**Disclaimer: Wire under tension can be dangerous, it may be unstable and can snap/release at any moment. I am not responsible for lost/damaged eyes, fleshwounds or decapitated housepets. Do not play with wire under tension if you lack common sense. Wear appropriate puncture/shatterproof safety equipment**
Create a nearly invisible tension based curtain system for $3 (curtains exluded).
Step 1: Gather Materials/ Search Couch Cushions for Funds.
You will need:
Steel wire (not sure of the gauge but it looks to be about 14)
Numerous alligator clip hooks
Solid surface (not drywall) in which to mount the wire.
Step 2: Wiring the Screws.
Measure the amount of wire you will need and add 10cm.
Tightly wrap the wire several times just under the head of the screw; this should use 5 cm of wire for each screw.
Repeat process for second screw.
You should have very little slack left in your wire when coiling is finished, this is required for the 3rd step.
Step 3: Drive Your Screws.
Hold on to the wire with a pair of pliers or your good old fashioned digits near the base of the coil while dirving screws; this will prevent premature wire wrapping. Ensure the screw is as tight as possible.
Repeat for second screw; release the wire once the coil at the base of the screwhead is touching your mounting medium. Continue tightening until it will no longer turn, this will turn the wire coil and establish tension along the wire.
Step 4: Add Support
Find your center and drive a screw into your mounting medium at the same height as the wire. Leave 5mm of screw poking out and hook your wire into the gap.
Step 5: Add Curtains.
Using alligator clip hooks, attach your curtain to the wire. Be careful not to apply too much weight on any given spot as you do not yet know if your rig will hold.
Step back (quickly if you have doubts)
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