How to Make Barbed Wire

Barbed wire.
What You'll Need
Galvanized steel or aluminum wire
Tin snips
Heavy work gloves
Eye protection
Long sleeve shirt
Concrete block

Barbed wire has several key uses which make it an important fixture to individuals and installations. Barbed wire isn't that difficult to make but it does take a lot of time and considerable strength. When it's all said and done you will most likely save more money buying barbed wire than if you made barbed wire yourself. The process used to make barbed wire will be very taxing to your physical well-being. Expect to have hurt hands at the end as well as bleeding in at least one spot on your body. The article that follows will provide you the information needed to make your own barbed wire.

Step 1 - Cut the Wire

Determine how much barbed wire you wish to make. It is a good idea to make a very small piece so you get the hang of how it is done and to see if you still wish to try. Whenever you make barbed wire you will always use twice as much wire as what you need. Aluminum is a better choice because it is more light weight and easier to handle. Steel is, however, more element proof than aluminum but it is also more expensive and difficult to work with. Since you already know how long you want the barbed wire to be you can easily determine how many barbs you will require. Take the total feet of the wire and change that into inches then divide those 2 to 4 inches depending on if you want barbs every 2 inches or every 4 inches. Cut a stretch of wire and then cut that wire into 4-inch long pieces for as many barbs as you need.

Step 2 - Twist Wire

Safety is a priority and a very real concern. Make sure you are wearing your long sleeve shirt, heavy work gloves, and protective glasses. You cannot easily twist wire. Line the two pieces of wire up next to each. Grip both wires somewhere down the line with the wrench. Grip the other end with the pliers. With a firm grip begin twisting the two strands of wire until they are one piece. Continue down the length of the wire until both wires are firmly twisted together.

Step 3 - Make the Barbs

Wrapping barbs around the wire is no easy task. The barbs work double duty to make sure the twisted pair wire stays together as well as the acting security deterrent. Choose an end to start with and place the twisted wire on top of the barb. Place a concrete block on top of the twisted wire to weigh it down. Grip each end of the barb with the pliers and wrench then pull them toward each other. Continue doing this until the barb is coiled around the wire two to three times. Add as many barbs as you want then snip the ends on an angle to form a point.