You, sir, have a "click bend". It's relativity common in the magic community, no big deal. Work with some Lepauls and corner springs. As for the clip dilemma, buy one, Porper, you wont regret it. But since this is a rather pressing matter, try to emulate what a clip does (consistently applies pressure). If you have a vice or a bottle press, these work wonders. Books work too, but take longer. Questions?