Make a Safety Pin From a Paperclip!

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Intro: Make a Safety Pin From a Paperclip!

out of safety pins ? grab a paperclip and a needle nose pliers!
I'll show you how you can make a simple and reliable safety pin from a regular office paperclip.
you don't have to use pliers , you can do it with scissors or a ruler!

lets start!

Step 1: Bending the Paperclip

first straighten the paperclip , then use the pliers to bend the paperclip to form the wanted shape - like in the picture.
watch the video to see exactly how to do it.

Step 2: This Is It! You Are Done!

congrajulations! now you have a safety pin.
I hope you find this short instructable interesting and useful!

yours

Raviv

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29 Discussions

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charge11595

9 years ago on Introduction

 nice instructable! maybe you could find a way to sharpen the end...
btw, great photos

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carver

10 years ago on Introduction

this is really awesome.to make it sharp just grind it. i dont know if u put that tip in there or not.

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Top Dog

10 years ago on Introduction

Yeah, it can. I made it and cliped my jeans. You just have to push a little hard. Apparantly doggy, is not strong enough.

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Doctor What

10 years ago on Introduction

Great Idea!!! Too bad they don't allow needlenose pliers at school.

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MrRedBeard

10 years ago on Introduction

Sweet if my pants zipper ever breaks at the office I won't have to worry about not having a safety pin.

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cubemonkey

10 years ago on Introduction

That was super easy, and now I'm mad that I never thought of it before.

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Chris Bilton

10 years ago on Introduction

yea, this is a classic, anything that takes just two minutes has my vote.

I suggest cutting the end to make it sharp. It won't be a point, though, more like a wedge, (maybe you could cut it again the other way and make it pointy). Also, maybe you could sand it to a point, but by then you might as well just buy safety pins.

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jongscxWurdBendur

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

if you cut it with a sharp pair of cutters, the tip can be just as razor sharp as a needle (personal experience)

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WurdBendurjongscx

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

Of course it will. That's why I suggested it. I just note that it will be squashed flat, so it will have an edge rather than a point and may not poke through your clothes very easily.

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jongscxWurdBendur

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

Oh, Do you mean cutting it at a right angle to the pin? like ===| |=== ?

Cut it at an angle... kind like ===/ /=== only a steeper angle... AND you're using a decent pair of angle cutters, pliers, anything where two wedges clamping together (don't use shears, it will come out wonky)... you will come out with Two sharp points (one on the piece you want to keep, the other on the waste piece)

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WurdBendurjongscx

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

Oh, I see. Yes, I was thinking of cutting perpendicular to the pin, but I see that cutting at an angle would work better.

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jongscxWurdBendur

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

yeah, I was working with a power cable with a 10ga stranded wire... I found a 2" gash on the side of my hand that kinda hurt... turns out, it was a paper-cut like gash, no blood, but it was pretty close. Yup, it's sharp.

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pocketwatch

10 years ago on Introduction

Thanks! I suggest not cutting the end to make it sharp. On thin fabric and fabric with a loose weave it should go through perfectly well, and a self sharpened paper clip seems minimally safe.

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TraumaComet

10 years ago on Introduction

fantastic! I made like, 8 thousand of these at the office today. (I really hope my boss doesn't read this)