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.