Introduction: Magnifying Glass Necklace Clip

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Sometimes, you have that little bit of fine print you just can't read. With this Instructable, you will know how to create a small clip to hold a necklace, bracelet, or anything similar that doubles as a magnifying glass.

Step 1: Picking Our Magnifying Glass

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Of course, to shape a magnifying glass, we need a magnifying glass. I bought one of those credit card magnifying glass things from the eyeglass section of the local convenience store (It was about 5$.). I took that guy apart and got myself the magnifying glass and some other stuff I didn't care about (at least, not with this project).

Step 2: Picking a Shape

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In order for it to work as a clip, the magnifying glass will need to be cut so that the necklace string can be slid on and off, but not so that it can fall off. I chose to add a hook/lip thing on the sketch of mine (Which was the same size as my glass, as I traced it out earlier), and I transferred that sketch onto the magnifying glass itself via tape. 

Step 3: Cutting Out That Shape

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Okay, so now it is time to cut out the shape we have prepared. Thanks to the template being taped directly to the magnifying glass, this is very easy to do with a Dreme motor tool- but you could still use a coping saw, something similar, or add 2 separate pieces to the outside rather than cutting.

Step 4: Usage

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Now it should be all smooth and cut out. But how do we use it? You can use it as a bracelet or  a necklace clip with the goal of holding the two ends together. You could use a pre-existing bracelet and replace an existing clip, or you could modify the strings of an existing necklace with some simple knots...

Step 5: ...Those Knots Are Very Simple...

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..and the knot we will need first will be the slipknot. After tying the slipknot, slide the large loop over the clip and tighten it so that it takes a bit of a pull to get off, but that you can still take off after you have put it on! When you have found this "golden spot", tie a new knot to keep the slipknot from slipping.

Step 6: Another Method

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There is another method you can try, if you would prefer something more artistic. After you have tied a loop with a knot such as the bowline, pull the base of the knot through its own loop to create a new loop. this loop goes over the clip, and when you pull it, you get a more visually appealing knot.

Step 7: TaDa!

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So that is it! Now you can check out your fine print and do it in style.If you don't consider a piece of plastic hanging from your neck to be stylish, keep it as a clip in the back and have a different pendant (That's what I do!). I hope this instructable was helpful to you, and please let me know your questions and comments. As always, have a nice day!

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