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Two Methods:Preparing the Pop TabsCreating ChainmailCommunity Q&A

Although you can purchase chainmail from a dive or sporting good store, why not put all those empty soda cans to good use and create your own with the tabs? The supply you will need most is time as it will take approximately 1,000 or more pop tabs to create anything substantial.

Method 1 Preparing the Pop Tabs

How to Create Chainmail from Pop Tabs

1 Prepare the pop tabs. Bend the collar side downward using the key. Use the key to continue bending the collar backward so that it’s tucked firmly against the tab. Repeat for each pop tab.

How to Create Chainmail from Pop Tabs

2 Snip one end of the pop tab. Cut in the middle of the pull part of the tab using the cutter tool. Make sure you cut in the same place on every tab, for consistency.

How to Create Chainmail from Pop Tabs

3 Bend each pop tab using the manual staple remover. Place the tab inside the staple remover, cut the side first and close the remover down on top of pop tab. Use your finger to push the cut side down. The remover should create a slight bend or bridge looking shape in the pop tab when complete.

How to Create Chainmail from Pop Tabs

4 Continue this process with each pop tab until you have prepared all of the ones you’re using. This may take a little time. Consider maintaining finished pop tabs in a separate bowl, bag or stacked off to one side. Method 2 Creating Chainmail

How to Create Chainmail from Pop Tabs

1 Link the prepared pop tabs together. Hold one pop tab in your left hand, cut side facing outward. Join another pop tab with your right hand by pushing the tab in your right hand, uncut side, through the cut side on the left.

How to Create Chainmail from Pop Tabs

2 Grab another pop tab with your right hand and repeat the same step by pushing another pop tab, uncut side through the cut side in your left hand. You should have one pop tab in your left hand that contains two other pop tabs at the top.

How to Create Chainmail from Pop Tabs

3 Add another pop tab to your trio of tabs. Join the top two tabs into one more pop tab, push the new pop tab inward, cut side down.

How to Create Chainmail from Pop Tabs

4 Repeat this process in order to link and weave the pop tabs. This should create a diamond shape as you go.

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