So, I've seen some knitting techniques that turn pop tops from soda cans into a nice material type substance for wardrobe accessories. I've also seen a chair someone made out of those same pop tops but with zip ties holding them together instead of the knitting yarn used in fashion items. Can you help me combine the two to make an amazing and unique chair? Specifically I need ideas for what type of wire/material to use for the joining of the poptabs but any help is welcome.
I saw this
chair a few months ago and immedieately wanted to make one. But not with zip ties. If you look close, you can see that's what ties that chair in the link together. Zip ties. A ton of them which gives the chair a non-uniform look from the front and a hairy-bull look from the back.
I found some videos and guides on how folks are making fashion accessories with pop tops and the method looks doable and cleancut. See here
for a general idea of what I'm speaking of. Chaining. I think that's what it's called. If not, feel free to recommend some other technique or knit/crochet. I'm all ears. Regardless, I think it could work great for the chair.
I've been collecting pop tops from friends and family ever since and I have a fair bit of them now, more than enough to begin crafting *something* out of them, even just a trial swatch or two but I need ideas on what type of wire or thread or yarn or what to use to connect them.
What I want out of the chair, in order of descending importance:
- Weatherproof and long lasting. If I'm going to put the amount of effort I think it will take to knit this sucker I want it to last.
- Sturdy enough to hold a human's weight. This is going to be a functional piece.
- Appealing and consistent look. The wife holds no truck with unpleasant or imbalanced things. Obviously I need to be able to manipulate the wire or I'm dead in the water already.
- Cost effective. Hopefully this isn't an issue but I don't know what stainless steel, for example as I have no idea what to use, wire of the proper size/gauge might cost.
So, that's it. The main focus of the question is on the wire. What kind? Why? Where to buy? How much to buy? How expensive? Or should I use something other than wire (and it still last a *long* time)? If so, what? Why? Etc...
I'll also take any input on other aspects of the chair, be it what sort of frame to make or mount it to, how to secure it, and any coatings/actions I could or should take to preserve it.
Anyway, thanks for the help. Random question I know, but you folks never fail to deliver with good tips/ideas.