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How to Turn a Paper Clip into a Safety Pin

Watch more Great Craft Ideas videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn to turn a paper clip into a safety pin by following these steps. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Straighten the clip Pull the smaller bend from inside the larger bend in the paper clip, straightening the bend closer to the small bend. Then unbend the shorter end, so that your paper clip looks like an umbrella handle. Step 2: Make the clasp Lay the clip flat and use the pliers to make a 45-degree upward bend in the end of the curled side, 1/8 inch from the tip, to form the clasp for the needle. Tip You can make your bends using a ruler and scissors if you don't have pliers. Step 3: Bend again Grasp the clip with the pliers just below the clasp bend and make a 90-degree upward bend perpendicular to the long part of the clip. Then squeeze the bend downward to meet the long end. Step 4: Form the spring Grasp the long, straight part of the paper clip in the center with the pliers, and then wrap the wire twice around the tip of the pliers to make the spring. Step 5: Tuck the needle into the clasp Tuck the long, straight end of the paper clip -- the needle -- under the clasp. Make sure you leave enough tension on the spring that the needle presses into the clasp. Now mend that opening and walk around the office confidently. Did You Know? Spectacular Bid, the favorite to win the Triple Crown in 1979, likely lost the Belmont because he stepped on a safety pin.
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