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Curved-Wire Memo Holder

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Clips attached to the graceful curves of this desktop or tabletop accessory can be used to hold photos, notes, and cards.

Wire and clip memo/photo holder

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools & Materials

Tools

  • Drill and 1/4-in bit
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Epoxy adhesive

Materials

  • Contemporary bun foot, #71651
  • 16-gauge galvanized wire, 100 feet, #62966
  • 2 - alligator clips, packs of 4, #475357

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Instructions

Step 1

Use pliers to unscrew the metal hardware from the bun foot. On the other, smaller end of the bun foot, mark an X between the corners to find the center.

Step 2

At the center of the X, drill a 1/4-inch hole about halfway through the bun foot.

Step 3

Bend wire around a roll of tape

Cut three pieces of wire 13 inches long and three pieces 18 inches long. Using an object such as a paint can or roll of tape, bend a smooth arc at the top end of each wire. At the very tip, make a 90-degree bend on a section only about 1/8 inch long.

Step 4

Attach a clip to the wire end

Insert a clip so that the tip of the end extends through the hole in the side of a clip. Then use pliers to bend the clip around the wire, holding it in place. Repeat for the remaining five wires and clips.

Good to Know

If you plan to apply the finish of your choice to the bun foot (Rare Sienna shown), do so before starting the next step.

Step 5

Mix a small amount of epoxy adhesive and deposit it in the hole in the leg, filling it about a third full. Insert the ends of the wires so they’re distributed in a circle, alternating between the long and short wires. Allow the epoxy to set before bending the wires into their final positions. Estimated cost: $21 plus paint or clear finish.