Hello, I’m just some guy who’s been doing this since about 2006 (god nearing a decade now). This all started as a sophomore in high school when a friend started making his own chainmail from rings he’d bought. Now I has always loved chainmail, but I wasn’t allowed a part time job (had to focus on studies) so I had to engineer my own rings.
Enter Tabs, I had a bunch of them, and they were always easy to get more. Now I started off trying everything I could to get an actual suit. I did eventually start being able to buy rings, and making a bunch of diverse patterns/weaves. I don’t claim to be the first to do this – but every single one of my weaves was made on my own with often months of testing/shifting and working to develop.
What I have done though is make chain and chainmail (that can actually be worn for long amounts of time) completely out of tabs. I also (now that I’ve really tried and look) have the most extensive set of weaves/styles, and I provide instructions online for all my styles both here and my Instructables page.
I’m a software developer by day (and like 17 others things by night I guess), but testing the limits of these tabs and what I can do with them continues to fascinate me, and of course making cool armor (and remaking, and remaking) will likely keep me busy for years.
About the tabs though – Every tab I have has either been personally collected by either myself, family, friends, or random people who see the armor. Colored tabs come from various beer/soda/energy drinks. It doesn’t stop with tabs though as my weapons contain cut cans, bottles, bottle tops – and I’ve been working with plate and scale mail – all coming from cans!
I’m currently in redesign of the armor (more on this in History), but I really have no intention of stopping. I’ve sold my things before, but I don’t have (nor plan on) setting up a shop. Feel free to contact me with a commission though, but if you like simply pop over to the Weaves page and start working on your own.