Note: This instructable can be applied to more than just paperclips! Any hard wire will do!
Once again, thanks to Mat from BENTFORMS, because of him I took up this hobby. http://www.bentforms.com
Step 1: Supplies
All you'll need is:
1. Two sets of pliers, a very small pair and a larger one to bend the metal. A needlenose might do, but I don't have a pair.
2. Some wire! (Or a paperclip. :) )
Step 2: Straighten Your Clip / Prepare Your Wire.
Step 3: Make Your First Bend!
Next, just wrap it around half of your pliers.
Step 4: Keep Going!
Step 5: Start Your Clasp!
Step 6: Form the Top Half of Your Clasp.
Put your pliers where you think you'll have enough room to bend over the other half. This is tricky and will result in plenty of wasted clasps until you get it right.
Step 7: Wind Some Wire Around the End of Your Clasp.
What I do is I put my pliers right where I want to start my winding. This keeps everything still so I can wind without bending the rest of my clasp.
Step 8: Make the Top Half of Your Clasp.
Step 9: Finish the Bend.
After that, clip off the remaining wire.
Step 10: Done!
You made a clasp!
If your clasp didn't come out well, make another! It will take some practice before you can get them consistently good.