Howdy all! I'm brand new here. I just stumbled across this forum and I think I found my home! As a way of introducing myself, I'd like to share one of my creations. I am in love with both medieval armor and recycled art. I have started combining these two loves and one of the results was this:
This skirt is made by using pop-tabs & stainless steel jump-rings. They are assembled into a traditional European 4 in 1 chainmaile pattern. It was a blast to make. It involves 1600 rings and 1600 tabs. If anyone out there is crazy in a similar manner and would like tips on how to create a similar piece, I would be happy to help!
*update* based upon people's responses, here is some additional information...
A few tips on collecting & preparing the tabs:
- Let all of your friends/family know that you want their discarded soda tabs! In my experience, most people are more than willing to pull off a tab and throw it in a cup or Tupperware container that you can empty when you happen to be over visiting them
- Ask local restaurants if you can have their permission to go through their recycling bins and remove tabs from cans. You'll get some strange looks from folks... but it's a good way to get hundreds of tabs!
- Many tabs will have a bit of dried-on soda or mystery nastiness. It's a good plan to take your tabs and immerse them in a bucket with dish soap and hot water. Then, stir them around a bunch. The tabs knocking into each other are abrasive enough that, when combined with the dish soap, it will remove almost all of the ick. It also shines them up nicely
And to answer a few questions: despite its appearance, tab-mail is actually quite flexible and the weave can expand and contract. I made this skirt with a built-in drawstring and it just slides on!
Chainmaile is pretty amazing stuff. If you build yourself a small test-patch of soda-tab-mail and play with it... you'll be amazed by what it can do.