How to Make a Bobby Pin Snapper

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How to Make a Bobby Pin Snapper
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Hair clip snappers, which are also referred to as poppers, are a small toy children can make out of a standard metal hair clip. When bent and manipulated correctly, the hair clip makes a loud snapping sound when deployed. You can also drop a hair clip snapper onto a hard surface and watch it pop back up into the air, if it hits the surface correctly.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Metal hair clip (hair clip snappers are painful if discharged anywhere on your body or if it pops back on you when dropped)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Hold the hair clip vertically, so the open portion of the hair clip is facing the ceiling.

  2. 2

    Place your thumb on the straight prong of the hair clip, approximately one-quarter of the length of the prong above the bottom of the pin.

  3. 3

    Grip the top of the straight prong and bend it down over your thumb, so that the prong is at a 90 degree angle. Remove your thumb once the hair clip is bent.

  4. 4

    Bend the bent prong down and then back up the other side. The prong is again at a 90 degree angle, only facing the opposite direction. A loop is formed when the hair clip is bent in this manner.

  5. 5

    Pull up on the bent prong and rest the head of the prong on the ridged prong. The hair clip is now ready to snap.

  6. 6

    Hold the hair clip by the head of the ridged prong with the loop facing down.

  7. 7

    Tap the loop on a table to release the bent pin and make a loud snapping noise. You can also drop the hair clip so that the loop touches a hard surface and pops into the air.

Tips and warnings

  • Hair clip snappers are painful if discharged anywhere on your body or pops back on you. Only use a snapper as described.

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