Duct tape was originally created to be used as a tape to seal duct work in ceilings. Its flexibility and durability make it a perfect tape for duct work. Oddly enough, today, duct tape is no longer recommended for use in duct work. Duct tape has been tested to show it burns violently, produces toxic smoke, and the adhesive may have a shorter than expected lifespan. But it was discovered that duct tape was better used for pretty much every thing else.
Duct tape was used to seal ammunition boxes, fix rotor blades during the Vietnam War, and make quick fixes on the original space capsules.
Not to be confused with Duck Tape. Duck Tape with a "k" is a brand name of duct tape. Duct tape is make by many different companies and can be bought at the local hardware store, mega-mart (Target), and big box home improvement store.
What can duct tape be used for? I propose that we use duct tape as alternative fabric.
Some may go to extremes to make a duct tape prom dress, yes it is possible: http://duckbrand.com/Promotions/stuck-at-prom.aspx
But for the every day user, like myself, duct tape is handy for quick fixes. In my younger years, duct tape was this cool sticky stuff that I used to make an mp3 carrier, wallet, and even book covers.
Step 1: Picking the Right Duct Tape
Duct tape comes in many different colors and versions. Don't let duct tape fool you, the plain silver/gray color is not the only color of duct tape on the shelves. Neon pink, green, and leopard print are now available at the stores.
Try your local Home Depot or other home improvement store. I managed to snap a picture before one of the employees told me to stop taking pictures.
I found the duct tape section at this Home Depot rather sad and depressing. My choices were standard or heavy duty. Standard is fine for today's project. Because the tape will be layered on top of each other, there is no need to buy the heavy duty version.
I recommend practicing with plain, gray duct tape first. It is much cheaper than colored duct tape. Because duct tape is hard to remove cleanly once it has been stuck to something, practice with the cheap stuff first.