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Pop Can Tab Curtain
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Posted on Tue Mar 03, 2015 5:00 pm
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Hi, I hope someone can help me. I want to make a pop can tab curtain and connect the tabs with Stainless steel jump rings and some beads. Does anyone happen to know what size of stainless steel jump ring I should purchase to connect the pop can tabs? I do apologize for the question. Have never been able to understand the Aspect Ratio. Thanks so much for your time and knowledge. Cynthia

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Posted on Tue Mar 03, 2015 5:55 pm
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I've never mailed pop can tab, but here comes my two cents.

For pop can tab, I don't think the aspect ratio would be very relevant.
It would be more about inner diameter.

The first question is: which weave are use using?
European 4 in 1 ?
Japanese 4 in 1?
... ?

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Posted on Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:45 am
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Thanks for the response, have not thought of a design yet.

I would most likely use European 4 in 1. My window size is small. It is 57" long and 9½" wide.

I have a small spring loaded little curtain rod in the window that I am using. I need an inner diameter stainless steel jump ring to connect the pop can tabs to each other. A pop can tab is about 1" long with two holes on it and a small piece of aluminum that is between each hole. One side is smooth and the other side is rough. I need to seriously come up with a design. I just know I will need a lot of stainless steel jump rings. Instead of bothering the individuals in M.A.I.L. I should just take a couple of pop can tabs to a beading store and have them help me figure out what size jump ring I need.

I greatly appreciate your time and knowledge, Cynthia

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Posted on Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:52 am
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16 gauge 1/4" is fairly common for this kind of project.

There are a few other threads dealing with pop tab chainmail
as well as various tutorials on YouTube or theringlord.com/forum

The search button in the upper right should help, there are a few different ways to use pop tabs that may alter your design.


Using aluminum rings may cut weight/cost a little.
It likely will be more dificult finding beads that will fit the jumprings.

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Posted on Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:35 am
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Losthelm, thank you very much for the information, it is greatly appreciated. I will go searching. Cynthia

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Posted on Fri Mar 06, 2015 8:30 pm
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cinderbox1 - Here is a link to all the different pop-tab creations in our gallery. Many of them give the ring sizes that they used and some helpful construction ideas. Hopefully this will give you some good starting information.


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Posted on Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:40 pm
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MusicMan, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Extremely helpful, I will start learning. I appreciate your help and knowledge. Take care and be safe. Cynthia

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