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Step 1: Watch the Video!
Step 2: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Have Fun Doing It!
Whether you're going for bling, swagger, or just looking for a different way to decorate, you might be surprised at what you can do with the tabs from your soda cans.
I tried making custom picture frames, belts, wristbands, and wallet chains. What would you make?
Step 3: The First Chain-link
Now let's get started by breaking off the rivet mounts for each of the tabs we want to use, then stack five of them together so they're all aligned.
This will be the first link in our chain, and you can see I turned the smooth shiny surfaces so they're facing outward.
Step 4: The Second Link
Now all you have to do is push the hook through the thicker end of our chain link, and bend the metal back to close the gap. It's as easy as that.
Just repeat the process again until you've got 5 tabs secured in place, and double check the sides to make sure they're smooth.
Step 5: Make It Grow!
Step 6: What I Made
I made a cool metallic wrist band, and because it linked back on itself, it was completely seamless.
Now because our chain is aluminum, it's amazingly lightweight, but still strong enough to replace my belt. How's that for swagger?
If you're feeling especially adventurous, try closing your chain off with a padlock and throwing it around your neck.
I ended up using mine as a picture frame, and I bet you could use the same idea for framing a license plate as well.
Step 7: Colored Tabs
They can add a lot of variety to pump up your style.
Well now you know how to engineer these common soda tabs, into lightweight metallic chains. Now what they're used for is completely up to you.
That's it for now. If you liked this project, perhaps you'll like some of my others. Check them out at www.thekingofrandom.com