Rather Strong Hook




I'm still continuing my fascination with what can be done with plastic bottles and lately I have been experimenting with making a wall hook out of the handle of an Odwalla bottle.

Step 1: Things You Need

A plastic bottle with an included handle, like an Odwalla bottle or vinegar bottle.
Small soda bottle cap
drill for hanging
drill bit for a pilot hole
three longish screws
polymer clay (or something else to fill the inside of it for strength)
  some commenters suggested using concrete instead - which is inexpensive and an interesting alternative
vapour mask and hot knife (or you can use scissors though I find the hot knife easier to control)
largish glass or plastic container
(optional) plastic paint

Step 2: Cut Away the Handle From the Bottle

Wearing the vapour mask, use the hot knife to extract the handle from the bottle as indicated.  

Step 3: Condition the Clay Filler

Condition the sculpey however you like.  I like to use a pasta machine and a drop of sculpey softener - especially since my clay has been sitting around a good while and is very crumbly and stiff.

Step 4: Roll the Clay Into a Long Tube

Roll a good amount of clay into a long tube that will slide easily through the handle.

Step 5: Pack the Clay Into the Handle

Slide the tube of clay into the hollow of the handle.

Step 6: Smoosh the Cap On

Put the cap on and smoosh the clay into it so it is completely filled

Pack it in there.

Step 7: Pack the Clay Into the Triangular Base

Pack the rest of the clay into the triangular base area.

(Try to do this with all one piece of clay.)

Aim for a very flat even surface.  

Step 8: Trim Away Excess Clay and Plastic

To neaten up the appearance - trim away any excess clay or plastic with an exacto knife

Step 9: Submerge in Water

Place the whole thing into a microwave-safe container so it is completely submerged.

Step 10: Microwave for Ten Minutes

Microwave on the normal (high) setting for 10 minutes to cure the clay.

Credit where it's due: I searched online and found this website where the author, Garie Sim, documents his successful experiments with microwaving polymer clay.  So Kudos to him for this great technique.

Step 11: Allow to Cool

Don't try to handle it till it's completely cool.

After it is cool.  Check with a fingernail and make sure the clay is not pliable.

Step 12: Drill Pilot Holes

I decided to use three screws to make sure the hook didn't swing around.  I'm a believer in over-building.  Probably two screws is enough.  Or maybe even one.

Anyway, make pilot holes for your screws.

Step 13: Mount on the Wall

Attach to the wall with screws.

Hang something up.

I'm not sure how much this can hold, but I'll let you know if it fails.



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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    thank you! I want to test it out and see just how much it can hold - maybe soon I will try heavier things and see how long it holds up


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Love the idea and the look of the hook. I think I might try to pour a bit of concrete reinforced with wire and see how that turns out. Also read about this plastic you can purchase pretty reasonably that mixes with a cataylist and hardens right up. The guy uses it for submersibles so it has too be awfully good. http://www.dascarplastics.com/

    Here's a link to an amazing site on many levels and full of information if you want to pay a visit. http://www.submarineboat.com/index.htm Well worth a vist!

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, yes, concrete with a piece of flexible iron -- great upgrade idea! Need to prepare the holes up front (or half-cured?), though, as drilling afterwards could be a depressing experience, I guess.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you. Concrete is a good idea - and cheap too. I would be the wire wouldn't be necessary.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I love this the only problem I am having is the cost of the clay. It is quiet expensive here.
    But great Instructable thanks I will keep this in mnd.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Very neat!
    I've not come across 'Sculp[ey' yet but can't help wondering ... would a bought hook be cheaper? I still like the idea though.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    So true - Fortunately, like you, I'd rather make one!
    In fact when my wife wanted just such a hook out in the gee-gee's yard a few weeks ago I used the 3D printer and about four hours of my life (after one - possibly two - failed attempts) to print one for her!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Another fantastic way of reusing old plastic HDPE bottles :) MAy I just suggest something though? How about, instead of using a hot knife to cut the handle out, just mark with something like a 'Sharpie' and cut it out with scissors. No fume hazard that way. It's how I always cut these bottles. I use them for all sorts from scoops to funnels (great for pouring motor oil into the car engine) or just the lower half of the bottle as a basin for when I strip down small things for cleaning. Well done :)

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