Snare Wire From a Zipper

Introduction: Snare Wire From a Zipper

About: I am a teenager, building since I was 4 (and soldering since I was 7). I enjoy building things and inventing all kinds of little projects, some of which I share here!

We all have one of those days where you get lost in the woods all by yourself and happen to get very hungry. Don't worry, we've all been in that sort of scenario. Sarcasm aside, if you go into the woods at all you should know how to take care of yourself in a disaster, and getting food is one of your more important tasks. Best of all, this is all done with a tool you (hopefully) have in the wilderness: a knife.

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Step 1: Zipper Salvaging

The zipper I used is from a sweater. However, I used the sweater because it was a zipper I had on hand- If you are lost in the woods, keep your sweater and use a zipper from something less important, such as the pocket or a handbag, or whatever.
To remove the zipper from its host, I cut the end a little and pulled it the rest of the way, until I had one zipperless sweater and two sweaterless zippers. In the rest of this instrucstable, I only focus on one. Don't get confused, just repeat the steps with the other zipper after you are done with zipper #1.

Step 2: Salvaging the Wire

After I had the zipper, all I had to do was extract the wire. You may have noticed that what appears to be individual pieces of the zipper are actually one wire that has been sewed onto a singe string. This lowers costs for the producers, and it leaves us with a nice, long wire. 
In order to remove the stitching holding the zipper down, I held the bade at 90 degrees from the zipper, and while avoiding bearing down, I scraped back and forth to tear up the stitching. 
Remember, this is scraping, not cutting!
With the stitching removed, all it took was to pull the two apart : the wire gets pulled one way,  and the center string gets pulled the other.

Step 3: More Pulling It Apart, Straightening, and Other Creative Titles

We now have ourselves a coiled up piece of wire. In order to make it not coiled up anymore, I pulled it apart and it became much longer. However, it is not the smooth wire we will need for a snare. In order to smooth it, I used it in the same manner I would a survival saw (place in a gap under something you wish to cut, pull one end then the other while keeping the line taut. Bare in mind this is not a survival saw and will not cut things very well.). The first image is of how I did this, the second is of how it turned out after a little bit, and finally is the finished piece.

Step 4: And Finally...

After doing this for a bit, I managed to get a bit that was fairly smooth. I did find that doing this too vigorously would end up snapping the wire, but it still has a decent strength (More that enough for a rabbit) and in removing the wire you get the string from the inside. The amount shown in the photo here is perhaps a quarter of the total salvaged.

Please let me know your thoughts and comments, as well as questions. As always, have a nice day!

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    Very awesome, check out this snare:


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Aha! At last a use for a totally broken zipper.