The other day I was waiting on my wife and daughter while they were trying on clothes at Kohls. I decided to look at the jewelry for some ideas. This design was among the earrings however, they were made from gold wire and oyster pearls.
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
Extend a paper clip leaving the outside smaller bend intact.
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.