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« on: August 25, 2007 12:34:55 AM »

I live in cardigans and I have a bit of a thing for sweater clips. They're certainly not in style these days so I've never seen new ones to buy. The vintage ones are usually a little pricey and not quite my style. So naturally, I made a few of my own.

The first one has a pair of little records on them with red labels (a little hard to photograph apparently). The middle one has resin filled with red glitter. The hearts on the third pair are pre-cut wooden shapes that I bought at the hardware store and painted.




I don't love how the ends of the alligator clips show, but I haven't found any shorter ones.  I think I need one with a pair of skulls on it next.

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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2007 06:18:23 AM »

OMG! I love them! they are all so fantastic it's hard to pick a fav...did the clips come with the chain attached?
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2007 06:39:30 AM »

With funky sweater clips like this, you could bring them back into style. I love these!

Is there a way to shorten the back end of the alligator clip? I don't have any on hand to check out... Or, does a jewlery supplier sell something similar, but just a touch smaller? Now, I want to make a set!
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2007 07:19:30 AM »

I NEVER would have thought to make these... *smacks own forehead*  That's awesome!!!

You could probably find shorter clips if you're not married to the alligator style (with teeth, I mean...)  I wonder if clip earring findings would work?  Like these?  http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H201156FY
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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2007 08:30:47 AM »

Thats super cool! I have never even heard of these so thats probebly why you can't find them in the store. Cheesy but who cares about that if you can make super cool ones like this!
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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2007 11:35:34 AM »

Thanks so much!  Cheesy

OMG! I love them! they are all so fantastic it's hard to pick a fav...did the clips come with the chain attached?
I hacked up a dollar store necklace for the chains. The clips did come with holes in them, so I all I had to do was attach them with a jump ring.

With funky sweater clips like this, you could bring them back into style. I love these!

Is there a way to shorten the back end of the alligator clip? I don't have any on hand to check out... Or, does a jewlery supplier sell something similar, but just a touch smaller? Now, I want to make a set!
Here's hoping! Cheesy  I haven't really tried to shorten them. The only way I could think of would involve cutting it. I think it would be really easy to just trim off the end with some tin snips, but that would leave a really nasty, sharp edge. I don't know if there would be a better way.  I haven't looked online yet. The only place I could find them here was Michael's and they only have the one kind.

I NEVER would have thought to make these... *smacks own forehead*  That's awesome!!!

You could probably find shorter clips if you're not married to the alligator style (with teeth, I mean...)  I wonder if clip earring findings would work?  Like these?  http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H201156FY
Yeah, clip on earrings work great! I always check at the thrift store for cute ones. They don't grip as securely since they don't have teeth, but I find it helps to try tighten the backs with some pliers.  Tie clips work well too, but they're usually longer than the alligator clips if you could find 2 nice ones, you might not even need to embellish them. I've seen some with pinbacks, but I'm always afraid I'd tear my sweater. I might give them a try though, I've got so many different sizes of those that it'd be ideal.

Thats super cool! I have never even heard of these so thats probebly why you can't find them in the store. Cheesy but who cares about that if you can make super cool ones like this!
I'm probably about 50 years too late to be able to buy new ones. Grin But hey, you never know when these things will come back in style, right?
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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2007 11:39:51 AM »

Those are so cool!! Oddly enough, I haven't seen any of those around... but then I live in Florida which isn't really the Cardigan Capital of the US... but then, I did go to an arts school with lots of people dressing in crazy awesome kitcshiness... anywho I adore those. I might bring them back in Florida! Heck yes!
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« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2007 11:45:49 AM »

Those are so cool!! Oddly enough, I haven't seen any of those around... but then I live in Florida which isn't really the Cardigan Capital of the US... but then, I did go to an arts school with lots of people dressing in crazy awesome kitcshiness... anywho I adore those. I might bring them back in Florida! Heck yes!
Thanks! I've never seen anyone else wear them either. I do sometimes see old ladies smiling at me as if they remember them. (Which is awesome.) Cheesy  I'm all for bringing them back.

I completely forgot about this one. It's made with a pair of vintage clip-on earrings. Much daintier than the alligator clips. I even have a cute little brooch that matches. Orange just isn't my colour though, so I think I've only worn them once.  Sad

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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2007 12:07:12 PM »

How about painting the orange petals with nail polish in a more appropriate hue?
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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2007 12:10:05 PM »

I have about a dozen, some vintage and others made from vintage earrings I can't bear to sell on the world-famous auction site.

Then again, I'm one of those old ladies (and a school teacher) who remembers when these were part of every woman's wardrobe along with the requisite white gloves.
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