How to Make Fake Barbed Wire With Leather

About: My name is Sabine. I'm a hobbyist with a variety of interests which includes 3D printing, tinkering, music, stories etc.

Last Halloween I needed harmless and safe barbed wire to accomplish my costume. Instead of buying pre-built barbed wire made out of leather I decided to make it on my own.

Step 1: The Leather Strap

Due to the lack of silver leather straps I used a black and a natural leather strap and painted it with silver acrylic paint.

Step 2: The Assembly

I've cut the leahter strap into different pieces and added the fake sharp edges or spikes arranged at intervals along the twirly strand. The cutting edge was covert with silver acrylic paint at last.

The cutting edge looks best when it's cut diagonal.

The entire assembly can be seen in the video.

Step 3: The Knots (close-up)

Due to some suggestions in the comments I made a short close-up video. I had no silver leather left over so I used black and red. The red leather was really soft, softer than the acrylic painted silver one.

The length of the pieces are exemplarily and fit to the diameter of my leather (2 mm). If you use thicker leather your pieces have to be longer I guess. Take a longer piece and wrapp it around the twirly strand so many times you like it, maybe 3 or 4 times. Finish the knot by pulling the long side through the loop. Cut off the expendable part. Open the knot and you have your perfect length. This piece will be your reference.

The knot allows you to move it along the twirly strand to find the perfect place to match your costume or prop. After I found all my perfect places I hot glued it to give it more stability.

Step 4: Thank You ...

... for reading, watching and paying attention. I hope you found this helpful and/or inspiring.

Please let me know if you've made it by yourself - maybe in a rusty-old steam punk or colorful rainbow design.

Hopefully Auf Wiedersehen in one of my next instructables.

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    LeslieGeee

    15 days ago on Step 4

    Well done thank you for sharing. My question is, why did you not add the small piece of leather in the beginning and adjust it after the wraps were made? Seems to me it would be simpler?

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    alleshochladenLeslieGeee

    Reply 15 days ago

    Like TechDeals always says: Good question. Glad you asked.
    Believe it or not: That is exactly what I've asked myself yesterday evening after finishing the close-up video. When I did the instructable in october last year the idea didn't came up to me. It isn't very easy to hold the pieces because the leather sometimes has it's own will. I guess it would have been less time-consuming. But that's the interesting part in my opinion: There ist no "only right way" to do this. It is just one of many ways. There is always a learning curve and a motivation to find a more efficient option.Please let me know if your idea worked better.

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    LeslieGeeealleshochladen

    Reply 15 days ago

    i agree that there are many ways to do a thing :) I just thought you may have tried what I was thinking and found a problem with doing it that way. Best to ask when not sure :) May I ask If you used 2mm leather lacing in the original silver version?

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    alleshochladenLeslieGeee

    Reply 14 days ago

    Your're welcome. The questions and discussions are helping me to make my instructable better; revealing errors or omissions. The response so far is way more I've expected. So, I thank you.

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    chandab

    Question 15 days ago

    What are the measurements on the extra pieces/wrapped pieces to make the barbs?

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    alleshochladenchandab

    Answer 15 days ago

    I've added two pictures with the measurements today. BUT: At least the length depends on the thickness and stiffness of your leather. Take a longer piece and wrapp it around the twirly strand so many times you like it, maybe 3 or 4 times. Finish the knot by pulling the long side through the loop. Cut off the expendable part. Open the knot and you have your perfect length. This piece will be your reference.

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    Mattcais3

    16 days ago

    Very nice....I would just echo dannesys’ comment about the knotting. Very difficult to see clearly.

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    alleshochladenMattcais3

    Reply 15 days ago

    Thank you very much. I've made a close-up video. Maybe you find this helpful.

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    dannesys

    16 days ago on Step 2

    Love the whole idea! It looks SO realistic. If it were not for the acrylic paint, my budgie would adore chewing and playing with it ... and this would look so mad & dangerous for any visitor! The knots are tricky to see being made but zooming in works well. Perhaps for non-knotters, some extra help for those might be good. Thank you for posting !

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    alleshochladendannesys

    Reply 16 days ago

    Thank's a lot. I hope you will find a way to replace the acrylic paint.

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    ArleyB1

    16 days ago

    Well done . I will use this as I work with leather tooling and a maker .

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    alleshochladenArleyB1

    Reply 16 days ago

    Thank you very much. I am overwhelmed by the positive response.

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    marc.ludena

    16 days ago

    great idea. now i'm thinking about some cool use for this.

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