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Removing Strips:

Remove the top and/or the remove the bottom, as explained above. Then lift up the can so that the desired width of strip is exposed above the lip of the sleeve. Lock the can into place with one or more pushpins inserted in the sleeve's top anchor holes. (This is an essential step.) You'll need to brace the inside of the can with your non-anchor-hole-popping-hand, but don't poke your other hand's finger with the pushpin as it punches through the can's metal.

Make a cut downward cut into the side of the strip. Then make a tiny cut perpendicular to the first cut as near to the lip of the sleeve as possible. This makes it much easier to start peeling off the strip.

Then peel the strip off like an orange. Be mindful of where the pushpins are sticking-out into the can, so you don't prick your finger. Keep your pressure at the point of the tear, pushing out radially from the center axis of the can, but be gentle, since not much force is needed. Be mindful of what the loose end of the strip is doing as you peel. Finally, trim any remnant off with scissors.

Alternatively, if you don't need the strip to be a closed loop, it's easy to flatten the sheet and then score a straight line with a ruler. [To score a line means to make a deep scratch in something so that it's easier to tear or bend the material at that location.] Then fatigue the metal away until it breaks off on its own.

If you do need a closed-loop strip, then make it as follows. First, lock the can in the Aluminator with two pushpins on opposite sides of its circumference. As you puncture the can with the second pushpin, be sure that the opposite side is pressed-in closely against the wall so that the can isn't slightly askew in the Aluminator; you want your cut to be a circle around the cylinder -- not an oval. Use a third pushpin to score a line around the can by dragging it around the can several times, using the upper rim of the Aluminator as a physical guide (as if it were a circular ruler edge). Now, when you insert your knife and run its dull edge around the rim through the scored line, the can will separate exactly along that scored line, leaving a closed-loop circle with a perfectly straight edge that is parallel to the former rim of the can.