How to Make Handcuffs Out of String

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How to Make Handcuffs Out of String
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Simplistic handcuffs have been found dating back to 2000 B.C. Since then, many materials have been used to construct handcuffs, including bronze, rope, steel, and even plastic. Sometimes, however, the real object is not necessary. When these times arise, knowing how to make soft and safe handcuffs at home can save you money. With a few simple tools, make your own pair of string handcuffs.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Razor (or other precision knife)
  • Eyeletting device
  • Eyeletting pliers
  • Belt
  • Measuring tape
  • 4 Eyelets and washers
  • 1 Pair of shoelaces
  • Leather punch tool

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  1. 1

    Measure your wrists or the wrists of the person who will be wearing the cuffs with the measuring tape. Add about 1.5 inches to this measurement to ensure comfort while wearing the cuffs. Use your razor or a very sharp pair of scissors to cut off two lengths of belt that are the length of your adjusted measurement.

  2. 2

    Mark the holes on the belt for the eyelets at about 1 inch from the ends of the belt pieces. Using the leather punch tool, make your holes at these marks. Use the leather punch tool, followed by the razor in a twisting motion, to enlarge the eyelet holes.

  3. 3

    Make the holes slowly and check them repeatedly against your eyelets' diameter so as not to make them too large. This will ensure the eyelets do not move around once in place.

  4. 4

    Put your eyelets in place once the holes in the belt pieces are large enough. Put the eyelet on the outside of the belt and the washer on the part the belt that will be facing your skin.

  5. 5

    Squeeze the washer and the eyelet together through the belt using eyelet pliers. The pointed side of the eyelet pliers will go into the washer. Squeeze tightly until the two pieces are bonded together. A hammer can also be used here if eyelet pliers are unavailable.

  6. 6

    Run one of the shoelaces through each of the eyelet holes in the belt lengths. Knot the two shoelaces to hold them together. To ensure they are neither too loose nor too tight, you might wait until the cuffs are on the wearer before tying them.

Tips and warnings

  • You could also tie permanent knots in the shoelaces around the cuffs, then use a small rope to connect the two.
  • If you do not have a squeezable eyeletting tool, check out Scrapjazz's eyelet setting instructions below.
  • Ensure that metallic parts do not have any sharp edges after finishing. File if necessary.

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