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Soda Tab Armor by rileysun20 Soda Tab Armor by rileysun20
This is a piece of soda tab chainmail armor left over from my friend's Aragorn-inspired costume.

Yeah I'm just kind of showing off. :P Because it looks really awesome and complicated, but it's not. It also makes a great metallic jingle when it moves!

I doubt it would provide any kind of real protection, but for costuming on a budget you can't beat it. The chainmail is labor intensive, but no more than a medium difficulty knitting project of the same size.


Tutorial can be found here: [link] Thanks to whoever posted it!

Comments and questions are welcome!
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:icontimmcosplay:
TimmCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
That looks really cool!
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rileysun20 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thank you! :)
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TimmCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Does it take too long to make? And did you buy all the tabs in bulk or did you just have them lying around? XD
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rileysun20 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
It really doesn't take longer than knitting or crocheting. The longest part is collecting all the tabs.

I begged garbage sacks full of cans off of all my grandparents to get my tabs. And my friends all know to pop their tabs off, so I end up getting plastic baggies of tabs. XD

Probably easier and better to buy the tabs in bulk. That way you know they're clean and no time spent popping them off the cans. But, if you go collect cans, you can sell the metal & then the tabs don't cost you anything. Haha so whatever works for you!
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TimmCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh I see, cool. I hope you don't mind me asking all these questions, but approximately what area of maille did you make with how many tabs?
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rileysun20 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
No problem at all! I'm happy to help. :D

I made a piece of maille 2 inches wide by 2 inches long with ten tabs.
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TimmCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Okay, thanks! That's useful information. I've never knitted, but looking at this photo, the technique seems fairly simple.
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rileysun20 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Yep. I'd advise laying down a foundation chain as wide as you want the piece to be, then working downward. It's harder to clip them together at the sides than at the ends. Good luck! :)
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional
so very cool
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rileysun20 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thanks. :D
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