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Topic: Pop-tab Chain-Mail Glove (Pic Heavy)  (Read 8047 times)
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« 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

Many thanks to atsuko for the following link:
This is the same tutorial that I happened upon months ago that led to this project.
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2010 08:37:07 AM »

I love the idea of using ring-pulls for chainmail! I get through loads, going to have to give it a try  Grin

I like the lacing on the glove, it looks pretty  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2010 08:45:56 AM »

Pretty spiffy!
Did you cut the tabs so they can be linked? If so, did you use glue or something after to keep them from coming apart? I see no rings so was curious.

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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2010 08:49:21 AM »

I've been goofing about with pull tabs for a year now.  I haven't made much, but I just spent a good part of a day last week , hammering a batch of them flat to see if that will cut down on the ruff edges.  You can make them pretty smooth that way, and it seems to make them a bit stiffer too....
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2010 08:57:34 AM »

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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 ;.;

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.

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.
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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2010 09:13:52 AM »

That's what I meant. If you hammer that little gap it closes it up enough to stop that from happening. For what I'm doing, I need them completely flat, but it was a happy bonus to get those thread catching corners smashed shut.

I completely forgot to tell you how cool it is.  You did a really great job on the construction.  And I'm thinking of trying it myself now.  Thanks for the idea. Grin
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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2010 09:18:55 AM »

This is cool!
Here's a link that I'm using:

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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2010 09:21:34 AM »

Ah, I see. I'll have to remember that when I start the other glove. Thanks!

Yes! Thank you, this is the same tutorial I found ages ago.
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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2010 03:01:22 PM »

This is very cool! I have been saving pop tabs for ages and despairing about how to use them. This looks like a wonderful project for me. Thanks for posting and great first post!

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