I've been twirling paperclips pretty regularly since I started making my Swirly Paperclip Bracelets ( https://www.instructables.com/id/Swirly-Paperclip-Bracelet/ ) and have been fooling around with other jewelry uses for them. (They are cute as earrings!). This tutorial shows you how to turn a paperclip into a ring (finger or toe.. I LOVE it as a toe ring myself). Take a look at my other tutorials while you're here!
Step 1: What You Need
- A paperclip
- Looping pliers
- Nylon jaw pliers
- Ring mandrel
Step 2: Straighten
Straighten your paperclip as flat as you can.
Step 3: Swirl
Using your looping pliers, start a loop on one end. After the initial loop, hold the circle flat and wind the paperclip around, creating a spiral. Make it spiral about 3 times around.
Step 4: Flip It
Flip to the other end of the paperclip and create another spiral of about the same size, winding in the opposite direction. You should have a straight section between the spirals.
Step 5: Making It a Ring
Place the straight part against your mandrel and bend the clip around, at the size you would like your ring the be. You may need to smooth your swirlies and moosh them flat with the nylon pliers. Gently bend and squish the paperclip around the mandrel until it is the size you want it to be.
Step 6: Show Off!
Wear it with pride!
If you haven't already made the matching bracelet, get out some more paperclips and make one of those, too!!