Paperclips??

March 25, 2009
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Was there discussion last year on how to use a paperclip to hold a name tag on a daffodil, for collections?  I have a memory of thinking that would be useful, but no memory of how to do it, and bending paperclips is getting me nowhere.  I don’t like the little paper cut-outs that a lot of people use successfully – mine end up being creased, crooked and messy.

Help??

Kathleen Simpson
WV – where things are starting to bloom

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3 responses to “Paperclips??”

  1. Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee Becky Fox Matthews says:

    Kirby showed us how to make them at the fall board meeting.  Kirby, could you possibly post a video on utube or write instructions?  When I attempted it, mine didn't turn out! ;->

    Becky Fox Matthews
    that daffy girl near Nashville


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    " type="cite">Was there discussion last year on how to use a paperclip to hold a name tag on a daffodil, for collections?  I have a memory of thinking that would be useful, but no memory of how to do it, and bending paperclips is getting me nowhere.  I don’t like the little paper cut-outs that a lot of people use successfully – mine end up being creased, crooked and messy.

    Help??

    Kathleen Simpson
    WV – where things are starting to bloom

    **************
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  2. Chriss Rainey says:

    After watching Kirby and buying the proper wire bender pliars which weren’t expensive, I’ve finally mastered it and I can turn out about 100, a small box of paper clips in an evening watching television.  The cost is $.99. 
     
    The trick is to get the paper clip completely straight before you begin bending it.  This needs to be done with another pair of flat headed pliars that can really flaten out the curves in the wire. 
     
    An advantage to these “handmade” pins is that they are not needle sharp on the ends like the brass pins and they don’t stick you when you reach in the container to get one out.  Ouch.
     
    Chriss

  3. George Dorner says:

    And, I’d like a source for the tool you used in your demo at Nashville. I have googled several times without success…. “wire bending pliers”, “wire loops”, etc.

    There are many references to such searches, but they all relate to jewelry (small loops), or watchmaking (very expensive tools). There is a 6 minute video on YouTube which gives a couple of insights, but Kirby’s technique deserves to be shared.