It looks to be either overruns or misprinted metal that was apparently seen as valuable enough to bother to save and reuse for applications such as these double layered lids. I love the name RAYGLO laxative tablets. You gotta wonder what creative team came up with that one. Anyway, it was so cool to get a printed tin surprise. I had a second lid almost identical to the one this piece came from, except the knob was round instead of egg shaped. Needless to say, I was somewhat disappointed when that metal liner came out blank on both sides. Bummer.
I went back to the rather boring and repetitive process of cutting up and flattening tins and didn't think too much more about my fun surprise. As I was about to start cleaning up to get ready to go to a back yard BBQ, I ran across this old lid in a bin of already deconstructed pieces. I realized it was getting scratched so I had better pull it out and flatten it so it didn't take too much more of a beating. As I was separating the inside and outside layers I realized that I'd had this tin for almost the entire time I've been making jewelry and I never bothered to take it apart. If I had, I would have realized months ago that there is sometimes treasure within my treasures. Now that I know that I'm going to be uber-obsessed with finding these vintage tins just so I can see if there's any fabulous patterns waiting to be discovered on the reverse sides.
The revelation did get me thinking about whether or not a company today would reuse tin in this way or if they would just scrap the overruns and mistakes. Somehow I think they would just chuck it all. Since I don't think there are many tins this intricately constructed anymore, I suspect I'll never know. What I do know, and what these pictures prove, is that is not how it has always been. Personally, I hope we get back to what seems like a more sane approach to resources like this. I'll be posting in a few days about another curious use of metal packaging, but for now suffice it to say that I think we are scarily wasteful.