#TryThis Sculptural Binder Clips

Organized spaces can be the most productive ones. We’ve helped you spruce up your folders and your bookshelves, but what about those piles of paper? Binder clips help keep stacks together and are also a great surface for adornment.

This binder clip project can be inspired by any of our collection works, easily searchable on our website. Our example was inspired by Claes Oldeburg. The sculptor’s Inverted Q from 1976 greets visitors in AAM’s lobby.

In creating the sculpture, Oldenburg created drawings and preparatory sculptures.

Each artwork is fascinating on its own, but together, they make a whimsical set of binder clips.

Binder clips
Polymer clay

  1. Find binder clips.

2. Explore the collection online for your inspiration. If you want to make the Oldenburg sculptures, try this page. Once you do, draw your ideas. Using Fimo or other polymer clays, create your tiny sculptures.

3. Bake your creations according to the instructions on your clay’s packaging. Once they are cool, use hot glue to affix them to binder clips.

#TryThis is made possible with support from PNC, the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation, the Alan and Janice Woll Family Fund, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, Peg’s Foundation, Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation, Kathy Moses Salem Philanthropic Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, Charles E. and Mabel M. Richie Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. William H. Considine

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