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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Pop-tab Chain-Mail Glove (Pic Heavy) on: July 23, 2010 09:21:34 AM
Suereal:
Ah, I see. I'll have to remember that when I start the other glove. Thanks!

atsuko:
Yes! Thank you, this is the same tutorial I found ages ago.
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Pop-tab Chain-Mail Glove (Pic Heavy) on: July 23, 2010 08:57:34 AM
Mrs Tumble:
Thanks very much! It's not a difficult process, just time consuming. And hard on the nails. I had to cut mine, they kept chipping against the tabs ;.;

vampedangel14:
Yes, the tabs have been cut to link them together. I'm sure there's a tutorial for it somewhere, I just don't remember where. I briefly considered using glue or something, but the tabs are surprisingly strong. I've only had one tab come undone, and that was only after a book fell on it.

suereal:
It's not so much the roughness of the edges, but the corners of the pop tabs where there is a tiny gap. On the top of the glove you can see I sewed the tabs in three places to keep the tabs from shifting in place, and the thread would often catch on those gaps.
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Pop-tab Chain-Mail Glove (Pic Heavy) on: July 23, 2010 08:31:16 AM
Quite some time ago, I saw someone using soda can tabs to make chain-mail. Although I remember thinking it would be amazing to make something out of them, I completely forgot about it until, a few weeks ago, my mom began to save soda cans. I kept the tabs, and linked them together.

It was at this stage where I realized the top row was just about the width of the back of my hand, and decided to make a chain-mail glove. Unfortunately, I don't own a pair of gloves, so I did what any normal person would do, and slapped together my own using the remains of a pair of pants. (RIP, favorite PJs, you will be missed.)

Front side of glove. The fabric isn't nearly that wonky in real life.

Close-up of the wrist flap thing. I actually sewed this part to make four small pockets, possibly to hold tiny vials or scrolls. I have no idea if there is a name for the stitching. I just sort of added it in and liked the way it looked, so I used it around the whole glove.

Back side of the glove.

Completed glove, laced shut.

Attaching the chain-mail to the glove took a ridiculously long time, mostly because the edges of the tabs would cut the thread if I wasn't careful with the placement. Which was fairly often.
 





The entire piece took approximately 11 days to complete, mostly because I had no idea what I was doing. I did not have a pattern for the glove, just made it up as I went along. It originally did not have a thumb, but I threw that in there because I felt the back of the thumb would be too exposed. The three X's in the last pic were added as reinforcement where I screwed up in cutting.

The only thing I do not like is that the wrist flap thing is a tad short. After a while, it rides up a bit and has to be tucked back in. Eventually I want to make a pair of bracers that will attach to the glove, keeping the flap in place. However, seeing as how one glove required 112 tabs, and I have yet to complete the right hand.... It might be a while.


This is my first post ever so... please be kind Cheesy

:EDIT:
Many thanks to atsuko for the following link:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Genuine-chainmaille-from-pop-tabs/
This is the same tutorial that I happened upon months ago that led to this project.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My Daughter's Forest Nursery on: July 23, 2010 08:14:41 AM
I must admit that I am terribly jealous of your child. I am a horrible person.

Honestly, though, you are an amazing person to have created this for her. She is a lucky child to have such a wonderful mom!
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Merkitty paperclay on: July 23, 2010 08:08:15 AM
Ahhh, this is adorable! I love that you painted it like a calico-- it makes it look rather like a koi fish. Very nice!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Collage for the wall (quite picture heavy) on: July 23, 2010 07:59:27 AM
I love it! "Do not untimely die"-- such sound advice!
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Gir Stencil Tanktop [Can I Be A Mongoose Dog?] on: July 22, 2010 11:21:37 PM
I love tacos!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ladies & Gentleman...I present the Beer Mug Purse on: July 22, 2010 11:20:50 PM
Very clever! And, for the men, perhaps attach it to the belt like they do steins at ren-fairs?
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: small batch winemaking on: July 22, 2010 11:16:44 PM
Looks lovely! I have yet to try any brewing of my own, but the peaches in the backyard are ripening very nicely this season, so I may have to try it for myself!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: yo-yo tree wallhanging on: July 22, 2010 11:08:58 PM
Very nice! So much detail-- I would never have the patience for it!
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