Paperclip Earrings
by Judy Larson
I knew I put what I was looking for in a place I would remember and be sure to find it. As that usually goes, I looked everywhere and still could not find it. BUT,what a light bulb moment when I looked in one of my desk drawers and saw the piles of dollar store paperclips. These paperclips have been in this drawer, which has been opened often, for at least ten years. Wow, what great shapes! What fun and funky earring dangle!
Instructions
Replicate the shape in wire
After measuring by eye, it seemed that 16 gauge wire was a good choice to use to copy the shape.Mark the wire for the first shape in one-inch increments and make a notation of how much wire was used so the shape can be replicated.Colored craft wire would be fabulous to use for these!
Judy Larson's Paperclip Earrings - Replicate the shape in wire, General Education, , paperclip earrings
Judy Larson's Paperclip Earrings - Replicate the shape in wire, General Education, , paperclip earrings
Go the FUN and FUNKY route and Use the paperclips as is
Make loops: Use round nose pliers to make a loop on one wire end. Be VERY careful. Too much pressure with roundnose pliers will split the plastic covering.Then attach to an ear wire.
Judy Larson's Paperclip Earrings - Go the FUN and FUNKY route and Use the paperclips as is, General Education, , paperclip earrings
Forego the loop
Plastic can be glued to plastic where noted by the arrows. Check the glue first on a piece not being used. Quick drying glues like a super glue can produce a non-removable white film in the glued area. Slide the shape onto an ear wire. It will naturally hang with the greatest weight of the piece toward the bottom
Judy Larson's Paperclip Earrings - Forego the loop, General Education, , paperclip earrings

Materials

16 Gauge Round Half Hard Argentium .930 Silver Wire
H19-16H
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $7.04
  • Gold Club Price: $5.28
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16 Gauge Turquoise Enameled Aluminum Wire - 100FT
H14-W16-100FT
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $9.00
  • Gold Club Price: $6.75
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Tools

Dual Size Round Nose Plier
G2-719
  • G2-719
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $34.95
  • Gold Club Price: $26.21
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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  • Category: General Education
  • Technique(s): General Education