How to Use Soda Can Tabs in Tabistry to Make a Necklace

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Tabistry is a recently coined name for the art of using soda can tabs to create larger items. Often people use soda can tabs to create pieces of clothing or jewelry. These projects are a synergistic accompaniment to aluminum can crafts. No longer do you have to use the can and throw out the little tab, or worse yet try to recycle pop can tabs for their measly less-than-a-penny worth. Creating a simple choker necklace is a good, basic tabistry project for a beginner.

Things You'll Need

  • Ribbon or cord
  • Soda can tabs -- as many as you can get
  • Stretch out a strip of ribbon or a cord to get started. Rough hemp can add a masculine touch to a choker while soft, colorful ribbon makes a lovely woman's choker. The measurements will vary based on your own throat; start with a fairly long ribbon first and determine what size works for you.

  • Hold one edge of the ribbon up and place it through one of the tab holes.

  • Bring the ribbon over the middle ridge on the soda can tab and pull it down through the other hole. The smooth side should be facing up.

  • Slide the tab down part of the ribbon. Don't worry about placement too much; you can slide the pop tabs around easily.

  • Hold the edge of the ribbon up and pull it down through the hole of a second pull tab.

  • Pull the ribbon over the middle ridge and up through the second hole.

  • Slide the tab down to the first one. It should sit halfway behind the first pop can tab.

  • Thread another tab like you did the first one and slide it down so that it sits on top of the other half of the second tab.

  • Repeat the process until the soda can tabs are long enough to circle your throat like a choker necklace.

  • To lock your choker necklace in place, pull the edge of the ribbon up and place it next to the last hole of the tab on its side.

  • Pull the ribbon through the last hole so that it loops over the edge of the soda can tab.

  • Pull tightly.

  • Cut the ribbon long enough that you can make a bow or knot at the back of your neck.

  • Show off your foray into tabistry and your work with soda can tabs.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider filing the sharp edge of the tab for the best fit and safety to your skin.
  • If you don't file the sharp edge, don't fit the choker too tightly or you will risk cutting yourself.
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