Introduction: Altoids Tin Longboard Slide Gloves
This Instructable will show you how to make a pair of longboard slide gloves. Your sliding surface will be the lid of the tin.
Slide gloves are used in longboarding and skateboarding for powersliding tricks. Slide gloves allow the rider to place his or her hands on the ground during a trick for additional maneuverability and the ability to do different tricks. Examples of slide tricks can be seen in the last step of this Instructable, or on Youtube.
*Note - These gloves are for low-level sliding tricks. Do not, under any circumstances, use these gloves for hardcore downhill powersliding. These gloves are not for extended useage. If they are used too much, the metal in the Altoids tin cover will thin out and sharpen and eventually bust out on you in the middle of a slide. (See the last image for clarification) We don't want that. So if you're really into powersliding, get some heavy-duty slide gloves.*
The making of this Instructable is best accompanied by Ol' Dirty Bastard's 'Shimmy Shimmy Ya', any song by Matt and Kim, Reggie Watts, or You Oughta Know by Das Racist. Put on some choice tunes.
Step 1: Supplies
The supplies you will need are as follows:
- Two Altoids tins of any flavor (I prefer wintergreen, but that's just me)
- A blunt metal object such as a nail with a large diameter, a Phillips head screwdriver, A drill bit, etc.
- A hammer (This doesn't have to be large. It's only to poke holes in your Altoids tin with the blunt object)
- Two long-ish, durable shoelaces
- Scissors, any size
Step 2: Preparing the Altoids Tins
First, you will need to eat all of the Altoids in your tins, or put them in a container or something. They just need to be out of the way.
Next, you'll need to put some holes in the Altoids tin so the shoelaces can pass through and be firmly tie your hands to to the gloves.
Take the lid off of the tin, for some extra stability. There are some little hinge flaps holding on the lid, just bend them back.
Take your hammer and blunt object thing and poke three equally spaced holes on each long side of the tin and one hole in the middle of each short side of the tin. make sure that the holes on one side of the tin line up with the holes on the other side of the tin. These holes are going to be rather small for shoelaces, though. That's where your scissors come in. Put the point of your scissors into each hole and worm it around until the hole is enlarged just enough so that the shoelaces can pass through without being ripped or torn.
Repeat all this with your other Altoids tin.
Step 3: Adding in the Shoelaces
This is where you thread the shoelaces through your tin in such a way that you can quickly, readily, and securely tie on your slide gloves.
*Each end of the shoelace must be sticking out somewhere so you can tie them together around your hand.*
Personal preference plays a big part here. I threaded my shoelaces through in a sort of spiral, through one long side at the bottom hole, out the other side, around the back of the tin, and then through the next set, around the back, through the next set, around the back, then down the top hole and through the bottom hole. This setup seems to work quite well. Make sure your threading preference secures all of your hand - you wouldn't want your gloves to slip during a trick. The shoelace should wrap around the main part of your hand as well as in between a couple fingers and the part of your wrist below your thumb.
When you are finished, tie on your glove and see if it holds very securely, so securely you'd feel confident doing powersliding tricks with it. If not, revise your threading.
Repeat all this with your other tin, but reverse the threading, as your other hand has its thumb on the other side.
Step 4: You've Finished! Now for Some Sliding.
Hooray! You've finished your very own Altoids tin slide gloves. Now, you have to try them out. Grab your board and hit an area with some smooth pavement and no cars. Skate and slide at your own risk. I'm not responsible for any injury during either of the two or construction of your gloves.
Always wear a helmet. Always. Also, it's a good idea to add some padding between the back of the tin and your hand.
Here are some photos of types of slides, and a video as well.
Enjoy! Thanks for building! Feedback, constructive criticism, and ideas on how to better this Instructable are all appreciated.