Saturday, January 29, 2011

A is for...

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.

Later, crocogators.

23 comments:

  1. Neato Torpedo!!! Yes indeed, your creative mind is working overtime again. Where were these when I used to sport a badge everyday?
    Hugs

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  2. 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!

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  3. Love the eyeglass option - you really are great at these kind of ideas.

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  4. Hi Michelle, Great to see you on Craft Schooling Sunday with another great project! Happy creating.

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  5. Oh man... I wish I needed a badge holder!!

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  6. 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!

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  7. These are so fun! I don't need a badge/glasses holder but now I want to make these anyway!
    Sophie

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  8. waoooo...totally awesome....how nice idea...well thanx 4 d tutorial....love it

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  9. lol...you imagination is amazing Michelle!
    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...
    Cheers

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  10. he!!! Nice idea!! Happy imagination!!
    Bs

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  11. What a pretty and practical idea! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

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  12. Hey, even I can do that! I wonder if Vannah would like a new lanyard for her school ID...

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  13. Love it! Thank you for linking up to http://tinyurl.com/upcycled31 if you have any more recycled/upcycled projects please link them up and let your friends know. I am trying to reach 100 upcycled projects this week and I would really appreciate you help!

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  14. That looks great! Thanks so much for linking it up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

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  15. Genius! What a fabulous idea :)

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  16. Love it! Hubby has lost three pairs of reading glasses in the last month--- I will have to design a clip just for him!

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  17. This is a great idea - love the tutorial too... hugs, antonella :-)

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