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Plastic Paper Clips From Recycled Gift Cards

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Do you ever want a paperclip that's at least a little different then every other paperclip out there?  Metal paper clips are really useful, and do a great job, but sometimes I just want something a little different.

That's where plastic paperclips come in!  Though, the ones sold in stores tend to make me pine for the normality of the metal paper clip.  I still wanted something different though!  So when instructables came into possession of several Duane Reade club cards, I knew I had my chance!
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Any type of Club Card, Credit Card or Gift Card type item. (preferably one that's no longer good)
A Laser Cutter (or X-Acto Blade)
(if using a laser cutter you'll need the appropriate software)
A little bit of spare time.

Step 2: Template

There are lots and lots of types of paper clips.  If you do a google image search on "plastic paper clips" you can start to get some ideas on shapes and designs that might go over well.

If you're using an X-Acto blade:
  • Draw design on card (I'd recommend keeping the template fairly simple).
  • Get ready to cut out your design.
If you're using a laser cutter:
  • Open up whatever software you plan to use.
  • Make a template of the card.
    • Measure your cards dimensions
    • Draw a box to scale in your program.
    • Cut card template out of cardboard or acrylic so you can ensure you're card goes back in in the exact same spot every time.
  • Create whatever spectacle of a design (or simple design if you don't want to show off)
  • Get ready to print.

Step 3: Cut

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Now that you're template is ready, it's time to cut!

For X-Acto blades:
  • Start cutting out your template!
If you're on a laser cutter:
  • Find the appropriate settings and hit print.
    • (I found for my card, in vector cut mode, speed: 50, Power: 100, Frequency: 5000)
My son LOVES instructables. And I love gift cards. This is the perfect project for both of us! I've seen the guitar pick punch online. It's nice because it's automatic, but is limited in that it only makes one shape. I love your manual, more creative solution!
Hey! :0)  When did you make this cool Instructable?  Very Nice!
scoochmaroo4 years ago
The small image of the hand makes it look like it's wearing a ring! 
The red part of the card makes a beautiful ruby :D
Your right! I didn't even notice that.

Great idea!

Nice
Doctor What4 years ago
 Nice!  Cheaper than the five dollar ones at Borders.
mybestest4 years ago
Nice tip!