We 3D printed a few of the Superbowl football paperclips as an option, but then came up with another idea - Creeper Clips! These have the face of the popular Minecraft (tm) creature called the Creeper. It's a simple pixelated creepy face with a paperclip base.
There was one interesting thing about this model that's worth sharing (besides the paperclip part which I've already over-used). To get the multi-color pixelated look, I created different thickness areas on the face of the model.
|original with tiny 2.5mm pixel size|
Adjusting the Model
Turns out the tiny 2.5mm blocks don't print that well at speed or when printing many copies at the same time. I adjusted by doubling the size of the "pixels" to 5mm squares, and got a much better result without sacrificing the look of the final print.
|different height pixels colored for visibility|
The final adjustment was to give more space between the inner shape and the clip. I started with 1.5mm, which tended to crease or cut the paper that it was clipped onto - so I increased it to 2.6mm for a much better result.
Here is the Creeper Clip paperclip model. Print a few dozen to give away to your Minecraft fan friends!