Step 6: First Bend

Let's do the first bend.

(1) Mark bending point:
Tear off a small piece of masking tape and put a mark on it. Use your ruler to find the half-way point on the tube (should be at 5 inches). Place the mark on the tape at that point. This will be the bending point. (PIC 6-1)

(2) Bend:
Place the tube on top of the bending tool so the masking tape mark lines up with the manufacturing line on the tee. Make sure the copper wire does not protrude from either of the ends of the tube. You may want to use your pinky fingers to hold the wire in place while you start the bend. (PIC 6-2) Now push the tube down slowly while applying even pressure to both sides of the tube until it forms a "U". (PIC 6-3, PIC 6-4)

(3) Check:
Remove the tube and check to make sure the ends are close to even, and the copper wire does not protrude from the ends. (PIC 6-5) If so, you're done. If not, (for example: you sneezed while bending) you'll need to unbend the "U" by hand, go back to Step 2 to straighten the wire, and give it another go. (PIC 6-6)

<p>I'm having trouble finding the vinyl end caps and the cable clamps. Where can I get them? I would prefer to buy them locally at ace, lowes, or home depot. </p>
<p>I've found them at Lowes and Ace. They both usually stock lots of misc small parts like the caps and clamps. You will only find the caps in black and white. The caps are usually considered &quot;closet hardware&quot;, and the clamps may be over in the &quot;electrical&quot; aisle since they are commonly used to contain wire runs.</p>
<p>Do you have to use copper? Lowe's sells other wire that's silver looking in hardware. Also, why does it need to be straight before starting? If I'm being it anyway, why can't it curved?</p>
<p>You can use any solid wire desired. We tried it all and copper was by far the easiest to work, and provided the best performance. In order to have a perfect, symmetrical bend you should straighten the wire.</p>
<p>Does this work for Gamecube controllers? Thank You!!!</p>
Absolutely. In fact, it will work with nearly any controller. You can learn more about fitting the Wall Clip to controllers <a href="http://www.laboratory424.com/using/wall-clip#part2" rel="nofollow">here</a>. For inspiration, check out <a href="http://www.laboratory424.com/gallery/wclp/mobile-controller-rack" rel="nofollow">Scott's Controller Rack of Awesomeness</a> which uses the Wall Clip extensively for all kinds of retro controllers. Enjoy.
<p>Hi, by solid is it just no hole in the middle? I would presume copper is quite a flexible material anyway. The reason I ask is because I live in the uk and copper for jewellery making / wire craft is all I can find.</p><p>Under the name 3.25mm bare copper wire</p>
Yes, by solid I mean no hole in the middle. #8 bare copper wire in the USA is 3.25mm in diameter so it seems like you are on the right track.<br>
<p>I'm having difficulty finding colored LDPE tubing, (all I'm finding is the clear stuff) as well as the vinyl end caps. </p><p>I want to get it locally so I don't have to order bulk on line. I've checked both Lowe's and Home Depot but not ACE yet</p>
<p>Colors are hard to come by in small quantities. You may be able to get small, sample pieces from a plastics supplier in your industrial district (search for &quot;plastics yourCity&quot;). You can buy 100' lengths for around $7 at US Plastics: <a href="http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=83882" rel="nofollow">http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=...</a></p><p>You can usually find white end caps at Lowes or Ace. If not, try a supplier in your industrial district. Clear is difficult to get in small quantities. For the bumpers, one solution to try is 1/4&quot; vinyl tubing like this: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Clear-Vinyl-Tubing-ID-250/dp/B000H5WQXC" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/Clear-Vinyl-Tubing-ID-250/dp...</a> </p><p>We haven't tried this ourselves, so bring some LLDPE to Lowes (or similar) and see how well it fits and if you like the look. It should be snug. </p>
Anyone know where I can get the materials in the UK?
You should be able to find the materials at your local home improvement store (perhaps B&amp;Q). The copper wire should be in the electrical section (on spools), the caps should be in the &quot;small, specialty parts&quot; section (they usually only carry black and white), and the LLDPE (or LDPE) tubing will be in the small plumbing fittings for bathrooms/kitchens (usually on spools and translucent in color). <br>
Nice ible! Good Work! I do, however, suggest moving it to Video games. This is not limited to XBOX. otherwise its great <br>
I've been using a peg board and an assortment of tool hooks to keep all of my cords from becoming tangled. If you're worried about the hooks scratching the controllers, you can just cover them in that liquid rubber stuff, but mine have been fine. Less time, about the same cost and only slightly less modular.
i wish i had the time and equipment to do this instructable you did&nbsp; great job :)&nbsp; but im getting a new bedroom and its massive so i might make them . thanks (yn)
You did an amazing job on this instructalbe. Not just that but the concept is perfect, I think these would make great Christmas presents as well! I'm thinking about using medium size fencing wire twisted with a drill to a rigid cable covered with heatshrink.<br />
This is actually really cool, but unfortunately the game controllers that clutter up my living room are the really huge and heavy specialty controllers, like beatmania IIDX controllers and HORI arcade joysticks&nbsp;:/<br /> <br /> But this is still really neat.<br />
&nbsp;uh... i just can't get it right.<br /> help me with this one.<br /> <br />
&nbsp;Great Instructable, but how did you store the Games on the wall?
Thank you. <br /> <br /> We use Disc Mounts to store games on the wall. Disc Mounts are small magnetic holders for CDs that allow you to store and arrange CDs on nearly any metal surface. Here's the <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Disc-Mount-Store-and-Display-CDs-on-Metal-Surfac/" rel="nofollow">Disc Mount instructable</a>. You can also learn more about them and buy parts on our <a href="http://www.laboratory424.com/project/disc-mount" rel="nofollow">Disc Mount Project Page</a> if you like.<br /> <br /> In this case, we created a poster with a metal backing for them to stick to. The setup made it very convenient to access games; hence, keeping them off the floor or console. I show you how to do this poster frame mod in the instructable, <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Poster-Magnet-Board/" rel="nofollow">Poster Magnet Board</a>.
I love it. Great Instructable! Looks awesome. &nbsp;
I love it.&nbsp; I think i'll do it inside of a cabinet...<br />
this is AMAZING<br />
Dang that's clever<br />

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