Introduction: Miniature Grappling Hooks

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I will explain how to make small grapple hooks out of soda can tabs. Good for miniature modeling, fishing, trapping, or whatever you can think of.

Step 1: Materials

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Here are all the things you will need:
-Can of soda/pop
-wire cutters
-thread or string (Fishing line is probably best)
-Army guys (to keep you company)

Step 2: Step 1

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Open can, drink soda, and remove tab.

Step 3: Step 2

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Take your wire cutters and cut both ends of the can tab, away from the center connector. Make sure your cuts are as clean as possible, otherwise, your string will snag and fray. If you're a perfectionist like me, you might want to use a file to grind down unwanted edges.

Step 4: Step 3

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Now you are going to take each halve in the thumb and forefinger of each hand and twist it 90 degrees. You've now created your hook, all that's left is to attach it to a string.

Step 5: Enjoy!

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These are great for modeling (such as Warhammer). If you wish, you can use a file to sharpen the edges, creating a more realistic (and effective) hook. If you are in a Bear Grylls-type survival situation, these can be used to catch fish, lay a trap, and stabilize a shelter.

Note: These hooks catch easily.


zero0928 (author)2007-07-08

Simple finnaly sumthing to o with my tab collection i have over 10000 tabs!

ezarate (author)zero09282011-08-27

why not make chainmail?

corey_caffeine (author)zero09282009-05-15

oh my god thats OVER 9000!

Lance Mt. (author)corey_caffeine2009-08-07

OVER 9000!

Lance Mt. (author)Lance Mt.2009-08-07

OVER 9000!

Lance Mt. (author)Lance Mt.2009-08-07

OVER 9000!

Lance Mt. (author)Lance Mt.2009-08-07

OVER 9000!!!!

I could go on.. But for the love (and especially hate) of trolling, i wont

corey_caffeine (author)Lance Mt.2009-08-07

love and hate? get thineself to four chan

xwx (author)zero09282009-04-30

howdja count em all?

ghicken (author)xwx2009-07-09

Just weigh one and then weigh the whole bag and divide

bowmaster (author)zero09282008-08-31

Do you have any left?

brutalme19 (author)zero09282008-01-26

Bring those to your local hosptial, they recycle them into wheelchairs.

CrashANBurn (author)zero09282007-07-22

Why do you have 10000 tabs

ninjasamurai (author)2011-08-27

sorry about the other stuff it was suppost to be a smily face

ninjasamurai (author)2011-08-27

unfortunately i dont have any army men @ @

foghat (author)2008-03-29

man vs. wild has to have his camera crew with him survivor man is all alone and is way better

goku ssXXX (author)foghat2011-07-24

lets see survivor man hang on a rope above i giant river in Antarctica (i think) without freaking out. yeah, the camera crew did it too, so even their harder than him.

Dranwolf (author)foghat2010-07-21

i also agree with you

mrpoe (author)2008-03-10

the english survivor man is fake the american guy isnt

ThanksDolph (author)mrpoe2008-03-10

He is Canadian and awesome.

Dranwolf (author)ThanksDolph2010-07-21

and you as well

tallfuzzyone (author)2008-12-16

if bear Grylls was in a survival situation he would just turn around and get a kit-kat out of the car behind him. Les Stroud FTW!!!!!

Dranwolf (author)tallfuzzyone2010-07-21

I agree with you 100%

Bright Shadow (author)2007-09-01

is ti really necisarry to use pliers to get the tab off?

No, I don't even use the pliers. I couldn't find my wire cutters, so I used the pincers on the bottom of the pliers.

ok just curious....

CapnTac (author)Bright Shadow2008-07-22

I just rip them off.

BobCat (author)2008-01-24

Don't drink soda over the nice rug! ;)

insanityprojects (author)BobCat2008-01-29

yea, I should have thought that through... and used a fancy coaster.

X_D_3_M_1 (author)2007-12-01

awesome! i made a convoy out of a rc car and small wagon

BuffaloNickel (author)2007-09-27

dude this is awesome! i showed it 2 mi frend and he coudn't belive it worked!

ac1D (author)2007-07-08

cool! i get something to do of these 200 plastic army men i got 10 years ago!lol!

insanityprojects (author)ac1D2007-09-05

Then you'll love my next instructable. Similarly cheap and easy parachutes. I've made them for ages, but just realized they aren't on here.

Wareagle (author)2007-07-28

i am depressed. i just found out bear grylls is a fake

lukeair45 (author)Wareagle2007-08-02

There is a show that comes on the same channel called Survivor Man...It is not fake.It is cool.

Are you talking about the "behind-the-scenes" survival expert they have for the shows?

yea the guy from the show "man vs. wild" or "born survuvor" for all you british out there

Wareagle (author)2007-07-12

it's bear grylls not "gryllis". but otherwise good idea!

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