Yeah, yeah, it's another Duct Tape wallet instructable.
How boring, right?
The reason I'm doing this one is that I'll try to agglomerate knowledge about building all kinds of Duct Tape wallets and going into detail on a lot of aspects so that you'll be able to build the Duct Tape wallet of your dreams!
I'm going to tell you about tapes, I'm going to tell you about techniques and possibly throw in a few pieces of maker wisdom in between. Some of the techniques might be very simple, if not obvious, but the descriptions will be aimed at complete beginners. The techniques presented here are techniques I either picked up somewhere or came up with on my own and decided to be good enough or the best of the techniques I know of to achieve a certain objective related to working with duct tape. Some might take a little practice to pull off, but should certainly be worth learning. You'll never know when they might come in handy.
To summarize, this instructable will be bigger, longer and uncut!...props to those who get the reference ;)
if you just want to check out different wallets, see first (this) and last page!
'twas the year of 2011, I'm a happy owner of a real nice leather wallet, strolling around the neighborhood and when whipping my mighty leather wallet out to pay for something (I can neither confirm nor deny the purchase of surplus doomsday devices) when I notice something about my fine wallet - it was broken! To be precise, the seams on the inside were coming apart due to all the change I always carried around, it basically got destroyed from the inside out.
Drats, and I really liked that wallet, too. Took me ages to find one that suited my needs and really fit my aesthetics.
When I went home I thought about it and remembered you can make your own wallets pretty easily from Duct Tape.
A solution was in sight! I had some tape lying around, but no idea how to make a wallet. I already knew of instructables.com, so I checked and found a bunch of instructables which, combined together, gave birth to my very first Duct Tape wallet, a rather simple, silver one which I have and use to this very day! It's a bit beaten up by now, so I'll be making a replacement someday soon, but that's another story.
Anyway, the thought of making, modifying and adapting all sorts of wallets became pretty likeable. I reached a pretty decent level at making those wallets when someone asked me to make a tutorial for a woven wallet, which I did.
I took hundreds of pictures (I think it was about 500, no joke here), batch-processed them with a HDR tonemapper (I was too lazy to do all of these by hand, so try to overlook any chromatic aberrations and such) and wrote a tutorial. Having become a member on instructables I thought you might like this lengthy instructable as well!
First I wanted to make an acceptable substitute for my broken leather wallet.
Then I wanted to learn a lot of different techniques and explore the possibilities I had for making Duct Tape wallets.
Lastly, I wanted to write an instructable detailing how to make awesome Duct Tape wallets.
This instructable invovles working with scissors and scalpels / exacto knives / cutter knives.
Those tools are sharp, so be careful and watch what you are doing and how you are handling your tools.
Also try to not tape yourself to the wall or ceiling in the process. It's pretty hard to get down on your own.
Since many people might not know between the differences of duct tapes, I thought I'd specify a couple of different types that I have used so far and which tapes to steer clear from. I told you this instructable will be long and this is just the beginning...
Cheap, thin no-name duct tape:
Con: Depending on tape, adhesive might be subpar, melt in summer or similar
Duck® BrandDuck Tape:
Tesa® Extra Power Universal:
Tesa® Extra Power Extreme Outdoor Transparent
Scotch® Tough Duct Tape