Introduction: 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.

Step 1: Machine the Conduit

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To start I machined and sanded off the zinc coating.

Step 2: File and Drill

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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.


ChickenGrylls (author)2012-08-24

These are awesome. Love the lathe work. The texture is great also. I've added a link to this insturctable at

Please please please show this at I think the team there will love it! Hack of the month in my opinion.

Mrballeng (author)ChickenGrylls2012-08-24

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?

gmsmg (author)Mrballeng2012-08-26

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.
P.S. hope to see more of your work in the future.

Mrballeng (author)gmsmg2012-08-26

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.

ChickenGrylls (author)Mrballeng2012-08-25

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 :(

bstott (author)2012-08-26

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. ;-)

sunshiine (author)2012-08-24

As always, this is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Ganoderma (author)2012-08-22

Best zipper pulls I've seen on instructables! very nice!

I'll have to buy new sugru soon I guess xD

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-08-22

Awesome! I couldn't even tell it was sugru in the picture! I love the texture you added to it :)

sokamiwohali (author)2012-08-21

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)sokamiwohali2012-08-21

All you really need is a pipe cutter. Everything else can easily be done by hand.

sokamiwohali (author)Mrballeng2012-08-22

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!!

Bugsley (author)2012-08-22

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!

Kryptonite (author)2012-08-22

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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