Soda Tab Chain Necklace

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Introduction: Soda Tab Chain Necklace

First of all I would like to credit krazy glu with the whole concept. This is how to make a necklace with soda tabs.

Materials

Loads of soda tabs(100+ probably)
A large safety pin
Multitool


Step 1: Start Collecting

You're going to need ALOT of soda tabs. I used 94 tabs, but my neck is really small so you should probably get as many as possible. I would say 100+.

Step 2: Cut N' Bend

Now you're going to need to cut the soda tabs so you can put them together. So take your multitool and select your pliers. I think the best place to cut is the little crease in the tab. Refer to the first picture for futher explaination on the crease.

Cut 4 tabs on the same side then bend each one. Try to bend the same amount for each one.

Step 3: Connect N' Bend

Now take 8 cut tabs and seperate them into two piles of 4. Slip one set of 4 into the uncut part of the other set. Refer to the picture for futher explaination.

Now bend the cut part back on the set you put through the hole.

Step 4: Make the Clasp

Add links to the chain until it will fit comfortably around your neck.

Now take your safety pin and your multitool, and cut the pointy part off of your safety pin so that you don't accidently stab yourself while putting on the necklace.

Put the safety pin through the hole at one end of the chain and put the other part through the other end.

Step 5: AND BAM!

Now you have an awesome necklace. Now go out and have strangers ask you about it.

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    very nice. i would alternate the cuts to add more strength (one cut on the left and one on the right).

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    mine's this..actually a different way of making it :) just drop by to share~ but i will be definately going to make one like d above ..thanks for d idea :)

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    well they wont rust if u don't put them in water for a long period of time and do it more then once!! 

    Your comment leaves me perplexed.
    Since aluminium cans contain water or similar liquids, you can deduce that aluminum does not rust.

    well aluminum doesn't oxidize or if it does it takes alot longer than steel, so no they wont rust

    yeah, thats why they make pop cans from aluminium. because they dont rust with pop inside of them. :)

    Aluminum is chemically inert to natural substances. So soaking it in water for a few years, or leaving it outside in the sun will not cause any chemical or physical change to aluminum.

    A safety pin clasp? *gasp. I would use something more along the lines of a paper clip. Less "grabby", if you know what I mean.

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    A key-ring or lobster clasp works well too.

    Oh that's a lot of soda tabs. I might do this just with two tabs instead of four. Lovely idea all the same!

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    Well, two tabs might not be too strong, but since this is a piece of jewelry, I say go for it.

    not to be "smart" or anything but you have exactally 128 pop tops and 1 safty pin :)

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    He has 92 stay-on-tabs and one safety pin.

    Great job counting!

    I found many pull-tabs by checking the tops of canned foods. This included cat and dog food cans. But they're all different sizes. I usually drink bottles, and the amount of pop I consume is relatively low.

    nice instructable heres a pic of mine (mines a bracelet)

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    The dificulty is collecting the tabs, I knew someone who spent ages collecting and she finally had enough for her project :) I bet you can buy the tabs on their own, though.

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    Having read a couple of instructables on making chain mail out of pop tabs I started saving them too. I am not much of a beverage drinker so I soon saw I would die of old age before having enough. On my short drive to work I noticed a number of discarded aluminum cans along the road. Thankfully it wasn't long before I realized that most of those cans probably had pop tabs. They did. I got a wal mart sack and went out to gather pop tabs. I walked along the road and when I spotted a can I'd pick it up, take the tab off and put the can in my walmart sack. At the end of roughly 45 minutes I had a bulging walmart sack of aluminum cans and roughly 4 times more pop tabs than I'd been able to collect in months. From this I got excercise, cleaned up the roadside and got the pop tabs I was looking for. I suppose if I wanted to I could save enough of the cans to cash them in at a recycler's. Since we have a community recycling center I just donated the cans to them. Its a bit hot now to go out gathering but as soon as it cools off a bit I will be getting more pop tabs.