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« on: April 01, 2011 08:09:54 PM »



You have found the Mighty Red Gauntlets of Thirst! As you put them on, you feel a surge of strength run through your body. You also, however, have the sudden & inexplicable desire to consume a sweet beverage that contains thousands of tiny bubbles.



Above are the materials for the project Smiley I used soda tabs, stainless steel chainmaile rings and a pair of sturdy welding gloves. I toyed with the idea of using pipe cleaners for something, but later decided against it.



The soda-tab chainmaile panels after completion. Each panel is made from 213 pieces (117 soda tabs and 96 chainmaile rings).



After competing the panels, I marked and punched holes in the glove to create the attachment points. For those who aren't already familliar with it, the tool in this  picture is a rotary leather punch. My rotary punch is one of my best friends when making armor and costumes! So many different sizes with just a spin of the wheel!



In this image you can see how the rings at the edge of the pannels are looped through the holes that were punched. After including the rings required to attach the panels to the gauntlets, the project required a total of 510 pieces (234 tabs and 276 rings). As far as chainmaile projects go, it's actually a fairly small number Cheesy





Close-ups of the weave. By using 5/16" rings and standard-sized soda tabs, you get a reasonably tight and yet still flexible weave



And there you have it! Gauntlets with the appearance of scale armor made from soda-tabs.

Just don't drink all 234 cans of soda at once or you might end up convinced that you're Link from Zelda wearing the Power Gloves and run around for 2 hours trying to lift "boulders" (i.e. cars) above your head until you finally collapse in a twitching, caffiene overloaded pile on someone's driveway.
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2011 09:43:48 PM »

Wow! Awesome job!
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2011 02:20:24 AM »

Nice work!  Your instructions are good as well.  You must have every kid in your neighborhood out hunting pop-tabs for you.
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2011 07:57:53 AM »

Those are pretty much awesome. XD
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2011 08:48:52 AM »

EPIC WIN!  Shocked
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2011 12:33:33 PM »

Ha! These are super rad. I love that you used red gloves as well, that color rocks. They would be a hit at the renn fair out here...
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2011 01:43:33 PM »

Excellent idea!
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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2011 11:47:21 AM »

These are a great idea...something that could be very useful for my amateur theatre group in the future!  Thanks.
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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2011 03:31:10 PM »

These are great...in a scale the wall and beat the dasterdly villan kind of great!
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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2011 12:16:54 AM »

I love the taper in the glove gauntlet and how well the pop tabs chain mail conforms to that taper -- nicely executed!
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« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2011 11:54:05 PM »

Brilliant! these would definitely be helpful in any quest Cheesy must remember your wise advise about not drinking the soda cans all at once!
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« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2011 08:58:12 PM »

These look really fun and well made! I've been wanting to try this technique for a while now but I haven't done mail before and all the types of rings get confusing... if you don't mind me asking, what gauge were the ones you used and are they just stainless steel or something else?
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« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2011 06:03:10 AM »

These look really fun and well made! I've been wanting to try this technique for a while now but I haven't done mail before and all the types of rings get confusing... if you don't mind me asking, what gauge were the ones you used and are they just stainless steel or something else?

I don't mind a bit Smiley I used 16 gauge stainless steel 5/16" inner diameter rings.
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« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2011 09:10:55 AM »

Thanks for the info!
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