My never ending efforts to recycle lead me to some fun discoveries, like the Alex Pop Tab Jewelry Kit below. I like the neat jewelry and clothing that folks are creating with Aluminun soda can tabs. I even tried my own efforts and designing something wearable with soda can tabs and created the soda tab choker below:
Alex Pop Tab Jewelry Kit craft kit. I took that knowledge and created my own weaving pattern to make the neckace. This time I used the invisible stretchy jewelry thread to weave the soda tabs together and make it more comfortable to wear. Then I decided to utilize the cool pre-drilled holes on the tabs, so I added some crystals. So where did I learn the weaving basics that helped me to come up with my own pattern.
Well, the nice folks at Alex Crafts sent me the above "Pop Tab Jewelry" kit which is created for kids seven and above (and marketed as a kids craft). I have to say that it would appeal to anyone who wanted a good starting point in learning a fun craft using recycled materials like soda can tabs.
This kit provides you with a good basis from which you can build to make other items. The instructions in this kit are very easy to follow diagrams and the weaving techniques they use in their patterns can be used to make more than just bracelets.
Included in this kit are:
- 46 Aluminum (Pop / Soda) Can Tabs in assorted colors
- 6 gross grain ribbons
- 3 ribbons
- 2 satin cords
- 4 earring hooks
- 19 jewelry findings
- 6 precut shapes
- Easy Instructions with diagrams
|Alex Aluminum Can Tab Selection|
Single Weave Bracelet
A great starting point in working with the pop can tabs is the single weave bracelet. This is a pretty basic weave pattern that is quick to learn and to do. I started by picking out my favorite ribbons from my own stash of ribbons.
Note: The ribbon width should be less than 3/4" in width to work with the soda can tabs.
Then I added the first tab by weaving the ribbon under the first slot for each ribbon.
Pop Tab Earrings
My daughter decided to make the last project, which is a pair of earrings. This was very simple to do and required minimal time and effort. She gathered together the materials. She used jump rings to attach the preprinted and precut shapes to the pop tab. Then attached it to the earring wire.
as well as sources for can tabs for when you catch the creative bug.
I recently attended a convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where there was a booth selling the cool soda tab coat below.
As for the soda tabs, well if you can not save enough from your own beverage consumption, they can be found on Ebay and Amazon.
Leave a comment below, and share what you have made with soda tabs.