borzou99 Bonk! Tutorial by borzou99
It seems like a lot of people are having trouble making Bonk! cans. The main problem seems to be the part where the tops and bottoms of the graphic are scrunched creating a hideous abomination.

Therefore I have decided to post this tutorial on how to make cans that look right. It's really easy, I swear.

Step 1: Using painter's tape, isolate the top and bottom of the can. This is a very tedious process. Take your time and use several small pieces as opposed to some large piece of tape all around.

LIGHTLY sand the can of choice (probably 120 grit and higher). The reason you do this is to create small scratches in which the paint can 'fill in' and create better adhesion.

After the sanding process, rinse the cans with water and dry them completely.

Step 2. Paint the can with spray paint. I personally use Krylon. Make sure you spray in light layers over a period of time. Avoid spray painting all at once or else you will have uneven spots of paint.

Step 3. When you print out the Bonk! label, cut off the top and bottom solid areas. Use spray adhesive to adhere your label to the can. Do not overuse spray adhesive. A fine misting will do. I would not suggest Elmer's glue or rubber cement because it will cause your label to wrinkle.

Step 4. Step back and marvel at your handiwork. Saxton Hale would be proud of you.

(Technically, if you want to make the can the right way, you need to find a manufacturer that is willing to put the design on a can. Unfortunately, this endeavor has proven difficult for me so this tutorial provides the next best thing.)
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Did you print the label off with just regular printing paper, and I noticed the part where you were putting the label on the can there was some clear, tape-like material on it, does that prevent the ink from fading or something?
borzou99 Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good eye!  You are probably referring to the bottom left picture.  In that picture, I had used tape as a placeholder so I could take a picture for the tutorial.  It is just regular printing paper with spray glue to keep it on.  However, if you are really savvy, you could get it printed off as a vinyl sticker from a professional printing shop.
Thanks for the tip, may consider that custom sticker option, I use an inkjet printer and it's so easy to fade the image if any liquid gets on the paper.
borzou99 Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good luck! :)
thebannanaking May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
First. I make Sandvich

Then Bonk
Wolf-Fangs73371 May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Does it have to be a specific can?
borzou99 May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My logos are sized to Monster cans. However, if you can resize the image, you can fit it to any can. Also, you can also use Woggy's can label maker: [link] to fit it to any can of your choosing.
Wolf-Fangs73371 May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Handy1811 Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh dear God, I love you. ;w; This is such a life saver for a first time Scout cosplayer as myself!
NeverlostatBS Dec 8, 2012  Student Artist
YES, this is quite the revelation.
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