Intro: Ducktape Wallet With Anti-Scan Lining and Flexible Reinforcing
Sitting down in the car, or at work, eventually ruins those neat aluminium wallets.
Step 1: Another Broken Anti-scan Wallet
I have transferred them to coats and jackets when I could, but usually they are in my trouser pocket where they eventually get deformed beyond the point of use.
You can see the black duct tape repair I tried. It didn't work for long.
Then I saw some excellent ducktape wallets on this site, but I didn't need all the pockets shown on some so I made my own
It has just 3 internal slots inside for 2 cards and some loose notes. All I need.
Step 2: The Plastic Structure
I used the plastic used for damp-proof courses for the structure.
It normally goes in between house bricks to stop moisture from the ground eventually reaching the house.
I had a roll in the garage that has been there for some time. Theres always loads left after a few house repairs.
But I imagine that you could use any similar flexible plastic, for example from some packaging.
This plastic is 4.5 inches wide which is just right to allow some room in the wallet for card removal.
I cut a length off the roll at 9.5 inches long.
I then put creases at 3.5 inches along and 7.0 inches along from one end.
I cut off/trimmed the corners at approximately 30 degrees for 1.25 inches by 1.0 again approximately, just so it looks better and the corner doesn't dig into my pockets as the prototype did.
See the pictures as its tricky to describe.
Step 3: Add the Aluminium Foil Anti-scan Lining
Also from the builders merchant is adhesive aluminium tape used to seal gaps between polycarbonate sheet insulation.
Yes I had some of this too, but it is about £1.00 a roll from a discount/bargain tool shop. You could glue on kitchen foil, it gets hidden anyway.
You don't have to use it if you don't fear your money being taken by someone with a scanner.
Step 4: Adding the Internal Divisions
For the internal divider another length of damp proof plastic at 6.0 inches in length is cut, then folded in half.
The width is left alone.
This is then taped down using a piece of duct tape, half on the outer part and half on the folded divider component, as shown.
Take a little time to line it up, as you only get one chance. The duct tape will remove the foil if you are unlucky. I stuck it on half way on the folded bit first and then tried to line it up the the outer parts fold.
Then apply tape to the other side to secure it better.
You may need to trim off sticking out plastic at the sides if it is slightly out of line, like I did. It doesn't matter as it will not affect the function of the divider.
Step 5: Add More Duct Tape to the Inside
Add tape to cover what will be the inside of the wallet. This secures the centre component better as at the moment this is only stuck to the foil.
You won't be able to get at the inside divider bit once its folded and taped over.
I didn't tape all the divider, it then looks black when you look inside.
Step 6: Fold the Outer Part Over and Tape.
Tape the outer halves of the case closed, one side at a time worked for me.
Make it neat as this is visible.
Don't tape the lid down.
Step 7: Add the Lid Fastener
You have a choice here.
No fastener. -It still works without one.
Adhesive velcro tape or dots.
Adhesive magnetic strip. (I'm sure there are others)
I chose the last one. Cheap to buy and easy to use.
Stick one side on the lid where you think it will be ok for you. Judge for yourself from the picture. I didn't use any measurements for this.
Then put the 2 sides of the magnetic strip together, peel the tape off to reveal the other adhesive part, then fold it over carefully so that the other magnetic strip sticks to the case.
This will help ensure that you have a good chance that they they line up correctly. Press down hard to get the glue to adhere properly. Open it up and it should continue to fold and re-attach magnetically every time.
You will have to allow some time for the lid crease to give in a little as it will still fight the magnets for a short time.
A few hours in your warm pocket will sort this out.
Step 8: Put You Cards and Dosh In.
I have found that this wallet is much better than expected.
It doesn't leave a lump on my back pocket as the aluminium one does.
It sits pretty flat and flexes easily to match your posture.
Sitting down is no longer a worry, I no longer hear the aluminium ones creak in pain.
Many thanks to the other duct tape pioneers who led the way.
Thanks to the helpful lady in Wickes too.