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« on: March 07, 2011 07:35:29 PM »

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! Smiley

*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 Smiley

- 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 Cheesy

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! Smiley 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.
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2011 08:01:51 PM »

So neat!  I recently picked up a chainmaille pop tab bracelet at a thrift store.
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2011 08:04:44 PM »

I'd like to hear more about how you made it! And how do you get it off and on??
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2011 08:05:39 PM »

Uh wow, so completely awesome!  This definitely rocks!

After checking out Regretsy I'm pretty sure I could sell my stuff on Etsy.
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2011 08:09:01 PM »


Check out Trinkets & Jewelry! Wink
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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2011 08:13:57 PM »

I'd like to hear more about how you made it! And how do you get it off and on??

It slides off and on and then is secured with a draw-string laced through the top row of rings. The awesome thing about chainmaile is that if the weave laid in the correct direction, it actually can expand and contract quite a bit while still hanging nicely. The skirt in the picture fit the model who wore it, but also fit my elementary-aged daughter when she wanted to try it on while I was making it.

As far as its construction, the pattern is very simple... it just requires a great deal of patience. I use a pair of pliers in each hand and then I open one of the jumprings, loop it through four tabs, close the ring. Then I loop another ring through two of those tabs, add two more tabs to it, and close that ring. You then just repeat this process a couple thousand times and then it's done! If you google "European 4 in 1 chainmaile tutorial" you can find specific instructions on how to assemble basic chainmaile Cheesy

« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2011 08:22:28 PM »

Oh my goodness. I'm gonna start collecting. That's so awesome!
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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2011 08:31:43 PM »

I'm in awe!

« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2011 12:17:37 AM »

It's very awsome. But how do you sit down if you get my meaning? 
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2011 11:21:56 AM »

Ah-maze-ing....Holy Cow!   Nice work!

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