Duct Tape Still Life

You can do a lot with Duct Tape  and now it comes in an array of colors and prints.  And if you are interested in the history and how it was used in WW2 to seal ammo boxes you can click here.  This assortment is not your grandfather’s Duct Tape!

My friend’s daughter Wylie makes Duct Tape wallets and hair bows and all kinds of interesting accessories with this stuff. I saw her rolls of tape all set up, ready to be turned into various creative forms and although it was dark, a bit of light reflected on the pyramid and caught my eye.  She is really good at making brightly colored wallets and has a few customers who order her wares.  Another time I will show her at work. With the start of the new school year we did not get the opportunity for a photo shoot of her at work making duct tape crafts yet.

A lot of the patterned and multi-color tape  is branded Duck Tape but whatever it’s named, most households have a roll of it somewhere in a junk drawer or tool box or garage, waiting to be put into action.

Granddaughter Anna and I made a few Duct Tape wallets and it was sticky business to start but we mastered handling the tape and were pleased with the results.  There are tons of DIY videos out there and lots of written instructions on the web to help.  Getting used to handling it is tricky and not letting it stick to itself and get messed up is key!

Wikipedia says-

“Duct tape is commonly used in situations that require a strong, flexible, and very sticky tape. Some have a long-lasting adhesive and resistance to weathering.”


11 thoughts on “Duct Tape Still Life

  1. I was so amazed at the range of colours and patterns of Duct Tape, available in the USA. We just get the plain old silver or brown here. I couldn’t imagine what the brightly coloured ones would be used for, but reading your post, now I know. 🙂

  2. What a coincidence, my friend Monica’s daughter makes duct tape decorated clothes! Quite clever.

  3. Piece of trivia I heard while on vacation 3 years ago: Wal Mart sells a lot of duct tap and the Wal Mart in Wasilla, Alaska (population about 7,500 ) has the distinction of selling the most duct tape per year in the entire world.

  4. I really like this photo. I had no idea that duct tape came in so many colors and designs. It brought back an old memory. In 1998, I had a friend – a scientist – who worked for the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. This friend was involved in a study of the best method for sealing ducts. The final result of the detailed study was funny, and it sounded like a headline from “The Onion.” The final result was that duct tape may be great for a thousand different uses, but it was not a good product to use for sealing ducts. This result of this study was so inadvertently funny that it was featured on CNN, “Good Morning, America” and other national news programs. Here’s a link to the study: http://www.lbl.gov/Science-Articles/Archive/duct-tape-HVAC.html

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