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A fashionable walking cane to complete your Victorian/Steampunk/Goth get-up.
Bring out the DIY dandy in you!

I used ready-made parts, which make it a bit more expensive - especially the ornament, which counts for 2/3 of the cost. However, if you can find an old ornament or door-knob, this project is dirt-cheap.

You can whittle your own cane, if you want to:

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Step 1: Shoppy time!

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Shop around for:
1. Glide-pins (big "tacks"), prefrably with rubber soles (you will only need one per walking cane).
2. Curtain-rod (or whittle a staff); length: +/- 1 meter
3. Curtain-rod ornament / doorknob, or salvage or cannibalize one instead.
4. (Outdoor) woodstain, paint and/or varnish. Pick your own color.
5. A flat paintbrush
6. Some string

I found all this stuff at my local hardware-store, but (thrift)shopping for a nice ornament / (door)knob pays off double, since it is the heart and soul of your cane and by far the most expensive part.

Step 2: Fitting the knob (A)

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1. Measure the length by which the cane will fit inside the ornament.
2. Mark this length on the cane.

Note: If you are using a door-knob, you don't have to measure anything.
You will screw the knob onto the head of the cane, instead of fitting it over it.

Step 3: Fitting the knob (B)

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If the ornament does not fit onto the cane, you'll have to whittle it down, until it fits.
Do not whittle below the marking you made.

1. Use a sharp knife to whittle the top of the cane to make a snug fit.

2. Fit the ornament onto the cane.

3. Repeat 1 and 2 until the cane fits the ornament exactly.

4. Us an awl / bodkin, or a big nail or an ice-pick to mark the place where you'll screw the ornament into place. (step 9)

ench4 months ago

That handle/ornament looks like an old fireplace knob. If anyone else is making one and looking for something with more support, if you trawl ebay and local antiques stores you can often find some very sturdy examples, though they may have a fireplace attached.

denkeeper2 years ago
I don't know if my comment went through but here it is: what about taking a thin piece of bar stock or small copper tubing and drill a hole in top of the wooden rod and solider or bend the end of the wire to it?
pfred24 years ago
So where's the hidden Tesla coil? Now that'd be awesome!
galadriel5 years ago
Where do you find glide pins?  Hardware store?
A a r t (author)  galadriel4 years ago
In the screws & nails section of my friendly local hardware store.
doomsdayltd4 years ago
i walk with a cane and im giving it great consideration to make this. i have one question about it though, how does it feel to walk with it in you hand after leaning on it?
A a r t (author)  doomsdayltd4 years ago
It compresses about half-way in, so it supports you when leaning on it, though an inch or so lower than it looks. The drawback is in placing the cane when walking:
it wobbles in all directions, so you are swinging it into position rather than pointing it into position. So I won't recomment this design if you really *need* a cane. It's just too uncomfortable.
If you make it a "fashionable" length you can grip it under the knob and use it like a staff. However, this isn't enough support for someone who *needs* to lean on it.

I did find a couple of useable spriralling curtain ornaments which are sturdy enough to support without compressing and wobbling, so I hope you can find such as well. I haven't found these in copper though, but they could be painted.
mmh4 years ago
I like the visual effect the spiral fob gives, although putting one's full weight on a wire handle may not be the most ergonomic surface. Nice design for a found object piece.

However, should you be interested in a wooden handled cane, please visit:
codongolev5 years ago
is that little knobby thing bouncy.... because I bet it's bouncy... boing boing!
A a r t (author)  codongolev5 years ago
Boing Boing indeed ;-)
It's a bit... flexible. So I'm glad the length is "fashionable" (1 inch longer), so it can be gripped below the knob. Though even when leaning on it the spring is strong enough to sagg in for only half it's hight.