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I recently have started to crochet again, but I am just a beginner so I am trying to make easy patterns.
The great thing about crochet is that easy doesn't necessarily mean obvious...you can make very nice things using basic crochet stitches!

I first made this bracelet using simple cotton but after I read about the Vintage Contest, I decided to "destroy" an old VHS cassette and see what I could do with it! :D

So, here is my crocheted bracelet made with VHS tape! :)
 
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Step 1: What you need

List of stitches used for this bracelet:
  • chain stitch
  • slip stitch
  • single crochet - sc
  • half double crochet - hdc
  • double crochet - dc

Step 2:

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The first thing you have to do is opening a VHS cassette:
using your screwdriver, remove all 5 screws in the back of the cassette and open it.

All you have to do is removing the 2 white "wheels" that contain the black tape and putting the rest of the cassette aside.

Step 3:

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You'll see that the beggining of the tape is transparent.
We don't need that part so you can either cut it or separate the 2 parts like I did (see the pictures).

Right now your tape is too large to crochet so gently stretch it with your fingers to harden it and create a thinner cord.
Work on small sections at a time for a better result.

Do this for your whole tape...or at least, enough tape to make a bracelet! :D

Step 4: Let's crochet!

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Now that you have your cord ready, it's time to crochet your bracelet!

Start making a slipknot.
Chain 7 and slip stitch in the slipknot.

Chain 1 and turn.
Make a sc, a hdc, 7 dc, a hdc, a sc and slip stitch in the slipknot.

This is your first scallop!
Kathmandu3652 months ago

Old magnetic tape is a polymer plastic with layers of metals on it. When these toxic metals shed "black dust" skin absorption or inhalation is possible.The layers of metals that create 'black or brown dust" contain cobalt, chromium, and iron and all can be toxic. Your work is beautiful, but safety first.

EL31 year ago
Isn't the tape toxic?
lindarose92 (author)  EL31 year ago
Honestly I don't know, I have seen people using it for many different things...I will check!
Really clever idea and good looking too!
lindarose92 (author)  joppenheimer1 year ago
Thank you so much! :)
pmahi2 years ago
nice bracelet.
lindarose92 (author)  pmahi2 years ago
I'm glad you like it :)
ctx19852 years ago
That's such a cool idea! I never would have thought of that in a million years! And I have almost a million VHS tapes haha
lindarose92 (author)  ctx19852 years ago
Thank you so much!! I wanted to try this with cassette tapes too but I couldn't open them! :D
sabu.dawdy2 years ago
welcome rose
awesome! please add it to the Green Design Contest... this is a great way to recycle something unused and very polluting!
lindarose92 (author)  andrea biffi2 years ago
I wanted to but I have already entered it to 3 contests and that's the limit! Between the Epilog Challence and the Green Design Contest I chose the first one...guess why...!! :D
Wow :). Thanks for sharing your awesomeness Linda :).
lindarose92 (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya2 years ago
Thank You so much Tarun!! :)
Bobey2 years ago
Would you please look at my instructables I am so nice to other people's instructables but all I get is bad comments
lindarose92 (author)  Bobey2 years ago
That's weird, people are always so nice here...I am going to take a look :)
Bobey2 years ago
Who would think of making it out of VHS tape that is awesome:-)
lindarose92 (author)  Bobey2 years ago
I am glad you like it! :)
sabu.dawdy2 years ago
i loved your idea :)
lindarose92 (author)  sabu.dawdy2 years ago
Thank you so much :)
Such a cool bracelet! great work Linda!
M.C. Langer2 years ago
I love it!!! Absolutely fantastic work!
lindarose92 (author)  M.C. Langer2 years ago
Thank you Mario!! You are always so kind! :)
You're welcome Linda! :-)
That's very cool! I didn't know that stuff would harden up if you stretched it!
lindarose92 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Yes, it's a very cool material! But make sure that you don't stretch it too much otherwise it breaks...and yes, that happened to me twice :D