Saturday, April 30, 2011

Lined Alligator Hair Clips

Once you know how to line an alligator clip, you can make hair bows and turn silk flowers into beautiful hair accessories! It is worth practicing this technique because it’ll open the door to making lots of different fun hair bows.

You will need:
Grosgrain ribbon: 3/8 inches wide (4 ½ inches in length)
Fray Check
Hot glue gun and mat
Double prong alligator clip

Prepare your ribbon by cutting it to 4 ½ inches. Make sure your cut is straight across, not at an angle. Treat both ends of the ribbon with Fray Check to ensure it will not fray. Allow the Fray Check 10 minutes to dry.

Spread hot glue along approximately 1¼” of one end of the ribbon.

(Please note: Your ribbon glueing process starts on the inside of the upper part or lever of the clip, runs along the outside, over the grips end and finishes along the outside of the lower, flat half of your alligator clip.)

Now, open your alligator clip (by squeezing the gripper): you have an upper and a lower, flat part (or lever). Take the part of the ribbon that you have just applied the hot glue to and attach it along the inside surface of your alligator clip top half. With your other hand, firmly press the ribbon against the clip as shown in the photo.

Apply some hot glue on the outside surface of the alligator clip top half. Simply run it along from the gripper end to the tips.

Pull your ribbon up and over onto the glue you’ve just applied, covering the outer top half of the alligator clip. Smooth the ribbon over the glue and press firmly for a few seconds while the glue hardens to ensure that the ribbon adheres to the clip.

Hold the clip in one hand, take the lose end piece of ribbon and bend it back. This will make sure the ribbon is not in the way when you apply the hot glue onto the edge of the clip’s grip.

Very carefully apply glue onto the upper clip grip. The glue goes on the edge, as shown in the photograph. Be careful because you can easily apply too much glue. You just need a small amount.

Firmly press the ribbon against this blob of glue. Use your pointer finger to press the ribbon into the notch between the two clip grips. Hold the ribbon against the glue for about 10 seconds to ensure it sticks properly.

Now, bend the ribbon back. Again, you want the ribbon to be out of the way when you apply the next blob of glue. Place a small dollop of glue onto the other clip grip.

Use your finger to firmly press the ribbon against the glue. The ribbon will ‘dip’ in the middle of the clip, between the two grippers.

Place the gripper end of the alligator clip against your glue mat, so that the ribbon is laying flat. Spread hot glue onto this end of the ribbon.

Take this piece of ribbon and attach it to the outside of the lower, flat half of the alligator clip. This completes the ‘lining’ of the clip.  

It is a good idea to now open the clip. You can remove any stray blobs of hot glue using your finger. You want to make sure that there isn’t any hot glue seeping through the gap of the two prongs because this could dry up and stick the clip together. That is why I like to always open the clip once the lining process is done and ensure that there’s no unwanted glue on the inside!

Et voilĂ ! A gorgeous, partially lined alligator clip!

The first few clips you line may not look perfect. That is ok - don’t get rid of them because once you attach a bow or a flower to the clip, it’ll be covered, and no one will see any imperfections.

Lined alligator clips make the basis of any bow but they also look very pretty by themselves, especially if you use a patterned ribbon.

- Tali

1 comment:

  1. I have SO been wanting to make these, I have most of the supplies, except my gun of glue. I am so giving it a try! Thanks for the tute.


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