My cat recently chewed through a fair amount of my beloved Korean Vibe BS-80HD ear buds. I had several options, I could:
Buy a new pair for like fifty bucks
Repair them and use some fairly ugly heatshrink smack dab in the middle of the cable
Go all out like in this instructable!
Covering your earbud/headphone cables with material only requires basic soldering skills and patience!
Step 1: Materials/Tools
Earbuds to be covered
72" of round shoestring (if you order 72" shoestrings you will have double the amount, as there are 2 shoestrings)
3.5mm (1/8") gold plated stereo audio jack with built in strain relief (obtained at radioshack)
6mm Cable Pants
6mm Heatshrink (I used black)
A little bit of epoxy
Some solid-core wire (such as 24 gauge or something like that)
lighter (good for melting ends of shoestrings and shrinking heatshrink)
Note: If you are doing this mod to headphones who's cable doesn't split to the left and right ear (such as beats headphones), you do not need the cable pants.
Step 2: Butcher the Ear buds
If you are doing this to headphones with a cable that doesn't split, you only need to snip off the 3.5mm jack.
Step 3: Preparing the Shoestring
To prepare the shoestring, simply cut off the plastic ends and pull out the core. Singeing the ends with a lighter will prevent the chord's edges from fraying.
Once the core is removed, feed the entire shoestring onto a piece of solid core wire. This makes it much much easier to feed the shoestring onto the flexible cable used in earbuds/headphones.