Introduction: 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.
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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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