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Make your own soft twist ties quick and easy. 

I have called industrial distributors trying to find this type of item in bulk.
After many calls, I could not locate it, so I thought I could just make my own!

This is my first instructable.
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Step 1: You only need a few items.

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You'll need some solid core single-strand wire.  I recommend 8 gauge copper.
Single strand is best because it is stiff, pliable and can hold a shape.
You can probably use coated or uncoated wire.
I just happened to have uncoated left over in the garage.

You will also need some soft rubber hose
Notice that you want a hose that is somewhat soft and flexible.
I found some while cleaning the garage today. 
The hose I have appears to have an outside diameter of about 3/8 inch.
Looks like the hose wall is about 1/8 inch thick. 
And finally the hole in the hose appears to have an interior diameter about 1/8 inch.
These are approximate measurements.
I believe this hose is a lawn mower fuel line hose that I got from Home Depot.

You will need some needle-nose pliers.
Also you will need some wire cutters.

Step 2: Cut the wire and tubing.

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Decide how long you want your flexible tie to be.  In this illustration, it is about 10 inches long. 
You'll need to cut the wire about 3 inches longer than the hose.  So the wire was about 13 inches long.

The wire will be longer so you can bend an eyelette on each end of the tie.

Step 3: Insert the wire and bend the eyelettes.

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Now, use your needle nose pliers to bend an eyelette on one end of the wire.
Then insert the wire into the hose.
Finally, bend an eyelette on the other end of the hose.

The eyelettes serve a few purposes.
  1. They hold the hose in place.
  2. They serve as handles when manipulating the tie.
  3. They also serve as hooks if you want to hang your item.
ecafighter4 months ago

Terrific idea. I have a use in mind already.

Thanks for posting.

Great idea. As others have said, the copper will work-harden after being bent a few times. You can reverse that by annealing. But to do that you have to heat the copper to about 800 degrees F. That takes a torch. Probably easier to just make a new one.

ASCAS3 years ago
NIce! Great Idea!
ilpug3 years ago
I like it.
Raitis3 years ago
Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't copper eventually harden when being worked on (bent, hammered, etc.)?
Of course it can harden, but... if you need something you are going to open all the time, then a slip-clasp would be better. This idea is great for a quick cure, or for seldom used.

Plus, I can see other uses: Plants, quick Hangers in the garage, my Computer cables and even a fancy Cup holder.
bobzjr (author)  nailbreak3 years ago
nailbreak, Thanks for the note. Also, what is a "slip-clasp"?
Thanks for making me clarify - The "slip-clasp" is not the proper name, I should have used the words "carabiner hook"; and... thanks again, as I realize now how important it is to use proper words that can then be searched for clarification. This is good to learn now, being so new.
bobzjr (author)  nailbreak3 years ago
nailbreak - thanks for clarification - I really like your suggestions of the carabiner. If I give that try - I'll post something on it...(and credit you with the idea)
bobzjr (author)  Raitis3 years ago
Raitis, I believe you are correct. I think any non-ferrous metal will harden by working it. So, I guess that could present a problem. Would the possible issue then be:
  1. Hardening of metal which makes it more difficult to bend?
  2. Breakage of the metal when trying to bend?

I suppose they would be issues that would come into play if the tie is used frequently.  Historically, I have not been a high-frequency "tie-untie" person... 

I may give it a test drive and report later.  Thanks for the reminder...

rimar20003 years ago
Good idea.

I think that iron wire (galvanized or not) can work too, although it endures less plastic flections before breaking. The advantage is its price, far cheaper than copper wire.
MaryT8M3 years ago
WOW good idea......I too needed something like this the other day, and couldn't make a trip to the store.....I ended up using a bungie cord, and it really didn't work too well.

Thanks for the instructable