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Wooden Spring Clothespin Clamps & metal hair clips (Read 12698 times)
Reply #12 - Nov 4th, 2017 at 10:22am

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Reply #11 - May 14th, 2016 at 12:31pm

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Reply #10 - May 12th, 2016 at 10:00am

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The crafts outlet in our local mall had super mini wooden clothespins - something I've been searching for years over here!  These are the 1 inch versions - just right for dime-scale and under.

I think I paid an exorbitant 1.90 (Euro) for the 48 piece pack (why 48 and not 50 is typically euro quantity thinking).
 

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Reply #9 - May 11th, 2016 at 8:24am

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Here is what I do to the lil 2" pins. I just wrap a little rubber band around it to give them more clamping force when needed. In AC Moore these pins are in the woodworking section. I used a 50% off coupon and I think it was .80 I paid for the bag of them.
 
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Reply #8 - May 10th, 2016 at 7:42pm

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Here are a couple types of metal hair clips...
 

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Reply #7 - Jun 5th, 2013 at 10:19am

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Thanks for the info on Walmart having the pins.

I understand the alligator hair clips are available at Hobby Lobby Craft stores also!

These are really helpful in building stick and tissue models.

Tom
 

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Reply #6 - Jun 5th, 2013 at 8:16am

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Just a follow up to my previous question.  I was able to locate both the 1" and 2" clothespins at Walmart.  The 1" ones were in the art supply section and the 2" ones were in the office supplies area.  I was able to get 50 of the 1" for under $2.00 and 12 of the 2" also for under $2.00.  I'm definitely going to try these to complete my current build.

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Reply #5 - Dec 11th, 2012 at 9:50am

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Clothes pins are a very versatile clamp. Here is another hand clamp. They are called "alligator hair clips". in addition to the ones shown they are also available with a single prong.
 
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Reply #4 - Dec 6th, 2012 at 9:59pm

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Rubber Rookie wrote on Dec 6th, 2012 at 1:02pm:
I can find the regular sized (full size?) ones lots of places, but I have never been able to locate the smaller sizes.  Where were you able to fund the 1" ones?

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I find them from time to time at the Dollar Tree Store and Hobby Lobby Craft Stores.  I've found the 1&2 inch sizes.  The 1 inchers are a bit flimsy but their size really makes them handy for those tight places.  The 2 inchers are much more stable and with the wire/straight pin pieces on the side make a great stringer holder while glue dries.

Tom
 

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Reply #3 - Dec 6th, 2012 at 1:02pm

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I can find the regular sized (full size?) ones lots of places, but I have never been able to locate the smaller sizes.  Where were you able to fund the 1" ones?

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Reply #2 - Mar 15th, 2012 at 6:27pm

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Thanks for the tip.
 

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Reply #1 - Mar 15th, 2012 at 12:41am

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Great ideas, Tom. You can never have too many clamps.....
 
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Mar 14th, 2012 at 2:22pm

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Hi Ya'll,

I'm sure everyone has used wooden spring clothespin clamps for modeling....

Well I usually take half the package apart and reverse the wooden parts and flip them over placing what is normally the outside of the pin to the inside.  This give me a longer jaw clamp and a more, what I call "Needlenose" wooden clamp.  I have found these wooden clothespin is several sizes and I have 1 inch...2 inch and the regular size which is approximately 4 inches or better. 

My colored clothespins are the 1 inchers... You can see the 2 inchers holding the top wing to the jig...and the regular size is holding the fuselage to the leveling jig from scrap balsa.

On the small clothespins I took a pin vice drill and drilled small holes for short pieces of straight pins to hold stringers while they dried...borrowed this from Don McLellan over on HPA...

I reverse and flip the clothespin arms in each size to give me a flatter and broader clamping surface....

As they say, "A picture is worth a thousand words"....here's the pictures...

Study the pics and you see what I mean by reverse and flip the wooden arms of the clothespins...
Tom
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