Six-Pack Cordage

Similar to the discovery process of the Silverware Figure 4 Deadfall, I had time on my hands to ponder the usefulness of objects in my environment… in this case, a plastic yoke that holds together a six pack of aluminum cans. I studied the maze of connections within the plastic sheet and realized that a person could create a quarter-inch wide strand that could be used as cordage in a pinch. After tracing the longest possible route, I grabbed some sissors and began to separate the web at strategic points and eliminate un-needed parts. I ended up with a strand that was over 3 feet long! I marked a yoke in the adjacent photo to illustrate where to make cuts. However, be advised that the plastic is slippery in nature and can stretch, but it IS usable. The six-pack yoke can also be cut in other ways. If you cut out rows of loops, they can be interwoven at the ends like you would join rubberbands in a series. Another possibility is to cut out individual loops to slide over bundled items. Take time to try this for yourself and have some fun.

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2 thoughts on “Six-Pack Cordage

  1. According to the environmental extremists, the six-pack rings are so deadly to animals that you’ll never go hungry if you carry a few with you. In case of emergency, toss into the nearest lake, stream, bog, tall grass, etc., and in seconds the local wildlife will be strangling to death in your improvised traps. Your cutting idea might be useful for enlarging the loops so that you can catch bigger game like deer, coyotes, or young children (although these should be freed in all but the most extreme circumstances if accidentally captured).

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