This came about based on the ChainTab Sheet weaves, basically that I could make chains and if they could come together to form a sheet, could they be rotated to make a rope. Technically if you get crazy enough you can do this as large as you want – and if you find a way to stabilize the endpoints – you could potentially make structures. This uses 16 ga 5/16 AR 5.3 Bright Aluminum Rings I purchase mine from TheRingLord. I chose Bright Aluminum to match properly with the aluminum can tabs.
- Difficulty: 4/5 – Really quite simple, but can be tricky to work with.
- Flexibility: 3/5 – Certainly rigid, but it’d act like most rope of that diameter.
- Tabs per ft: ~272
- 5/16 Rings per ft: ~68
1. First make yourself some 4-ChainTab, you will need 4 chains.
2. Connect with a ring two chains facing the same direction – you could potentially flip, but it may not bend as nicely.
3. Connect the second half of the tab.
4. Continue up the chain.
5. Repeat step 2-4 to make the other half.
6. Now on the alternating tabs not connected by a ring connect the two halves.
7. Continue down the line – while this is seemingly simple you will sort of need to ‘rotate’ the tabs in the chain part so that the ring goes in, and ‘sits’ right. This is hard to really show, and it’s a ‘feel’ kinda thing.
8. Then connect the other side of the halves, and you have your completed chain.