Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Shrink Tube Zipper Pull

I recently had to replace the zipper pull tab on a jacket due to it being damaged so I decided on making a rubber coated pull tab that I've seen one a few items before. It's pretty easy and only comprises of some 550 cord and heat shrink tubing used for splicing electrical wires.

After cutting off the original zipper pull tab from the zipper cut a piece of 550 cord to the length you need. Pull out the inner strands if need be. Then feed the cord through the zipepr pull. I then use a lighter to melt the ends of the cord to prevent fraying and also, while the cord is still hot, I pinch the two ends of the cord together so that they are attached . This not only prevents fraying but makes feeding the cord through the shrink tube easier. Then cut a length of shrink tube that will fit between the zipper and the knot that you will tie in the 550 cord. Feed the 550 cord through the shrink tube, tie a knot in the end of the 550 cord and then use a hair dryer on high to shrink the shrink tube.... that simple.

1 comment:

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