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Quick and Easy Hidden Tie Clip

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Every now and again, we men find ourselves in the need for a tie clip.  Either to keep that oh-to-pesky tie in place when you are out in the field conducting business, out to lunch in full business attire, or to simply give the illusion of a perfectly placed tie.  Unless you happen to have an extra stock of tie clips in your drawer or car, then you might find yourself out of luck.

Well, after a bit of trial and error, I think I might have found a solution.

Welcome, to the Tie-Quick!
 
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Step 1: Tools & Materials

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To get this quick and easy hidden tie clip started, you'll need:

1). A sharpie (or other device used to write on a paper clip)
2). A ruler
3). A paper clip
4). A pair of needle nose pliers.

Step 2: Straighten up soldier!

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The first thing you'll need to do is to straighten out the paper clip as best as you can.  I have spent ALOT of time playing with paper clips, and I've found it's easiest to straighten out the big-looped side of the paper clip if you start by unfolding it in the middle.  To obtain the straightest edge I can without to many tools, I usually run my thumb down the paper clip as I un-bend it to keep the bend smooth.  This will keep any kinks out of the wire.  I also recommend keeping the small loop around until you start bending the straight side.

Step 3: It's BENDING Time!

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Start bending the paper clip at the side that has been straightened out.  You'll start by bending about 1" of the paper clip around the very tip of your needle nose pliers until you make a "U" shape.  Some needle nose pliers are bigger than others, so you're looking to create about a 1/16" to 1/8" gap between the two legs of the "U" shape.  Keep the two legs as parallel as possible.
Frikin genius! I will have to keep a couple in the glovebox.
Truehart1 year ago
Upon first glance I was wondering how this would look remotely fashionable, but the last step showed me the way. This is pretty clever. Bravo.
WAY COOL! Your method is much better than using a standard paper clip for this purpose as I have done in the past. Your version allows the tie to stay in place even when you bend over or reach up. Thanks for sharing!
rimar20001 year ago
Clever!