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Sugru Paracord Zipper Pulls

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I made these zipper pulls for my son’s lunch bag using ½” electrical conduit, paracord, and sugru. The sugru was textured using poly netting. It’ll make for a good conversation piece during lunch.
 
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Step 1: Machine the conduit

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To start I machined and sanded off the zinc coating.

Step 2: File and drill

Next I marked out the rings for the zipper pulls and cut them with a pipe cutter. I filed off any sharp edges. I then marked and drilled 2 holes in each ring. That was followed up with a buffing wheel.

Step 3: Thread and melt

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I gutted some paracord and threaded it through the holes. After cutting the ends I melted them so they would no longer slip out.

Step 4: Texture the sugru

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To texture the sugru I used the mesh netting on the back of a jogging stroller. First I wet both the sugru and netting. I then pressed it in-between my fingers to set in the pattern. After sitting overnight it was ready to go.

Thanks for reading.
These are awesome. Love the lathe work. The texture is great also. I've added a link to this insturctable at reddit.com/r/Sugru

Please please please show this at http://sugru.com/gurus I think the team there will love it! Hack of the month in my opinion.
Mrballeng (author)  ChickenGrylls1 year ago
Thanks! I post the link there but I don't think I did it up to par with others. Is there a way to edit?
You did a great a great job and they LOOK GREAT. Where can I get SUGRU I have never work with this product. What kind of lathe do you have and are you a machines by trade. I,m looking for a small metal lathe like 7x 12 what is a good one to start off with. I make custom pens for gifts and XMAS. And I never used a metal lathe.
Thanks
JERRY
P.S. hope to see more of your work in the future.
Mrballeng (author)  gmsmg1 year ago
You can buy Sugru at the instrucables store. I have the mini lathe from harbor freight. It cost me $400 on sale. I think it was worth the money. Thanks for the comment.
I think the best thing would be to post some pictures up in a reply! That's the best way. You can't edit once you've posted. It's a great little forum there but you can't edit what you've posted :(
bstott1 year ago
Great, simple (sort of) and very good looking!

Thanks for the lesson.

Now to whip out the hacksaw, files, drills and wet/dry sand paper. ;-)
sunshiine1 year ago
As always, this is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
Sunshiine
Ganoderma1 year ago
Best zipper pulls I've seen on instructables! very nice!

I'll have to buy new sugru soon I guess xD
Awesome! I couldn't even tell it was sugru in the picture! I love the texture you added to it :)
ABSOLUTELY GENIOUS!!! If one does not have a lathe, or fancy machinery to machine the conduit, can we use a high-speed dremel tool to cut, "machine", and finish the conduit?
Mrballeng (author)  sokamiwohali1 year ago
All you really need is a pipe cutter. Everything else can easily be done by hand.
ok, cool...i got some sugru that needs to be used as it expires in October, so this is a great project i think to help get rid of some of it! lol Thanks much!!
Bugsley1 year ago
I was looking for something to do with some spare copper pipe, great idea. Maybe use a penny for the design pressed into the Sugru, reverse bas relief.
Great Instructable!
Kryptonite1 year ago
I was skeptical of 'Sugru zipper pulls', until I saw your name. These are a very tidy and easily made piece, you've done your usual and pulled off something genius. I especially like the textured finish, it's quite something.
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