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Topic: A shedload of ringpulls/pop tabs?  (Read 1581 times)
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theharlequinade
« on: May 31, 2010 10:39:51 AM »

I'm a big fan of making bracelets etc out of ringpulls/pop tabs and have virtually everybody I know saving them for me.  However, my method of making the bracelet only allows usage of one specific type of ring pull as out of all the types, they connect the best.

Which poses a problem.  I'm left with all the 'rejects'.  All those that are the wrong shape, size or colour to be made into a bracelet.  I kept them because I figured there had to be something good I could use them for.  I have a lot of rejects.  When I say a lot, I mean A LOT:

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i49/Smurf1392/IMG_0152.jpg

http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i49/Smurf1392/IMG_0151.jpg

I'm a bad judge of numbers, but there's at least 500 there.  Maybe over 1000.  And I have no idea what to do with them.

I don't necessarily have to make them into something, I just need a solution for storing them in a way that's funtional and looks good.

Any suggestions?  Can be practical or creative, I'm open to anything!
Thanks,
~Sophie
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Tallyboo
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2010 07:24:08 PM »

Make them into like a beaded curtain type thing! That would look cool I think. You could even spray paint them first if you wanted.
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2010 05:59:31 PM »

I saw somewhere someone used them for earrings.

I really like the idea of the curtains that Tallyboo suggested and the spray painting. Maybe you could tie them on fishing line or something like that then it would look like they are hanging in mid air.

You could paint them a bunch of different colours and make a vase full of different colours of layers. 

I saw once when I was a kid that someone used them in the back of beer caps to hold their collection on a piece of fabric. Not sure if that would work.

Make a game out of them, paint them different colours, get a container and some friends together and see who can get the most in the container?

I don't know, thats all I can think of at the moment, whatever you do, have fun.
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2010 04:47:17 AM »

Wow, these are some really great ideas, guys!

And I think I have enough to try most of them (:
Thanks!
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2010 05:32:05 PM »

Schools are collecting these like crazy for matching funds for playground equipment, etc. The ones you don't want, donate them to a school, or to a child.  Kids get prizes for collecting the most tabs.
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2010 10:07:53 PM »

How about chain-mail - http://www.instructables.com/id/Genuine-chainmaille-from-pop-tabs/
A belt - http://www.ehow.com/how_4839559_make-pop-tab-belt.html
A dragon sculpture - http://www.geekologie.com/2009/07/blew_out_my_flip_flop_stepped.php
Really NICE clothing - http://tabistry.blogspot.com/
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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2010 07:12:41 PM »

There is an online company called Aluminous Publishing that produces an e-book dedicated to making things with those little tabs. They e-mail the book to you. Interesting.

http://www.aluminouspublishing.com/Keeping_Tabs.php

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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2010 09:54:28 AM »

That ebook looks pretty cool! i love the look of the bin they have pictured on the site, it'd be interesting to know how they did that :-)

Also on that site they have a section of free craft ideas on things to make with aluminium cans, so you could use the cans aswell as the tabs!

http://www.aluminouspublishing.com/free_craft_projects.php
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