Step 3: Magnetize the Needle

 This is perhaps the most important part. In a regular compass, the needle always points north. To replicate this, we must change the polarity of the material and rearrange the order of the atoms of the needle by magnetizing it to point north. 

Place your magnet on a flat surface (table) and slowly pull the needle across it on the north side of the magnet. To get any effect, you must repeat this at least 20-60 times. You get more of an effect if you repeat the step more, for example, 100 times is better than 50. 
Yeah, it works pretty well if you can balance the needle properly. You could also find a needle that isn't made of steel. You can see that it works in my picture of the coffee cup compass alongside a regular compass. They both point north. If you want to read up on magnetizing metal, then you can look here:<br /> <br /> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnet" rel="nofollow">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnet</a><br />
&nbsp;most needles are made of steel, and are really hard to magnetise using a permanent magnet. Does it work?

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