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You can sell: metal art

This story appears in the June 1998 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

That hunk of tin isn't for the junk pile anymore--the craftspeople of Irvin's Tinware Co. shine it up, straighten it out and punch a design into it, transforming it into country-style art for the home.

Irvin's Tinware handcrafts tin, brass and copper home accessories with an emphasis on decorative tin lighting products, from votive candleholders to chandeliers. Other items include porch lanterns, table lamps, night lights, wall hangings, Christmas trimmings and light-switch plates. Most pieces have country-style, hole-punched designs--apples, hearts, flowers, checkerboards, roosters and geometric patterns.

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