Introduction: How to Make an Mint Tin Helping Hands Tool

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Have you been need some helping hands, but are limited on materials? well then this instructable is just right for you!  This uses only 4 simple things that most beginners have and if not, can buy them for very cheap! :)

Step 1: Materials:

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To do this simple thing, all you will need is:

An altoids box
Some solid-core wire
2-4 Alligator clips
Solder (and something to melt it)

Step 2: Twist the Wire

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You'll need to cut 2 pieces of wire at the same length and twist them together like in the picture.  Make 2-4 of these twisted wires all at the same length. Also, remember to strip the tips of the wires for soldering (on BOTH ends of the wires)

Step 3: Soldering the Clips

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Now you want to solder the clips to the wires 

Step 4: Soldering (continued)

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Now you need to solder them to the altoids tin.

Step 5: Done!

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Yay!!! Your Mint tin helping hands tool is finished!


halo99 (author)2011-08-03

Great Idea using an Altoids can. Ive been looking for a Helping Hand, plus its compact

S01dier90 (author)2011-06-17

Just a suggestion, but why dont you solder the wires inside the tin and to the inside of the lid so that it can be folded up and stored easily?

Dumchicken (author)2011-01-29

you killed the aligator klips p.s. FIRST

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