Gold and pearls? Don’t have em’. Paper clips and a busted automatic transmission? That I have. These check balls were inside the transmission.
There are plenty more parts left. I think I’ll make a desk lamp with the gears.
Step 1: Shape the paper clip
Use cone nose pliers to roll a loop at the bend. Make sure when you wrap the loop you use the longer of the two free ends.
That way after the loop is complete the free ends will be the same length.
Bend the free ends towards the center so that it opens the loop as shown in the picture. Next bend the loops back, working the loop apart.
Adjust the loop as necessary so they are parallel to each other.
Step 2: Fit the ball
Hold the free ends of the wire form with pliers and force the ball into the form.
Adjust the wires so the fit nicely around the ball.
Step 3: Attache the backings
Using cone nose pliers, form loops into the free ends. Adjust the wire so that the looped ends overlap each other.
Fit the backing into the loops.