free plans  home    gallery
 projects    philosophy    faq

ball clip
free plans: how to make a
Ball Clip
Basic Description This simple project, presses two large marbles against each other with the tension of a single bent wire. This basic concept is great for holding paper or a stack of them on a hook in your office. The marbles roll against each other as you slide paper in or out, yet still maintain significant holding power.
Materials Two large marbles, wire, spray paint. A complete material list is provided below.
Tools Two needle nose pliers, hacksaw or wire cutter. A complete tool list is provided below.
Cost The plan itself is free! Estimated cost of materials: $1
Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Legal Notice Use of this website constitutes acceptance of our terms of service policy.

the project plan begins here

step:     1        

The first step involves acquiring the necessary materials and proper tools. It is best to get everything prepared before commencing because you are free to progress without unnecessary interruptions.
completed ball clip

Material List

Item Qty. Description
#1 12" (30cm) metal wire. we used 1/8" (3mm) dia. aluminum wire which was easy to work with and worked well. you can also use steel wire, but choose a thinner gauge because thick wire will be difficult to bend.
#2 2 large marbles. we used 'shooter marbles" which are about 1" (25mm) in diameter.
#3 - spray paint (optional).

Tool List

hacksaw more info or bolt cutter to cut wire.
needle nose pliers more info and regular pliers more info or a two needle-nose pliers.

step 2►

free plans © 2000-2008
terms   privacy policy
 home    gallery
 projects    philosophy    faq