How To Make Chain Mail With Pop Can Tabs

Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge,

Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge.

A friend at work was making chain mail with pop can tabs. I could tell it was two basic things, a bend in the tab top where it connects to the other tabs above it to enable it to lay nice and flat, and a single snip in that ring to enable it to be connected. I can’t believe how easy this is. I’ll definitely be starting my first chain shirt with these. They’re not as accurate, of course, but they have that DIY/steampunk feel to them and they’re much lighter than mail made from wire.

Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge,

Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge.

You need to cut off these rings where the tab connected to the top of the beer Soda Pop can. These tend to be jagged and sharp, don’t want that in your chain mail, ‘aint no body got time for that! Safety third

Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge,

Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge.

Bend that thing to not quite a 45 degree angle, maybe 33rd degree.

Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge,

Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge.




Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge,

Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge.

It looks like a tiny, stubby skateboard deck with the top half of that top ring bent over.┬áIt’s time to snip that ring.

Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge,

Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge.

Just a quick, easy snip with a pair of wire cutters. No need to spread the ring out or anything, that will just misshape it. You can pretty easily slide the ring over the bottom rings of the two tabs above it.

Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge,

Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge.

 

Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge,

Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge.

 

 

Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge,

Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge.

First slip the ring you snipped through the bottom ring of one tab, then turn it and slip it over the ring on the other side. That’s how you do it! I’ll post an update if/when I complete a chain shirt made from these.

Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge,

Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge.

Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge,

Making Pop Tab Chain Mail. Click to Enlarge.

It’s like magic!

 

 

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