Here’s a tip with a paper clip… Plain steel paper clips can make
very useful “tiny tongs” for holding small bits together or just for
holding things in place while soldering.
Straighten out the paper clip
Bend it into a modified “Y” shape so that the two ends form the leg
or lower vertical of the Y - you will have a shape like the outline of
a flask with the two ends of the paper clip forming the neck.
I hammer the ends of the paper clip wire so that they are flattened
and will hold small objects securely. Simply bend the flattened ends
into the desired shape to hold the object.
I hope everyone understands my verbal description. This is a very
useful aid for balancing things like pierced ear posts on the back of
earrings, or for balancing roller catches on brooches.
Rex from Oz enjoying the winter sun in Sydney, Australia.