2 Free and Easy Wire Projects

Nov 6, 2009
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Rubber tubing called “spline” is one of my favorite hardware store materials. Commonly used to press around a screen door panel, it’s cheap, easy to cut, comes in a few gauges and shades of gray or black, and (most important) is hollow–perfect for threading wire or beading cord through it. I use it often as a cord by threading it with flexible beading wire and crimping clasps at the ends.

But while playing around with 20-gauge craft wire I saw how easily it fit into the spline, and how the spline held different shapes with the heavier wire inside. This hook-and-eye clasp is one of my results. If you can make a wire wrapped loop with a pair of pliers, you’re good to go!
 
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      What You Need:

  • 12”  of 20-gauge copper craft wire
  • 14” rubber tube (hollow spline) 
  • 2 pair round-nose pliers or round-and chain-nose
  • wire snips
  • craft knife to cut spline 
  • ruler

Cut your materials
1: Use the wire snips to cut a 4” piece of the wire for the eye, leaving 8” for the hook.

2: Hold your tube alongside a ruler on a cutting board. Use your craft knife to cut the tube in two pieces, keeping the ends as straight across as possible: 1 piece 2” for the eye, 1 piece 4” for the hook.

Make the eye
3: Thread the 4” piece of wire through the 2” piece of tube so the wire protrudes evenly out both ends. Make a wire wrapped loop on both ends, keeping the wrapped loops snug against the rubber. Bend the wired tube into a simple U shape for the “eye." 

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Make the hook
4:
Thread the 8" piece of wire through the 4" tube, and make wire wrapped loops at each end as in Step 3. Bend this piece into a U shape, (this one will be longer than the first one) then bend the middle over to make a hook shape.

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You can now attach a piece of jewelry in any way you desire—jump rings, crimped wire, linked wrapped loops. Of course, you can make this hook-and-eye without the tube, using 20 or 18 gauge wire for sturdiness. For some great inspiration on ways to try this clasp technique on other designs, the 2009 issue of Easy Wire is a must-have for your library. Enjoy!

Caramel_Swirl_200_braceletFREE Easy Wire project!
The style of my clasp may not be your cup of tea, but you'll find plenty of other styles among the 45 projects in the new issue of Easy Wire–like this gorgeous copper wire and lampwork bead Caramel Swirl Bracelet, for instance. Spiral copper wire in a unique pattern, and pair it with delectable lampwork beads.

Download this free Easy Wire project here!

Have you played with wire in rubber tubing? Tell us about it in our comment boxes below!


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on Nov 6, 2009 7:37 AM
Not yet, have I played in this way, but I am a scuba diver and have alot of rubber O-rings of various sizes & want some clever ideas how to use them. Judy O, Savannah GA
on Nov 6, 2009 8:04 AM
I like this big scale class, It would be interesting designed in a more secure shape to be in the front, maybe a toggle thing? If Judith's scuba O rings are black rubber they may be great with this clasp. I have a friend who has a small plane and gives me copper rings from his spark plug replacement. Think copper and about 24 mm? They need to be cleaned up but are also an interesting "hardware" component.
zafiro80 wrote
on Nov 6, 2009 9:36 AM
The caramel swirl bracelet is stunning. Am so going to have to make that!
Erin@76 wrote
on Nov 6, 2009 9:47 AM
Love this "spline" idea! Now that you have brought it to my attention, I can't wait to buy some and see what I can come up with. I like using industrial and unexpected materials like this. I'm loving a box of copper washers and rubber O-rings in various sizes that are cheap from harbor freight. Spline will fit right in to that category.
essiemessy wrote
on Nov 6, 2009 3:46 PM
Those beads are gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial :-)
Moushka3 wrote
on Nov 7, 2009 11:26 PM
Leslie, Love the big hook and eye. Is there any way to make the wire strong enough to actually use it in dressmaking? A couple of these would look marvelous on a jacket. Great projects. Sue
nutrish94 wrote
on Nov 8, 2009 10:26 AM
I have been using spline for a while to make different types of bracelets. For one, I made end caps out of pmc and strung 18g wire on them and beaded the rest of the bracelet. I love searching for jewelry applications for hardware and found items.