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Posted on: 6/20/05 1:53 PM
Last Updated: 3/10/10 5:06 PM
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I love decorative zipper pulls! But they sure do lose something when they're just clipped onto the existing pull. It's actually very easy to replace the existing pull with a decorative pull. No one will suspect it didn't come that way. Here's what you'll need:

*one split-ring about 3/8" in diameter (jump rings aren't as secure)
*zipper pull (or charm, beads, earring - use your imagination)
*diagonal cutter (I love my Fiskars cutter from JoAnn's)
*jewelry or small needle-nose pliers
*2nd split ring or a lanyard hook if your decorative pull doesn't have one

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SewVeryTall said... (8/20/05 5:27 AM) Reply
I found mini split rings in the beading section of crafts at Walmart...200 silver and gold tone for $1.88. These are 7/32" wide [a hair less than 1/4"], and should work great!

I was really surprised at how easily the zipper pull cut off with wire cutters [aka diagonal cutters]...that pull isn't made of steel, that's for sure, hehe. Thanks again Gigi!!!

trintje said... (6/30/05 3:36 AM) Reply
You can get COLORED split rings in the craft section at Wal-Mart (red, blue, green, aqua). They are a bit large for zipper pull rings, unless that's the look you're after.
Gigi Louis said... (6/21/05 9:31 PM) Reply
I forgot to mention, the diagonal cutters look like pliers.
Gigi Louis said... (6/21/05 9:30 PM) Reply
Joan, a diagonal cutter is a very sharp cutter used to cut metal objects, wire, etc. The blades come in on a diagonal. Fiskars makes a great one with a small head that's also useful for nipping off any extra molded zipper teeth. I bought mine at JoAnn's years ago. You can find diagonal cutters at hardware stores but I find most of the heads kind of big.
joan said... (6/21/05 8:49 PM) Reply
What's a diagonal cutter? I have several thingys I would like to use for zipper pulls
SewVeryTall said... (6/21/05 4:22 AM) Reply
Cool tip, Gigi, thanks!

Karla...oh no, don't use your fingernail! Use your nail file to pry it open :)

gabrielle said... (6/21/05 0:43 AM) Reply
Yay!!! Thank you, Gigi!
Karla Kizer said... (6/20/05 9:39 PM) Reply
They are the little beasts that eat up your manicure when you slide your thumbnail into the ring to pry it open enough to wedge a key onto. They come in a vast array of sizes. I bought a pack of small ones in assorted sizes at a craft store, in the jewelry-making aisle.
Gigi Louis said... (6/20/05 8:06 PM) Reply
A split ring is a smaller version of the rings used for car keys.
ColoSew said... (6/20/05 7:56 PM) Reply
What is a split ring?
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