Intro: Magnetic Fingertip Gloves
Sometimes when working on cars or other projects I thought it would be helpful to have magnetic fingers. Holding screws or nuts while streching your arm inside an engine can be difficult. So I put some magnets in the finger tips of one of my mechanic's gloves and on the back of the other. It is quite handy.
I like these because the magnet is inside the glove and the project looks nice and clean.
It looks like someone is trying to market these online but why buy when you can make?
Step 1: Turn Gloves Inside Out and Pick the Stitching Out of the Fingertips
I decided to put magnets in the index and middle fingers of my left hand glove. I'm right handed and usually I need to hold the screws etc in my left.
I got the gloves at home depot, I liked them because they have the leather on the palm and another layer of fabric on the inside so it was easy to put the magnet in and keep it in its own "pouch"
Unpick the stitching about 1/4" on each finger in which you want to place the magnets.
Step 2: Insert the Magnet and Close the Wound
Insert the magnet into the pouch and then sew the fingertip back up. I placed the magnet so it was on the thumb side of the index finger. I did not want the magnet over the fingerprint area as it would make the glove less usable.
Next photo: stitch the gloves back together. Notice that the factory stitching keeps the magnet in the tip of the glove. so this is pretty easy to do.
If you want to place the magnet on one side you can put a couple of stitches right below it to keep in where you want it.
Step 3: Use Glove to Hold Screws
Ok.. Now you can use the glove to pick up small metal parts or hold them steady while trying to work with them.
Any Ideas on making these more useful? I would love to hear them.