In this Instructable, I demonstrate a way to make a chain from a PVC pipe.
It's a pretty simple and cheap thing to do.
What will you need:
- PVC pipe
- Some kind of cutting tool (e.g rotary tool, saw, pipe cutter)
- Sandpaper or sanding tool
- A blade that you can attach to a soldering iron or a blade and a candle.
I started with a short PVC pipe.
I used a rotary tool and a custom made attachment to cut 60 rings.
Of course, you don't need an attachment to do it.
A rotary tool or a saw will do just fine.
You can also use a pipe cutter.
Then I changed the rotary tool's accessory to a sanding disk and sanded those rings a little bit.
Make sure to wear a respirator when sanding and cutting PVC pipes.
Expect to have a lot of dust.
I could have made a chain with round rings, but I wanted it to look more traditional.
I heated up the rings with a heat gun for around 10 - 15 seconds.
Then I slid them onto a USB card reader. It happened to be a perfect shape for this project.
When the links were formed, I did the same thing with rest of the rings.
I made a cut in every other link.
Then I joined them.
I attached a blade to my soldering iron to make the procedure easier.
Alternatively you can heat up the blade on a candle or torch.
I used the blade to melt the plastic. Then I pressed the link together to close it.
Our PVC Chain is ready!