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Red Over Blue20 Jun 2015 11:43 a.m. PST

Hello TMP,

I have just finished an article outlining my simple method for mass producing great looking barbed wire obstacles, come take a look!


CeruLucifus20 Jun 2015 1:04 p.m. PST

Nice work. Those look great.

Oddball20 Jun 2015 5:26 p.m. PST

That is great work. I have to make about 20 feet for W.W. I games. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

kallman20 Jun 2015 7:34 p.m. PST

That was brilliant!

deephorse22 Jun 2015 3:05 a.m. PST

If you use sealing wire


you can probably do away with all of Step 1.

It works for my 20mm games anyway.

Skeptic22 Jun 2015 6:57 p.m. PST

What is sealing wire used for? Like fuse wire, I don't think that I've seen it on this side of the Pond…

Druzhina22 Jun 2015 8:19 p.m. PST

Sealing wire is used to detect tampering. A small lead seal (think wax pendant seal) is crimped onto the 2 ends of a loop of wire that has been passed through whatever is to be protected (eg an electricity meter).

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deephorse23 Jun 2015 2:03 a.m. PST

As Druzhina says. I've only ever seen it used on electricity meters, but since you can buy it by the kg in the UK it must be used to discourage tampering in many fields.

If it's not available in the US then don't omit Step 1!

No longer can support TMP23 Jun 2015 6:43 a.m. PST

I had my own go at making barbed wire obstacles:



TheGaffer27 Jun 2015 5:42 a.m. PST

Hey Deephorse,
Where do you buy the sealing wire? That stuff looks great.

deephorse27 Jun 2015 6:29 a.m. PST

It is readily available in the UK, in the USA it appears to be called lashing wire, I think.

I found one source with a quick bit of searching;


There must be many more.

TheGaffer27 Jun 2015 6:33 a.m. PST

I found it here as well, but it is sold in industrial units mostly; minimum order of $46 USD for 1000 10" lengths. I've found a spool on line for about $14 USD plus $7 USD shipping.

Pegasus barbed wire is $10 USD for 39 feet by comparison, which is about all I'll need.

chrisswim29 Jul 2015 11:50 a.m. PST

Where did you find it here? Do you have a link by chance?
thank you,

number429 Jul 2015 8:25 p.m. PST

I bought mine on ebay and have a second roll on the way from China right now. I ordered it in copper which will tarnish naturally without the need for painting


chrisswim30 Jul 2015 8:27 a.m. PST

number 4,
Those look great, thank you for posting your pic.
Thank you, can you post the link to auction, if possible. my Facebook is Chris's Micro armor. PM if you would be so kind.
Thank you,

Jemima Fawr31 Jul 2015 4:35 a.m. PST

'Sealing wire' is also known in engineering as 'locking wire'. It's used to secure castle nuts, split-pins and the like. I get mine from friendly RAF technicians… :)

Personal logo Steve Roper Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2015 9:04 p.m. PST

I ordered mine from ebay – auction

grambo09 Aug 2015 2:47 a.m. PST

Very nicely done, looks realistic.

Funny enough I was starting to look at how to produce barbed wire myself for FoW. SnM stuff sells this great barbed wire product too, ready made you just need to wrap it around a pencil (or whatever) and then stake it down. Available in various lengths and pretty cheap :)


Hope this proves useful too.


Mechanical21 Aug 2015 5:25 p.m. PST

Good article

Dunfalach24 Aug 2015 12:22 p.m. PST

I just received a couple of packs of the SnM Stuff barbed wire in the mail today. Upon examining it up close, it looks to be essentially the same thing as sealing wire but wound more tightly so useful for smaller scale. I will caveat, however, that the comparison is from looking at sealing wire photos and not from handling sealing wire myself.

Tunniesterrain18 Oct 2015 6:48 a.m. PST

The electricians security sealing wire can be obtained, in the UK, from a company called 'Stephen P Wales' at about £20.00 GBP for a 200 metre roll. If soaked in white vinegar over night and left to dry it will rust. You can either leave it like that or it will take paint a lot easier because the shine has gone.

Lion in the Stars18 Oct 2015 7:45 a.m. PST

'Sealing wire' is also known in engineering as 'locking wire'. It's used to secure castle nuts, split-pins and the like. I get mine from friendly RAF technicians… :)
Lockwire (aka safety wire in the US) is a single strand of stainless steel (or brass). And rather spendy. link

I'd get the .020" or .025" diameter wire, personally.

mgk416719 Oct 2015 10:42 p.m. PST

The other option is to use fly wire screening. Make sure it is the rigid aluminium type rather than plastic. Cut down the rows so that you cut through the cross members leaving them attached as your barbs. Wind them around a pencil and you have a very pleasing result as shown, complete with barbs.



Alan Lauder22 Oct 2015 4:46 a.m. PST

Excellent ideas all – but I must try the fly wire – nice one mgk4167

War Monkey04 Nov 2015 7:41 p.m. PST

I really like the looks of the fly-wire. thumbs up

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