Introduction: Miniature Grappling Hooks

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

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

Open can, drink soda, and remove tab.

Step 3: Step 2

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

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!

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.

Comments

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zero0928 made it!(author)2007-07-08

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

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ezarate made it!(author)2011-08-27

why not make chainmail?

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corey_caffeine made it!(author)2009-05-15

oh my god thats OVER 9000!

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Lance+Mt. made it!(author)2009-08-07

OVER 9000!

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Lance+Mt. made it!(author)2009-08-07

OVER 9000!

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Lance+Mt. made it!(author)2009-08-07

OVER 9000!

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Lance+Mt. made it!(author)2009-08-07

OVER 9000!!!!

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

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corey_caffeine made it!(author)2009-08-07

love and hate? get thineself to four chan

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xwx made it!(author)2009-04-30

howdja count em all?

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ghicken made it!(author)2009-07-09

Just weigh one and then weigh the whole bag and divide

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bowmaster made it!(author)2008-08-31

Do you have any left?

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brutalme19 made it!(author)2008-01-26

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

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CrashANBurn made it!(author)2007-07-22

Why do you have 10000 tabs

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ninjasamurai made it!(author)2011-08-27

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

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ninjasamurai made it!(author)2011-08-27

unfortunately i dont have any army men @ @
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foghat made it!(author)2008-03-29

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

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goku+ssXXX made it!(author)2011-07-24

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.

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Dranwolf made it!(author)2010-07-21

i also agree with you

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mrpoe made it!(author)2008-03-10

the english survivor man is fake the american guy isnt

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ThanksDolph made it!(author)2008-03-10

He is Canadian and awesome.

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Dranwolf made it!(author)2010-07-21

and you as well

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tallfuzzyone made it!(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!!!!!

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Dranwolf made it!(author)2010-07-21

I agree with you 100%

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Bright+Shadow made it!(author)2007-09-01

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

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insanityprojects made it!(author)2007-09-05

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.

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Bright+Shadow made it!(author)2007-09-05

ok just curious....

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CapnTac made it!(author)2008-07-22

I just rip them off.

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BobCat made it!(author)2008-01-24

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

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insanityprojects made it!(author)2008-01-29

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

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X_D_3_M_1 made it!(author)2007-12-01

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

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BuffaloNickel made it!(author)2007-09-27

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

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ac1D made it!(author)2007-07-08

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

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insanityprojects made it!(author)2007-09-05

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.

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Wareagle made it!(author)2007-07-28

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

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lukeair45 made it!(author)2007-08-02

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

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insanityprojects made it!(author)2007-07-29

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

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Wareagle made it!(author)2007-07-29

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

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Wareagle made it!(author)2007-07-12

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

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