Can Tab Chain Body Armour

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Introduction: Can Tab Chain Body Armour

grade 2 aluminum can tab armour.
Strong and easy to make, but takes a while to make.

Step 1: Materials

for this you will need

- a lot of copper wiring

- needle nose pliers

- wire cutters (unless the pliers come with wire cutters)

- and a couple hundred can tabs

Step 2: Stringing the Tab Chains Together

cut a little wire and have two tabs ready. Make a u with the wire and slide it into one end of one tab. Make sure that you do both holes, and that it is the same kind of hole.

Step 3: Bonus

i took apart a vacuum cleaner to get the copper wiring and theese metal squares you can see in the finished product. Mine is a plate chain hybrid. But other things you can do are make capes, gloves, whatever. (I'm still working on the gloves.)

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Ok, 2 Points to make here.
          1: This takes waaaaay too long! Im having a hard time gitting all the tabs, and not to mention being bored outta my mind wile weaving.
           2: Has anyone ever thought of smashing cans into a flat plate like thing, and hooking them together with Duct tape? I think its worth looking into...  :D

smashing them and then holding them with duct tape? if i'm thinking what what your saying, it probably won't work well. But i don't know. If you could post a picture of a sample of your idea maybe?

Smash a can flat Long wise, so its not just a flat circle. Put a few strips of ductape on it so it covers both sides and cover your whole body with it. then u will see what it is, and how well it works! THANKS

that would be really cool if u put da colored side so people can see it.

its possible to do it with out the need for duct tape, however is time consuming

and requires a good heat source (about half way to melting aluminum).

however if u just want to smash and use duct tape to hold, smash cans into

the desired shape, get duct tape and fold unto itself and attatch to cans and to

clothing. i have done this before though not with a full body project. (got side

tracked and started something else, lol) remember DO NOT make a helmet this way. it will hurt upon removal

this is how big I make my rings compared to a dime

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Links that small... are you a madman? (LOL)  My first chainmaill project I used rings that size... to make a hauberk.  After six months I vowed "never again".  To be honest i still use links that size, but only when making jewelery or making Japanese weaves.

those are pretty good.

I used my camera phone to take the picture. I need to get a real camera so I can show you guys what the coloration of the two different types of ring are like. The coat hangers I put through an electric wire brush thats on my stationary grinder, then I hand crank the coils because the metal is so thick. I tried using a drill on the coat hanger and it didn't go over too well. I then slide the coils on a peace of rod after bending the ends tight so they are tight fitting on the rod and then proceed to cut them with my dremel tool very slowly about half way through. I cut them half way through and then bend them off the could snapping them right off of there and making a very nice butted together ring.

I meant to say bend them off the coil snapping them right off