Free utility clips from upcycled waste department store hangers. Maybe you have a few hangers left over from the holidays. Or perhaps you would like to have some utility clips for projects. Either way, this simple Instructable will show you how, saving you some money and reducing some trash.
I tested the jaw strength of two salvaged clips versus a utility clip bought at a hardware store (38lbs listed clamp strength). Measuring the torque required to produce a 15mm (~1/2 inch) opening, the upcycled clips have satisfactory jaw strength (Table 1). Not bad for free equipment.
Clip #1 (White)
75% @ 15 mm deflection
Clip #2 (Translucent)
36% @ 15 mm deflection
*The narrow white clip in figure 2- second from left (a commercially purchased "chip clip" from a food store) was not included in table, the relative strength of this was < 1% of utility clip.