Stay Tab Bending Pliers Jaw Insert

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Stay Tab Bending Pliers Jaw Insert by seanmichaelragan Oct 2, 2012

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I have this trick of making chain mail with soda can tabs. The mail looks best if all the tabs are bent to exactly the same angle, which is very hard to do without a jig. So I printed this custom insert for a commercial pair of jeweler's forming pliers, which indexes and bends a single tab exactly the same way each time.


Print on FFF platform of your choice. It fits in place of the factory nylon jaw in Rio Grande's Forming Pliers with One Nylon Jaw (catalog #111605) using two small (#3?) wood screws through factory mounting holes in underside of jaw.


For more info on the stay-tab chainmail technique, see


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Amazing! I've been using a staple remover to bend the tabs, This will be so much easier and faster! Too bad I have to wait until Feb. to get my 3D printer. Thanks for the awesome idea/3D model! You Rock.

Thanks man. =)

Nice. Nice tutorial, too.
I hope they wont change the design on the tap opener on you too soon.


NICE, i have this same trick when i make soda maille, good tool addition for sure.


What drinks have the different color tabs? 

 Krylon, Rustoleum, etc. :)

Actually, those aren't painted.  Red Bull sugar free, for instance, has a light-blue anodized tab, and if you start to look around, you can find factory-anodized tabs all across the spectrum.  And there are folks on eBay and Etsy who collect them and sell them to crafters, which is where I got mine.