Transparent Baubles


I want to solder baubles to paperclips as part of a genocide and Holocaust awareness day on my campus. Paperclips were worn during the Holocaust as a form of silent protest, and my student org is trying to reenact this idea while also advertising our human rights symposium (so we want to write the name of the event under the baubles). However, I can't seem to figure out what the plastic bauble things are called or where to buy them. Basically what I'm trying to do is this sort of thing: If anyone knows what materials I would need and where I can order them online or buy them in Austin, TX or Boston, MA, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

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2 replies since 22nd February 2008 • Last reply 22nd February 2008

Hey there! You can get those lil bauble things anywhere! What they are, are the glass pebbles people put in vases. If you have a walmart near you, they normally have a ton of them in their craft section. I don't think you have to solder them either, just to save you time. You can get a good or silicone glue, get your picture...on the back of the pebble spread a good amount of the glue, then glue your picture to the back. When the glue or silicone dries, it's clear.

I would then think you could just clue the pebble to the paperclip? If you really want to solder them you can do that too.

Here's a list of soldering items you'll need...
Any good hobby shop should have them..or your local stained glass store.

Soldering iron
copper tape
heat resistant sponge (to clean your iron in between soldering)

You would just cover the back of the pebble with copper tape, or just a portion, that would work too...burnish it (take a file, a bone folder, or anything that you can use to make sure your tape is stuck very well), flux the copper and the paperclip, and add some solder to make it all stick together.

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Thanks so much! I really appreciate the help.

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