Introduction: Rather Strong Hook

I'm still continuing my fascination with what can be done with plastic bottles and lately I have been experimenting with making a wall hook out of the handle of an Odwalla bottle.


Step 1: Things You Need

A plastic bottle with an included handle, like an Odwalla bottle or vinegar bottle.
Small soda bottle cap
drill for hanging
drill bit for a pilot hole
three longish screws
polymer clay (or something else to fill the inside of it for strength)
  some commenters suggested using concrete instead - which is inexpensive and an interesting alternative
vapour mask and hot knife (or you can use scissors though I find the hot knife easier to control)
microwave
largish glass or plastic container
water
(optional) plastic paint



Step 2: Cut Away the Handle From the Bottle

Wearing the vapour mask, use the hot knife to extract the handle from the bottle as indicated.  

Step 3: Condition the Clay Filler

Condition the sculpey however you like.  I like to use a pasta machine and a drop of sculpey softener - especially since my clay has been sitting around a good while and is very crumbly and stiff.


Step 4: Roll the Clay Into a Long Tube

Roll a good amount of clay into a long tube that will slide easily through the handle.


Step 5: Pack the Clay Into the Handle

Slide the tube of clay into the hollow of the handle.



Step 6: Smoosh the Cap On

Put the cap on and smoosh the clay into it so it is completely filled

Pack it in there.


Step 7: Pack the Clay Into the Triangular Base

Pack the rest of the clay into the triangular base area.

(Try to do this with all one piece of clay.)

Aim for a very flat even surface.  




Step 8: Trim Away Excess Clay and Plastic

To neaten up the appearance - trim away any excess clay or plastic with an exacto knife




Step 9: Submerge in Water

Place the whole thing into a microwave-safe container so it is completely submerged.


Step 10: Microwave for Ten Minutes

Microwave on the normal (high) setting for 10 minutes to cure the clay.



Credit where it's due: I searched online and found this website where the author, Garie Sim, documents his successful experiments with microwaving polymer clay.  So Kudos to him for this great technique.


Step 11: Allow to Cool

Don't try to handle it till it's completely cool.

After it is cool.  Check with a fingernail and make sure the clay is not pliable.


Step 12: Drill Pilot Holes

I decided to use three screws to make sure the hook didn't swing around.  I'm a believer in over-building.  Probably two screws is enough.  Or maybe even one.

Anyway, make pilot holes for your screws.


Step 13: Mount on the Wall

Attach to the wall with screws.

Hang something up.

I'm not sure how much this can hold, but I'll let you know if it fails.


Comments

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Mrballeng (author)2013-11-21

Boiling clay!?! What a great tip.

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foobear (author)Mrballeng2013-11-21

isn't that great! No fumes! I think that is the best part of this idea

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lunakid (author)foobear2013-12-01

I like it the best, too. Thanks!

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samalert (author)2013-11-21

It looks so strong that even few extra pounds of me wouldnt hurt. Great work !

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foobear (author)samalert2013-11-22

thank you! I want to test it out and see just how much it can hold - maybe soon I will try heavier things and see how long it holds up

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kz1 (author)2013-11-23

Love the idea and the look of the hook. I think I might try to pour a bit of concrete reinforced with wire and see how that turns out. Also read about this plastic you can purchase pretty reasonably that mixes with a cataylist and hardens right up. The guy uses it for submersibles so it has too be awfully good. http://www.dascarplastics.com/

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lunakid (author)kz12013-12-01

Yes, yes, concrete with a piece of flexible iron -- great upgrade idea! Need to prepare the holes up front (or half-cured?), though, as drilling afterwards could be a depressing experience, I guess.

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foobear (author)kz12013-11-24

Thank you. Concrete is a good idea - and cheap too. I would be the wire wouldn't be necessary.

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rosewood513 (author)2013-11-28

I love this the only problem I am having is the cost of the clay. It is quiet expensive here.
But great Instructable thanks I will keep this in mnd.

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nwlaurie (author)2013-11-25

Very neat!
I've not come across 'Sculp[ey' yet but can't help wondering ... would a bought hook be cheaper? I still like the idea though.

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foobear (author)nwlaurie2013-11-25

Well, if you just want to buy a hook, this is the wrong website! =)

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nwlaurie (author)foobear2013-11-25

So true - Fortunately, like you, I'd rather make one!
In fact when my wife wanted just such a hook out in the gee-gee's yard a few weeks ago I used the 3D printer and about four hours of my life (after one - possibly two - failed attempts) to print one for her!

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foobear (author)nwlaurie2013-11-25

Hopefully if I ever get a 3d printer, they'll be faster by that time.

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nwlaurie (author)foobear2013-11-25

Don't count on it!

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foobear (author)nwlaurie2013-11-25

ok whatever

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bigb0986 (author)2013-11-25

great!

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Kevanf1 (author)2013-11-24

Another fantastic way of reusing old plastic HDPE bottles :) MAy I just suggest something though? How about, instead of using a hot knife to cut the handle out, just mark with something like a 'Sharpie' and cut it out with scissors. No fume hazard that way. It's how I always cut these bottles. I use them for all sorts from scoops to funnels (great for pouring motor oil into the car engine) or just the lower half of the bottle as a basin for when I strip down small things for cleaning. Well done :)

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foobear (author)Kevanf12013-11-25

Sure you can do that, I find the hot knife easier to control

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Ninzerbean (author)2013-11-25

Great! Thanks for sharing.

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foobear (author)Ninzerbean2013-11-25

thank you!

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marhar (author)2013-11-24

Great idea, looks like it works really well! I like the different material suggestions in the comments. That's how you know you've got a good instructable, it's easy for other people to "plus".

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macrumpton (author)2013-11-24

It is a nice idea, and well executed, but way too much work and cost for a coat hook. You could make an attractive serviceable sustainable hook out of a tree fork with a saw and a knife in about 10 minutes for free. Another approach if you really want to use the plastic might be to make a plaster or concrete mold and fill the mold with melted/softened plastic instead of expensive sculpy.

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TP_inc (author)2013-11-23

This looks very professional I almost thought it was 3D printed for a second Great Job!

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foobear (author)TP_inc2013-11-23

thanks! :)

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nyx702 (author)2013-11-22

Amazing idea. I want to make a batch of these just to have handy. Sculpty can be somewhat expensive. I might explore other materials...

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foobear (author)nyx7022013-11-23

cool, if you find something that works, let us know - sculpey is expensive, you're right

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jonc1 (author)2013-11-22

brilliant use of the old bottle. do you think filling it with hot glue would work as an alternative?

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foobear (author)jonc12013-11-22

I think that might work, yes

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TheGreatS (author)2013-11-21

Very well done. Bravo.

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foobear (author)TheGreatS2013-11-22

yay, thanks!

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jadeborade (author)2013-11-21

I like DIY! ;-D

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foobear (author)jadeborade2013-11-22

me too =)

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CaseyCase (author)2013-11-19

Very creative. I admire the fact that you were able to look at something as useless as an empty juice bottle and were able to repurpose it into something useful. Bravo!

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foobear (author)CaseyCase2013-11-20

thank you!