Dry Compass Needle Making
Hello. I've been working on a project that I foolishly thought would be fairly simple. It's a decorative compass, kind of. The body was simple enough to make, but now I'm stuck on the needle. I had researched the making of a permanent magnet and thought the process was definitely do-able, but found out that with such a small piece of metal it's actually very difficult. Then I did a little more research into compasses and learned that dry compasses do not work the same as wet compasses, mine is a dry compass. My question to all of you physicists and engineers is: is it possible for someone to make a dry compass needle at home and, if so, how? I realize I could find a cheapish compass and pirate the needle, and will if I have to, but what fun is that?