I wanted some cool banana patch cables, and found it may be cheaper to make my own.
I decided to cloth cover my cables to make them more comfortable and to match the vintage styled noise sound effect synthesizer I plan to build.
Stackable banana cables are better, but I saved lots of money using non-stacking plugs that I can afford to build some multiples into my synth.
You may be able to adapt this technique to other types of cables.
Step 1: Materials
• Shoelace(s) Find a shoelace style you like. I prefer a tighter weave. The laces must be hollow, or have a removable core. Select a lace that will be large enough to hold your wire or cable, but not so big that they are loose I got these at a dollar store. If you select longer laces, you can make more cable(s) for the same price.
• Wire I'm using stranded 16ga wire. Banana cables only use one conductor. If you are adapting this instructable, choose a suitable cable for your needs.
• Banana Plugs These are part number 108-1702-101 from the E. F. Johnson Company. I got them on sale. Select whatever connectors are suitable for your cables.
• Heat Shrink Tubing Two smaller pieces to close the ends of the shoelace onto the wire. I used a 1/2in. length of 1/4in. diameter tubing. Two larger pieces to cover the connector for strain relief (optional). I used 1.5in. lengths of 3/8in. tubing. If you are using thickness of wire and/or connectors, you can select sizes that are appropriate.
• Scissors to cut shoelaces and heat shrink tubing
• Screwdriver if your connectors use set screws
• Heat source such as lighter to shrink the heatshrink tubing
• Wire strippers / cutters
• Soldering Iron and solder to tin wire ends