Construction Directions

Students will post clear, step-by-step
construction directions, including needed materials and costs, on their website.

There are a number of steps in creating Adapted Rock Climbing Gloves. First please gather all the materials listed below. All materials can be found at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ace Hardware, or probably any local hardware store.

Prices not included for assumed common household items, such as screwdriver, cups, and parchment paper. 

Materials Used and Approximate Costs:

1 pair safety goggles $3.97 (not necessary but why take the risk)

1 lighter $1

7 feet of large braided nylon rope, 50 pound limit or more, such as for suspending or tying down heavy objects $9

20 feet of thin nylon rope, 15 pound limit is plenty $6.49

1 plastic cup filled with water

1 pair of gardening gloves with friction grip on one side, one size larger than student’s hands $6.49

1 screwdriver- flathead preferably but phillips is fine too (minus sign screwdriver or plus sign screwdriver)

glue- non toxic, such as Weldbond. A toxic glue may be ok, but as the dried clue will likely come in contact with your client’s skin, better not to risk it. $4.99

*optional- super glue or gorilla glue to secure the rope to the glove $4.98

4 PVC 1/2 inch pipe end caps, should be slightly larger than the gloves, $2

2 feet of parchment paper

1 pair scissors

1 pair household gloves to protect your hands from glue and heat

3 wire rope clips, 3/8 inch galvanized steel. 2-  1/2 inch clips and 1- 1 inch in size. $6

Flat-Nose Pliers

Measuring tape



1. Cut 8 pieces of rope, each approximately 20 inches in length.


2. Lightly touch the ends of each piece to the lighter flame to melt the ends and clean up the fraying ends of the rope after cutting.

3. Cool rope in cup of water for 1 second


4. Tie one end of each rope into a small overhand knot.


5. Turn gloves inside out (this is the most difficult and time consuming step by far), then briefly dip each finger in water.


NOTE: For Ease and Cost Reduction, prepare 1 glove at a time. The next steps will follow that method instead of gluing everything together at the same time.

6. Cut 4, 1-2 inch squares of parchment paper and put them into the PVC cups


7. Put a small dab, smaller than a pea, of superglue onto each knot.

8. Place the knots into individual cups, putting each cup next to each other.

9. Squeeze non-toxic glue into cups, 1 teaspoon or more per cup.


10. Place each glove finger into each cup, pushing in with a screwdriver.


11. Wait 1 hour or more, then remove gloves from cups carefully to let the glue dry and cure.


12. Repeat steps 6-11 for second glove.

13. Wait 24 hours for glue to completely dry and cure.

14. Carefully turn gloves rightside out.


15. Tie the ends of the ropes on the gloves into an overhand knot (1 knot per glove).


16. Take clips apart and put both the thinner ropes and the one larger rope into the clip.


17. Tighten nuts on clip as tightly as possible using pliers


18. Make sure ropes are secure and attached in the clips.


19. Find the middle of the large rope and cut rope in half.

20. Melt rope at both cut points to clean up frayed ends. Dip ends in water.


21. Attach cut rope to clip.


21. Have student put on gloves (small ropes going to inside wrist, not back of hand) and adjust length of rope per each glove using the clip to let the extra length hang free.


22. Check length of gloves. If created correctly one hand should contract when the other hand reaches out.

23. Go rock climbing!

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