Thanks to seadraggin's Instructible DIY flexible tie ties for the inspiration. The only real difference between the two is the metal used for the innards.
Make your own industrial strength flex ties with copper wire and paracord. Serves as a great replacement for cable ties. For this instructible, you'll need:
- tape measure - to measure the wire
- scissors - to cut the paracord
- wire cutters - to cut the wire
- fire (lighter/candle) - for fusing the end of the paracord
- 14 gauge standard indoor wire (black, white, bare)
- optional - razor for stripping the insulation off the outside
Step 1: Measure 1 foot of wire (or any length you so desire)
Step 2: Cut the wire
Step 3: Remove insulation from around the group of wires - leave the insulation on the black and white wires.
Step 4: Measure the paracord against the single wire you're outfitting with the paracord sleeve. Ensure there is plenty of overhang - I add about 1/2" to 3/4" to each end to compensate for fraying and fusing.
Step 5: Gut the paracord (remove the white innards). Fuse 1 end of the paracord sleeve so that it is completely shut. Allow time for cooling and hardening before moving on to the next step.
Step 6: Insert the wire into the paracord sleeve.
Step 7: Fuse the remaining end of the paracord sleeve. Ensure both ends are completely closed off.
Step 8: Enjoy the fruits of your labor by securing loose bundles, tying stuff up, and hanging stuff in your workshop.