Back again! Today I have a super fun tutorial for you guys. It's a design for turning an alligator clip into a beauteous, embellished badge holder.
Isn't it neato? This little project came to me like a bolt from the blue, and I love it lots!
I started with this alligator clip, which has a hole in the middle of the cylinder-shaped body:
I gathered a headpin, some beads, a pretty filigree piece, and a teeny rubber washer or cushioning thingy.
For the cushioning thingy, you could use an O-ring, a piece of craft foam or anything squishy, cut to size. It's somewhat optional, but it help get the beads secured nice and tight.
Here are the steps: 1. Put all the beads and the cushioning thingy on the headpin. 2. Thread the headpin up through the hole in the alligator. 3. Add a final bead, one that will fit tight into the top of the alligator.
4. Make a wrapped loop. (Wrapped loop step-by-step here.)
There is a bit of a trick here. You need to be sure everything stays tight, tight, tight while you wrap. Otherwise the embellishments on the front will end up wobbly.
That's it! String a cord or chain, clip on your badge, and you're good to go.
Design options are endless.
In the shot above, notice the blue/green one does not have a filigree piece. Just a pretty bead. I think it looks nice that way, too!
But wait, there's more! Check this OUT, people. Clip on a pop top, a simple key ring or anything circular, like so:
What do you get??? I'll tell you what you get!
A glasses holder.
And the crowd goes wild.
Neato Torpedo!!! Yes indeed, your creative mind is working overtime again. Where were these when I used to sport a badge everyday?ReplyDelete
I even like it just as a pendant-with-potential. you know? because you NEVER know when you'll need a "third" hand to hold something at a moment's notice. like a recipe card or your shopping list or a hanky or... well, the possibilities are endless! it's just brilliant Michelle, and so pretty to boot!ReplyDelete
Love the eyeglass option - you really are great at these kind of ideas.ReplyDelete
Hi Michelle, Great to see you on Craft Schooling Sunday with another great project! Happy creating.ReplyDelete
Oh man... I wish I needed a badge holder!!ReplyDelete
Much prettier than what badge holders usually look like! I like them and your tutorials make it seem so easy to make! Thanks, great crafter!ReplyDelete
These are so fun! I don't need a badge/glasses holder but now I want to make these anyway!ReplyDelete
waoooo...totally awesome....how nice idea...well thanx 4 d tutorial....love itReplyDelete
lol...you imagination is amazing Michelle!ReplyDelete
This is great..."two for the price of one" so to speak!
I'm so happy I came across your blog...always so interesting and "fun"!
Enjoy the rest of your day...
he!!! Nice idea!! Happy imagination!!ReplyDelete
This is majorly cool!ReplyDelete
Brilliant! as usual!ReplyDelete
What a pretty and practical idea! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)ReplyDelete
Hey, even I can do that! I wonder if Vannah would like a new lanyard for her school ID...ReplyDelete
That looks great! Thanks so much for linking it up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)ReplyDelete
Genius! What a fabulous idea :)ReplyDelete
Love it! Hubby has lost three pairs of reading glasses in the last month--- I will have to design a clip just for him!ReplyDelete
very creative !ReplyDelete
This is a great idea - love the tutorial too... hugs, antonella :-)ReplyDelete