Introduction: How to Make a Phone Wire Bracelet

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These wires are from a 25 pair telephone cable that was discarded at the office. It just didn't seem right to toss them!

I after pouring 15 ounces of epoxy I drilled a hole (the epoxy harden in about 5 hours ) for the inside diameter a 2 5/8"

After a quick turning to a smooth cylinder, I started sanding it... and sanding it... I wet sanded up to 400grit then switched to my high grit polishing pads. 1200 grit to 12000 grit! It's a long process! I still had to sand the inside... but I did that by hand. It took an hour or so.

I love the look with the wires and exposed cooper! Thanks for looking!


bruhnstv (author)2014-10-12

I have a large quantity of 100-pair phone cable like this that I just haven't wanted to take to a scrap dealer. For the cost of a padded envelope and postage, I'd be happy to send out, say, one foot lengths of it...more than enough to make one of these bracelets (or other things you might think of).

kludge77 (author)bruhnstv2014-10-13

Wow thanks for the offer! I'm afraid as a network engineer, I've got all the cable I could need. But maybe you'll extend to offer to another eager maker on here?!

bruhnstv (author)kludge772014-10-13

Sure...the offer is open to anyone reading the article and wanting to do it or something like least while my supply holds out.

FloridaJo (author)2015-10-15

Nice job. I learn so much from Instructables.

It has become my favorite website now.

Best point learned from this was about the 'micromesh'.

Did not know about that.


Nettiemac (author)2015-04-26

What a brilliant idea! It looks really lovely too.

Dani78 (author)2015-01-16

It 's really nice.

How did you come up with this idea?

audreyobscura (author)2014-10-27

So cool! What brand of resin are you using? Pumps for measurement is brilliant.

kludge77 (author)audreyobscura2014-11-05

I used West System epoxy. It's a bit pricey and I think resin from the hobby store will be my next purchase!

veryrealperson (author)2014-10-31

I actually really liked this. why not just cast in the shape you wanted originally?

kludge77 (author)veryrealperson2014-11-05

That would have been better! Hindsight and all... :)

audreyobscura (author)2014-10-27

So cool! What brand of resin are you using? Pumps for measurement is brilliant.

kludge77 (author)audreyobscura2014-10-28

Thanks! The resin I use is West System Epoxy. It came with the pumps, which was very handy!! Here is where I got the starter kit

I like the 207 hardner because it dried clear.

T_om (author)2014-10-12

Give you a hint for next time. Epoxy won't effectivey "polish", but the cheaper polyester resin, for some reason, will. You can get a better finish surface on polyester resin than epoxy.

Sadi789 (author)T_om2014-10-12

I like the translucent look that the epoxy gives it though. Not super glossy, but (for lack of a more specific term) high quality. The copper stands out more, too.

kludge77 (author)Sadi7892014-10-13

Thanks. I sorry like the opaque look too. I think I might try a tinted epoxy next time and scuff it up a bit...

Sadi789 (author)kludge772014-10-13

If you scuff it up the copper won't be as shiny though, just saying.

kludge77 (author)Sadi7892014-10-14

true... might need another experiment!

kludge77 (author)T_om2014-10-12

I really need to try some casting resin!

thenetdog (author)2014-10-14

Something else you can try instead of sanding is adding more epoxy. I had a block of cured epoxy where I could not sand it enough to get rid of the hazy finish, even with the high grits. But I got it clear by dripping a light coat of fresh epoxy on the outside and letting it air dry. It filled in all the scratches and ended up crystal clear with no sanding at all. Just an idea for next time - thanks for posting.

n4nln (author)2014-10-12

The classic release agent for epoxy is carnuba hard paste wax like used for furniture or your car. The standard ritual is 3 good coats of paste wax (buffed-out) on the mold interior or liner. If the surface of the mold is baby's-butt smooth and you wax it very well, the amount of surface finishing you have to do should be a *lot* less.

There are commercial mold-release agents which the suppliers claim do better than paste wax. You might find one at West Marine in the epoxy section. But particularly for smaller parts, the pros I know still swear by good ol' carnuba paste wax.

Note that Polypropylene was invented to reject most adhesives; that's why cyanoacrylates come in polypropylene containers. SO if you use polypropylene for a mold (cut down bottles, bowls, etc) and paste wax it as the ritual dictates, then you should get good release and a very good initial surface finish.

The cautions about avoiding skin contact with epoxy are very important. Some people go their entire lives and never become sensitized to amines, but there are also people who have become extremely allergic after one or two exposures. You don't know whether you are the latter until it's too late. And do the processing in open air for the same reason (even with a respirator).

I will suggest using Maas Epoxy over West System because Maas doesn't produce "amine blush" - the waxy finish you sometimes get on epoxy. This is very important if secondary bonds are involved in what you are making.

West Marine carries Maas Epoxy, too.

kludge77 (author)n4nln2014-10-13

Wow, good to know. Thanks for taking the time to write this all up for us epoxy newbies!!

Sadi789 (author)2014-10-10

The amount that I want one of these cannot be expressed in words.

Sadi789 (author)Sadi7892014-10-10

Hey, can anyone think of a way to make one of these in clear silicone and still get the copper to show??

Sadi789 (author)Sadi7892014-10-11

Actually, if we did this with silicone it would get all kinked with use, because of the wire.

OhLeita (author)Sadi7892014-10-12

That might make it look even better!

C'mere, silicone caulk, I must experiment with you.

kludge77 (author)OhLeita2014-10-13

If you're successful, I'd love to see the end result!!

kludge77 (author)Sadi7892014-10-12

Thank you!!

jennace (author)2014-10-09

Pretty neat and totally unique! Cool project!! :D

kludge77 (author)jennace2014-10-13

thank you!!

Antzy Carmasaic (author)2014-10-09

I could spend whole weekends just lazing about and trying to figure out which expose copper wire ends up exposed again where, and confirming with a line tester. :)

kludge77 (author)Antzy Carmasaic2014-10-13

That's awesome, and a lot of work!!

I love this comment! Mainly because I'd like to time challenge you to be the first to find all routes! :)

Agreed.... :)

kiran_kankipati (author)2014-10-12

Nice idea, really cool !

kludge77 (author)kiran_kankipati2014-10-13

thank you!!

kesaldo (author)2014-10-11

$$$ epoxy to save a iota of endless scrap wire. What a joke.

kludge77 (author)kesaldo2014-10-11

It wasn't a cheap project, but it was fun! Thanks for watching.

avayan (author)kludge772014-10-12

Plus it looks awesome! Now I want to make me one of these!

kludge77 (author)avayan2014-10-13

Thanks!! If you do make one, I'd love to see it!

utechtl (author)2014-10-11

I suppose that could be easily adapted to a nerdy ring as well, Brilliant!

kludge77 (author)utechtl2014-10-13

Totally!! Thanks for watching!

Perspective Image (author)2014-10-11

Very cool idea! Well done too!


BayRatt (author)2014-10-11

I'd like a ring that looks like that. That's so fun!! Wish I knew of such things when I was young (a long time ago), my dad used to bring home discarded telephone wire, and I'd braid it into rings & things, but this is SOOOOO much cooler.

kludge77 (author)BayRatt2014-10-13

You could totally make a ring. The steps are the same, it would just be a smaller drill bit and less resin!

mpulliam1 (author)2014-10-11

Wow. As someone in the utility field, I frequently come across 25/50 and up to 900pr discarded. Great way to up-cycle. I now have a project that my 11 year old daughter and her friends will enjoy. Thanks for your time!

kludge77 (author)mpulliam12014-10-13

Thanks for watchinhg! If you do end up making one, I'd love to see it!!

qquuiinn (author)2014-10-11

So beautiful, but more steps and description would be insanely helpful.

kludge77 (author)qquuiinn2014-10-13

Sorry about that. I don't do many real instructables. I hope you still found some value.

emilyvanleemput (author)qquuiinn2014-10-11

Did you watch the video? I personally found it to be quite informative.

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