How to Make an Emergency Coiling Tool
by Stephanie Eddy
It never fails. I plan, I pack, I forget something vital to complete a jewelry project. One summer, while fishing with my husband, I found myself in the middle of Canada with no coiling tool. Fortunately we were staying in our RV and there were wire coat hangers in
the closet.
Instructions
All you need is a wire coat hanger plus cutters, chain-nose pliers, a file, and tape. Using the bottom straight side of the hanger, cut 12".
Stephanie Eddy's How to Make an Emergency Coiling Tool - , Tool Tips, , cut the hanger
Use a file or sandpaper to remove any burrs from each end. This will allow the coil to slide off the rod. No file or sandpaper? A cement slab or other rough surface may also work to smooth the ends of the rod.
Stephanie Eddy's How to Make an Emergency Coiling Tool - , Tool Tips, , file the end
About 1-inch from an end, use the chain-nose pliers to bend the end at a 90 degree angle.
Stephanie Eddy's How to Make an Emergency Coiling Tool - , Tool Tips, , bend the end
Make a second 90 degree angle to form a crank.
Stephanie Eddy's How to Make an Emergency Coiling Tool - , Tool Tips, , bend the wire
Wrap a piece of tape in the corner of the second angle. The tool is complete!
Stephanie Eddy's How to Make an Emergency Coiling Tool - , Tool Tips, , add tape
To use the tool, anchor the wire (from the spool) by wrapping several times around the rod just below the tape. Bring the wire behind the top angle, over the top of the rod to the front.
Stephanie Eddy's How to Make an Emergency Coiling Tool - , Tool Tips, , anchor the wire
Place your forefinger and thumb tightly over the top of the rod where the wire and rod intersect. Grip the rod so that it fits into the palm area of your hand and is anchored with your pinky finger.
Stephanie Eddy's How to Make an Emergency Coiling Tool - , Tool Tips, , anchor the wire
Begin turning the crank forward, away from you. Your forefinger and thumb should remain over the main coiling area at all times to hold the tension.
Stephanie Eddy's How to Make an Emergency Coiling Tool - , Tool Tips, , begin turning the crank
Check the coiling formation periodically. If the wire separates, push it together and continue.
Stephanie Eddy's How to Make an Emergency Coiling Tool - , Tool Tips, , continue turning the crank
To remove, cut the wire between the tape. slide off. Trim ends.
Stephanie Eddy's How to Make an Emergency Coiling Tool - , Tool Tips, , trim and remove

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  • Category: Tool Tips
  • Technique(s): Coiling