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Arts and Crafts

Friday, April 10, 2009

Duct Tape Art - History, Materials And Supplies

Duct tape was first created and manufactured approximately around 1942. Initially, it got known under the name Duck Tape, because it was waterproof. At first it was used by the military, to tape up the ammunition cases, in order to keep moisture out.

The personnel found out pretty quick, that the tape was extremely useful for all kinds of repairs. Guns, jeeps and even air crafts were held together with it.

After the war, the many applications of the tape came in handy in the housing industry. Heating and air conditioning duct-work, was being connected with it, hence the name Duct Tape. To blend in more with the color of the duct work, the tape's color was changed from army green to silver.

There are at least eight companies in the United States and Canada that manufacture duct tape. It can be bought in many different colors, like red, yellow, green, blue, brown, and black. It can also be found in the fluorescent colors orange, green, yellow, and pink.

For the outdoors, a special camouflage design called 'Camo Tape' is also available.

Duct tape can be found in almost any hardware store and even the craft stores offer a wide choice in colors, these days.

If you like to get started crafting with this sticky material, many videos and books on the how and what can be found online. There are even several websites, where you can post a picture of your art.

It sure is a form of art, one can get stuck on! :-)

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