#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.

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

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Claes Oldenburg, (Stockholm, Sweden, 1929 — ), Study for Sculpture in the form of an inverted Q: above and below ground, 1975, Lithograph, etching and aquatint on paper, 14 in. x 11 1/4 in. (35.56 cm x 28.58 cm), Museum Acquisition Fund

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

SUPPLY LIST:
Binder clips
Polymer clay
Glue

  1. Find binder clips.
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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.

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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.

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