What Is Duct Tape?
Duct tape is a pressure sensitive fabric tape that is usually sealed with polyethylene, thus causing it to be water-resistant. Its most common form is in traditional gray, but has also been used in black and military green since its inception. This strong fabric based material is designed to stick and not be removed. Anyone that has ever tried to remove duct tape will know that it does not remove cleanly.
Originally invented in 1920, duct tape has been around since before World War II. It was, however, manufactured commercially because of the military’s many needs. It went into production in 1942 during World War II. It was first used for its water-resistant qualities as a sealant for ammunition cases. Because it not only resists water, but also oil and grease (thus the term “duck” tape), it has had a long list of uses associated with the military. These include gun tape, repairs to military jeeps and aircrafts, and has even been said to have been used to repair helicopter rotor blades in the Vietnam War.
After the war the housing industry was booming and this tape began to be heavily used to connect the heating/cooling ducts together. Therefore, the original military green was changed to gray/silver to match the duct work and the term “duct tape” became its common name.
Duct Tape Today
Although duct tape is no longer used to connect duct work due to the fact that after years of use it will become brittle, the name stuck. Now, this highly versatile tape has more uses than anyone ever dreamed of at its inception. When it went public people began to use it to repair everything from automobile seats and furniture legs to children’s toys and book bindings. The repair uses never seem to end. As if utilizing this stuff for repairs isn’t enough in recent years Duct Tape Crafts have become huge.
Duct tape crafts started out being a nifty decorating project to occupy little kids and has evolved into a huge pastime that both children and adults, boys and girls, take part in to express their limitless imagination and product awesome, unique products that most of us would have never thought could be produced using duct tape.
The manufacturers of duct tape have become very happy to have consumers find new uses for their tape. Thus producers have accommodated the artistic abilities of duct tape crafters by produces an ever growing variety of colors and patterns.
Today, this wonderfully colorful and useful tape is used for everything from decorating already existing articles like pencils, binders and even furniture to creating wallets, flower and purses. The number of creations that you can produce is only limited by your imagination and the amount of duct tape you have on hand.
THE DUCT TAPE CRAFTS CHALLENGE!
Thus, I dare every person reading this to challenge your own imagination and abilities!
See what duct tape crafts you can make and then add your own special touches to it. Start out with that dull gray tape that probably have in your junk drawer. Once you try it you’ll be hooked and you will have to try all those beautiful colors that are available. I know my entire family loves it!
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