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Friday, November 15, 2013

Fly Hack: The Spool Minder

A better way to tame your spools

Here's another one of those "ah ha!" type tips on how to store and manage your spools of wire, tinsel, floss, v-rib or anything else that comes on a spool. And yes, it involves a trip to the Craft Store....

I'm pretty sure once you create and use a few of these little doo-dads, you won't go back to the free-wheeling spools like you might have done in the past.






The video explains it nicely below, but all you need are some 1/4"  or 6 to 7mm craft beads, some 1/4" elastic and some super glue. I usually make a "template" piece of elastic and cut a bunch of them at once using this piece to measure against. Then you just glue and let them dry. Easy as can be...







8 comments:

  1. soo, an even easier way to do this is just use the rio spindle wires that already have the hole in them. super glue the end then cut when it's dry. don't need the beads.

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    1. Are these from the tippet spool? If so, wouldn't they cost $3.75 each?

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  3. What super glue do you use. I tried gorilla super glue and it's not holding

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    1. Yeah, I haven't had good luck with Gorilla Glue on that either, unless you leave it clamped for a few minutes first. I usually use the brush-on Krazy brand super glue. It seems to set the quickest.

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  4. I have been racking my brain on something to use as spool tender or minder and currently using binder combs but this look simple and does the elastic hold the tension on spool?

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    1. Yep, it keeps the tension nice. I literally have probably 100 of these on all my spools of every material that comes on a spool

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