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Paper Clip Flower Ring

I have some cool and funky office supplies lying around; I pick them up at office supply stores when they are on clearance. For the office supplies challenge, I rediscovered these round paper clips and realized they would make an easy, attractive ring in the shape of a flower.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

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This is a simple project that uses a minimum of materials and tools.
  • Round/spiral paper clips. I bought mine years ago, but you can get similar ones on Amazon - like these, for example.
  • Flat beads
  • Needle-nose pliers, the thinner, the better

Step 2: Bend up the center wire

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The first step is to bend the center spiral so it is perpendicular to the outer ring. The outer ring is the part that will go on the finger. I found this to be automatically adjusting and quite comfortable. If you have thin fingers, you can squeeze to adjust it.

Step 3: Add beads

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Because of the sharp curve, I found the thinner the beads, the better. This ring uses a combination of flat glass and vermeil flower beads. Keep adding beads until the inner ring is full, with a bit of space left over.

Step 4: Bend closed

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The final step is to bend the wire so the beads won't fall off. These paper clips have tough wire, so I could only bend it this far; however, this is sufficient to keep the beads on.
You can also bend the end of inner circle so it comes closer to touching the outer circle.

Step 5: Wearability

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I tend not to wear a lot of jewelry, because it can be uncomfortable, and I have sensitive skin. However, this ring is quite comfortable, and the nylon coating of the wire means my skin won't be irritated by the wire.
All in all, a simple, pretty, and quick project!