Pen Clip Repair - With Sugru

About: I am a remixer of products, a MacGyver of materials, and a Sugru guru.

Intro: Pen Clip Repair - With Sugru

The plastic clip on my favorite pen broke.  This is how I rebuilt it using a paper clip and Sugru.

Supplies:
- one paper clip
- Sugru
- 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.

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