Winter means more pool roll practices. I need nose clips for chlorine pools!
Why make your own nose clips? They only cost $8 each.
- Because you can
- Because you don’t like paying $8
- (Me) Because you seem to need/lose a pair and a whitewater shop isn’t convenient/quick enough
You can find quite a few “recipes” on the net. Quite a few use copper wire and glue small squares of minicell or foam or rubber (or a combination). I think I have seen at least one method online that uses Sugru (at least I know I got this idea from someone else – not my original concept!) That is what I am showing here – they use copper wire and a self-curing rubber called Sugru. The Sugru cures harder than minicell, but I think the end product is more durable.
Cost of these nose plugs is less than $1.50 each. Biggest cost is a 5g package of Sugru, which has enough for 2 pairs. An 8 pack cost about $20 or so with shipping.
Instructions don’t require words. Just look at the pictures. You need:
- Tool(s) for cutting and bending and stripping copper wire
- 12 gauge (some use 14, I prefer the more rigid 12) wire
- a 5g package of sugru
Cut wire to size (I use 12 gauge, some like 14 gauge). Strip ends and bend. Use trial and error to fit your nose – the bent loops should be positioned where most confortable. Wire is cheap, so play with it!
Open Sugru, separate into 4 pieces, flatten each and wrap around bent end of wire, mold with fingers. Working time is 30 minutes, curing time is 24 hours. Finish product (the sugru) is hard with a slight bit of flex – enough that my nose doesn’t mind!