Aluminum can tabs = belly dance “coin” belt

Belly dance costume belt made from aluminum pop tabs.

Belly dance belt: various leather scraps, vintage flower pin, sparkly gems, shoelace webbing trim, and aluminum pop tabs.

You know?…Those thingys that you grab onto, to help you open an aluminum soda/soup can? Whatever you happen to call them in your region — pull tabs, pop tabs, soda can pulls — they can be found in abundance.

Because I spent my childhood in the northeast part of the US, I call them “POP” tabs. You may remember that I previously made a necklace from pop tabs.

These little tabs happen to make a really fantastic sound when clinking and clanking against each other! They don’t cost anything. Even if you’re not a soda drinker, chances are, you can get someone to collect them for you. The aluminum weighs almost nothing, so there’s a lot bang for your buck as far as tinkling noises go.

Over a year ago, I made a chainmail aluminum pop tab belt, to wear as part of my regular dance practice gear. Apologies in advance for the chigger-sized photo:

chainmail belt from aluminum pop tabs

A tiny photo of aluminum chainmail belt.

I made it from four sections of chainmail (and leather) to wear as a stand-alone piece, but I was easily able to disassemble it in order to reuse parts of it for this particular belt assemblage here. The great part is that I can put the original belt back together if I choose to, in the future.

If I get enough requests for it, I’ll post some sketches or a tutorial on how to cut and link the tabs together. As well as how I made the jump rings from electric fence wire. 😉

About jamie

Jamie is an award winning artist who has recently taken a hop, a skip, and a few jumps, and has landed happily in California. She specializes in textile/fabric pieces (art that you wear), but also creates paintings, sculptures, and quilted works of art.
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