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Sculpey Cord Holders

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Being a person who loves having things organized, I hate having a mess of cords (laptop, phone, iPod, etc.) on my desk while I work. Something I really like about the Macbook charger is the small clip that's attached to the cord. Not essential, but definitely handy. That's what inspired me. 
Previously I had tried organizing cords with blu tack, but that became messy and a pain to scrape off.
Then I had the idea of making clips. I could make them out of Sugru (only I had none) or out of any carve-able plastic. Eventually I used Sculpey. Even though Sculpey becomes pretty hard after you bake it, it works really well as a cord holder. At first I thought it should be a flexible material, but the Sculpey proved that hard material works fine. 

Supplies:
  • Sculpey (any color)
  • Double sided tape
  • Knife or razor blade
  • Scissors
  • Cord
 
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Step 1: Modelling

Using Sculpey to make this proved to be much easier than I had expected. To make a holder, get a small cube of Sculpey about 1-2cm ³. Then take your cord and press it into the block of Sculpey to create the shape. Gently squeeze together the top of the holder so that the cable will get locked inside and not slide out. To make it look nice (doesn't really add to the functionality), use a knife or razor blade to cut off the sloped sides.
Before you put the holders in the oven to harden, double-check that the cord fits tightly, and doesn't slide out too easily.
Then let them harden in the oven for 30 minutes, 110°C.
jbove11 months ago
Really needed something like that! Thanks :)
sjroth (author)  jbove11 months ago
I'm glad you like it. If you make your own, however, try to using something that's more flexible than Sculpey. I've been using these for a few months now and some of them are cracking. Sugru might be a better solution.
Zachary480111 months ago
You should sell these! I have always wanted something like that!
dreamberry1 year ago
Exactly what I need! I'll be making some of these this weekend!
ilpug1 year ago
Awesome! I used sculpey for years before I discovered Sugru, but sculpey is still really useful because it's much cheaper to work with, and has many of the same uses- good job for using it!