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Step 4: Bend

The tabs will need to be bent slightly so they will lay together properly. This is where the staple remover comes it. Turns out it gives it just the right amount of bend. Put the tab in cut side first and close the tool down so that one side holds the cuts and the "bridge" is over the metal edge on the other side. Press with your finger and, bam! you're done.
 
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GDfense265 years ago
are there any other methods that will bend them just as consistantly without using a staple remover?
I've been using a normal pair of Needle nose pliers.
It's worth a shot.. When I've been making standard ring maille, I use a pair of 'Duck-Bill' long-reach pliers from Sears.. (Item# 00945087000 | Model# 45087 ).. they have a wider width jaw than needle-nose pliers, about 5/16" width.. they might be about the right width to grab each tab, and use the other (or even a pair of lineman's pliers) to make the bend. I will say, from someone who's made chain maille for close to 28 years, I am impressed by this! Yes, it would take a L-O-N-G time to make an entire suit of these.. the present suit I wear to ren faires, is 14-guage FyShock aluminum electric fence wire. (well past 4000 rings!) it takes lots of patience, and persistence to complete.
Ok, but it takes FOREVER to put in precisely
tdown470005 years ago

OM NOM NOM NOM =)
the bending helps in keeping them together. if they're straight then the tabs will start stacking and getting higher and higher instead of layering
skimmo5 years ago
how do you make the bends all the same angle?
kgarthai5 years ago
What does the bend do? I've been doing this exact same thing, but I haven't been bending my can tabs. Does it make the finished product more flexible?
personally I think it is to make the finished product more realistic.