The plastic clip on my favorite pen broke. This is how I rebuilt it using a paper clip and Sugru.
- one paper clip
- needle nose pliers
Step 1: Bending the Clip
I began by straightening the paper clip.
Once straightened, I folded it in half once, such that I had two parallel lengths connected at one end.
I measured an inch and a half from the crook and made a bend in the z-axis, forming what would become the top of the clip.
The remaining wire lengths were wrapped around the body of the pen.
I realize this is a bit hard to follow, so here is a video showing the bends using a twist-tie:
Now just fit the new clip to the body of the pen. Mine looked like this:
Step 2: Attaching the Clip With Sugru
I used black Sugru to hold my new pen clip in place. One 5g packet proved to be more than enough for this hack.
I textured the surface of the Sugru with the point of a craft knife.
Step 3: Finishing Touches
Functionally speaking the repair was complete; but I wasn't entirely happy with the aesthetic result.
I added some white Sugru to give the pen a more rounded look, texturing it with a craft knife as I did with the black.
I'm really happy with it.
The pen takes refill cartridges, so it should be with me for a good while longer.