That's even better than the "poor man's kit", it's the "broke man's kit", I can do that! Thanks!Quite sure you can get by with a ruler, some mechanics wire, and a piece of coat hanger.
I use a wire fid, which can be bought for around $12. However I bought 170' of .045" Piano wire for $10 so I have an quasi-unlimited supply. In addition to a wire fid you will need, a tape measure/yard stick, a sharpie, a sewing awl or marlin spike, a good needle (I use doll needles), whipping, pliers, masking tape, and something strong to pull against. Some scraps of rope and a carabiner or two can be helpful as well
If you are interested, when I send out your stuff I can include enough piano wire to make your own small and large wire fids, 20' of whipping (I have a 500' spool), and a needle. So the only things you would have to buy would be an awl/marlin spike, assuming you have pliers, masking tape, ruler/yardstick and a sharpie.
Awl - $3 http://www.amazon.com/Tailoring-Supplies-Precision-Crafted-Awl/dp/B008EUIRSU/ref=sr_1_3?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1369344515&sr=1-3&keywords=awl
Marlin Spike - $21 https://www.treestuff.com/store/catalog.asp?category_id=298&item=1869
I have an awl and its fine, but a Marlinspike seems like it would be better.
You could likely do some basic double braids with a coat hanger, a needle and a sharpie but thats barebones. One other thing I would highly recommend is a Sail Palm, it will save you pain, suffering and time. A sail palm is a strap of leather that holds a sewing thimble inside the fat of your thumb so you can easily and safely push a needle through the throat of the splice which can be really difficult. I seem to need pliers to pull it through the other side usually but maybe I am doing something wrong.
Sail Palm $22 -
While you are at it get a Speedy Stitching Awl (not the same as the awl I listed above, totally different function) for $14. It isnt really used in splicing but its super handy for making homemade stuff.
Nick,It is much easier and more enjoyable with proper tools. I will send you piano wire, needle and whipping. Buy an Awl for <$5 at Joann fabrics or any craft store.And scissors, it cant be done without scissors.
FWIW, 10mm OP will be hard with a coat hanger.