This is the imitation leather case for my Kindle. It has a clasp with a button magnet buried in it. Eventually the magnet wears a hole in the fabric retainer on the underside of the clasp.

This Instructable will demonstrate using larger diameter shrink wrap tubing to cover the magnet and hold it in place while giving a neat, professional look.


  • Shrink wrap tubing - 1/2 inch size


  • Scissors
  • Heat gun or a hair dryer

Step 1: The Cloth Underside

Next to my thumb is some of the soft cloth that retains the magnet used in the clasp. The actual magnet is below my thumb. (I completed this project before I thought about making an Instructable from it.)

<p>Phil, I saw your comment to my post &quot;Heat-shrink in Not for Insulation Only&quot;. Indeed your project is another one application of the heat-shrink tube. I intend to publish post in my private blog regarding heart-shrink non-traditional usage. Hope you will not object if I put there link to this your project.</p>
Thank you. Feel free to link it. <br>I was pleased to find odd sizes of heat shrink tubing in the small parts drawers at our local hardware store.
<p>Phil, look at &lt; https://www.instructables.com/id/Color-Code-Keys/ &gt; You can heat and stretch the Shrink Wrap Tubing to fit over something it would not normally fit over.</p>
<p>Thanks for the hint, Jack.</p>
<p>Nice fix! I will keep this in mind, I have a phone case with a similar clasp which doesn't look very durable.</p>
<p>Thank you, Chrys. I just looked on Amazon for shrink wrap tubing. Naturally, much of it is sized for electrical wires. There are some larger sizes, like 1/2 inch. Most of these come in assortments rather than single pieces. But, I paid about 1/3 the cost of an assortment for a single piece.</p><p>The hardware store I used to get my single piece is quite small. A larger store may have a larger selection of sizes to fit your phone case when the time comes. There is something to be said for checking the fit before you buy, even if you must pay more than you would like.</p>
<p>Thanks, there is an electronics parts store in town which I know has shrink wrap tubing too.</p>

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