I wanted to make a cone shaped bead cap and figured a paper clip would be perfect for it!
Pen (but you can use anything that you can wrap around to make a cone shape)
To Make Earrings or Pendant:
round nose pliers
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Step 1: Unravel and Wrap
Open up the paper clip. You don't have to completely straighten it out. Take the paper clip and wrap it around the head of the pen. Be careful not to put too much pressure on the top portion of the pen where the ink comes out.
Step 2: Cut
Cut off the end pieces that you do not want to keep. If you already have a design you might want to try it on the bead to make sure it fits right before you make the cuts.
Step 3: Use It in a Design
Then to make a drop you will need beads and a head pin (or head pins if making earrings). Slide in order (or opposite if you prefer) the larger bead, bead cap, and then smaller bead. You want to make sure your beads stabilize the bead cap. Then you want to make a loop with the end of the head pin.
You can either make this into a pendant or make a pair of earrings by adding an ear-wire.