Glass magnets are a quick, easy craft gift. They're also a nice way of adding a personal touch to gifts, since it's easy to slip a personal photo or magazine clipping onto the back of the magnet, where it then shows through the glass. Glass magnets are the perfect universal gift: Odds are good that almost everybody you know has a fridge, and almost all of those people have things they need to hang on the fridge--so everybody can use a few magnets.
Things You'll Need
- Flat glass marbles
- Clear spray-on adhesive
- Craft magnets
Check your flat glass marbles or gems for nicks, scratches and other imperfections that might make them into ugly magnets. Make sure to check both the front and back, since even with colored marbles imperfections on the back will show through to the front.
Spread newspaper over your working area to prevent mess from the spray-on adhesive and make clean-up easier.
Stack the craft magnets together so that they all stick together in one column. Check to make sure which side of the column sticks to your refrigerator more easily. This will be the "bottom" of the column. Set the column, bottom down, on the newspaper.
Take each craft magnet off the column. Don't flip them over--just take it off the column and lay them out on the newspaper.
Spray a thin coat of clear adhesive over the craft magnets.
Apply one marble, flat side down, on each magnet. Press firmly, then leave them to dry for at least five minutes.
Tips & Warnings
- "Flat glass marbles" may sometimes be known as clear glass gems. They're usually sold in craft shops, sometimes in the floral section.
- Craft magnets should be available from major craft shops as well.
- If you're making a lot of glass magnets at once, you might want to spray the adhesive in batches so that you have time to apply all the glass marbles before it dries out and won't form a proper bond.
- You can customize your glass magnets by sandwiching photos, stickers and even flower petals between the magnet and the glass. Just glue your decoration to the back of the glass, add a paper backing if necessary, then add the magnet.
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