Ok, no pics, but I couldn't wait. I sprayed a link with a light coat of plasti-dip, turned on the fan and waited 30 minutes...
With a rubberized link, (button uncoated) it was awesome!
The coating eventually rubbed off, but I'll clean one up with some sandpaper and try again with a heavier coating. I couldn't make it fail pulling either perpendicular to the fabric, or along the length, unless I pulled against the opening on the link.
Nice Idea! I don't think my kids will miss a few links. You saved me $12 in clips and shipping! Thanks!