Basic material is some flexible tubing: 2 cm (0.8 in) for one cable clip is fine. In this instructable transparent tubing with an outer diameter of 8 mm (0.31 in) has been used, and an inner diameter of 4 mm (0.16 in). Wider tubing may be used to hang thicker cables, pencils or even brooms. The idea is to remove some material at the exterior sides, to result in two triangular clasps, constituting a fastening clip. In order to pin up the clip, a small hole at the backside of the clip allows to screw it on a wall or closet.
The author of this instructable is also selling the cable clips. The webshop is accessible through http://www.instructables.com/member/openproducts.
The following steps will guide you through the process or creating your own clips. In step 8 some words are spend on explaining why this clip is innovative.
Step 1: Getting prepared
- a tube;
- a small screw and possibly a wall plug, depending on the surface you'd like to mount the cable clip onto.
The tools you'll need for shaping the cable clip:
- a knife or a pair of scissors for cutting the tubing;
- a drill and a small bit or a nail and a hammer for making the hole at the backside;
- something to prevent the tube from being cut through (a large nail for example).
Using the pair of scissors is safer than using the knife, especially since the knife should be really sharp. In addition, be careful that the tube isn't rolling while you are exerting pressure with the knife.
Step 2: Cutting the tube
Step 3: Slicing the clasps
Step 4: Make the backside hole
Step 5: Mount the clip to the wall
Step 6: Learn how to use the clip
To hang the cable: position the cable in the upper triangular opening while leaving a few centimeters of space towards the connector. Push the cable gently with a finger of one hand towards the clip while pulling the cable down softly with the other hand. Then let the connector be supported by the upside of the cable clip.
To remove the cable from the clip: gently pull the cable from underneath towards the triangular opening at the bottom until the two triangular clasps release the cable. The other way round is possible as well: then first pull the cable a little upward to free the connector from the clip, then pull down towards the upper triangular opening.
Step 7: Testing the cable clip
Step 8: Step 8: Innovative aspects
- The clip is made from tubing in a way that can and may be reproduced;
- The clip encloses the cable completely and in such a way that it cannot easily slide out, there is no free space so even thin cables will not fall out;
-The flexible nature of the clip makes that it automatically adjusts to thicker cables;
-The form of the clasps is multifunctional: it guides sliding the cable in and out and encloses the cable;
-The design and making of the clip is easy and doesn't require complex manufacturing;
-The solitary design (one clip for one cable) allows to pin up the cables where you need them: one clip in every room or closet.
Step 9: License and webshop
The reader who doesn't want to bother with the tubes and the scissors can proceed directly to the author's webshop for purchasing cut-and-dried clips. The webshop is accessible through http://www.instructables.com/member/openproducts.
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