For city-dwellers who park in a different place each time they return home, a simple way to remember where the car is parked: a magnetic key-holding arrow for marking a street map on your fridge.

Step 1: Shape Arrow From Sculpey, Attach Magnets

I used Sculpey polymer clay, pressing two magnets into it and then baking the clay and magnets together. When it cooled, I crazy-glued the magnets onto the arrow.

Step 2: Here's the Front

Here's the front, with the key hook. I painted mine blue.

Step 3: On the Map

Here it is holding a key on the map. That's where the car's parked.
This is very cute!
I was beaten to this idea, by at least one person! Looks like Tony Benn did something like this in 2000 or earlier, though his doesn't have a hook for the keys:<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_7550000/7550123.stm">http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_7550000/7550123.stm</a><br/>(click on number 5)<br/>
...and another version, &quot;<strong>5-Minute Project: A Parking Map For Your Fridge</strong>&quot;&nbsp;from the May 2010 Popular Science:<br /> http://www.popsci.com/announcements/article/2010-04/may-2010-futue-car<br /> <br />
GENIUS!<br />
How hot do you need to bake the Sculpey ? Because NdFeB (Neodym) Magnets can't take a lot of heat. Maybee something that hardens just with air and time could be good for that.
275F/130C. We used regular fridge magnets, and they worked fine after baking.
Then they are probably made of ferrit, they can take more heat i think. But neodym loose theyr energy at tempratures of 80C and above. Probably useful information if somebody is gonna reacreate this :)
hehe, good idea. but most times, when I had to remember where i parked my car, i was too drunk to set the marker anyways :) that would be the days when we're out to the old town and take the taxi back
hey, thats a map of cambridge :D small world
Great map! I wish I had seen this a few years ago. We had to make a similar map, but of all the street cleaning days around our building. We just couldn't afford the ticket$. However, we would forget where we parked our car much more frequently :)
Now this assumes that you have enough mental fortitude to remember where you parked it long enough to plot it on the map...
clever idea
It's cool... But maybe if a burglar breaks into your house and you went out without your car.... ups what do you think?
poor dog...
brilliant. now I must go kill my dog because it wont stop barking.
I actually didnt kill her, but I did scold her harshly lol.
how it sounds if i tell u that i have my parking place at 5 metres from my windows... and i can see allways my car on windows... and hear if the alarm goes on ... ? come to my country people... Come to Romania :D
Naah, come to Slovenia! I have my car parked in front of the house and I'm in a middle of a forrest with VDSL internet connection. 10 minutes drive to capital city and we leave doors mostly unlocked :-)
I love your country now. I think I'll come live there......
Awesome.<br/><br/>For 12 years I lived in a very crowded area of Seattle and worked nights. Parking was a nightly 15-45 minute ordeal that found me traveling the same route of ever widening circles around my apartment. Needless to say, one parking place bled into another and there was <em>at least </em> two or three times that the next day I swore my car had been stolen... only to randomly find it later in some strange spot...<br/><br/>This is great:)<br/>
I used to do similar with a white board when I lived in Brooklyn! It would sometimes take upto 45 minutes to find a legal parking space and that was often 4+ streets and 2+ avenues away!
Are you saying that when you baked the arrow, that the magnets were still in there? <br/>If you heat a magnet beyond the <a rel="nofollow" href="http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/tables/curie.html">curie point</a> the magnet will no longer be a magnet. It looks as though it might not be a problem for normal ovens and older magnet types, but be careful with rare-earth magnets.<br/>
The Curie point gives some fun <a rel="nofollow" href="http://sci-toys.com/scitoys/scitoys/magnets/magnets.html#curie_effect">projects</a>.<br/>
Yep. Sculpey baking temperature isn't that high, and of course if the magnets don't work, you could pop them out and put in good ones.
You should call your instructable: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0242423/">Dude, Where's My Car?</a> :-D<br/>
Excellent instructable, nice idea. Thanks for sharing.
<a rel="nofollow" href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=Barton+Rd,+Cambridge,+CB3,+United+Kingdom&amp;sll=53.159947,-0.615234&amp;sspn=8.833633,20.566406&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;cd=3&amp;ll=52.195241,0.110056&amp;spn=0.001102,0.002511&amp;t=k&amp;z=19&amp;om=1">http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=Barton+Rd,+Cambridge,+CB3,+United+Kingdom&amp;sll=53.159947,-0.615234&amp;sspn=8.833633,20.566406&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;cd=3&amp;ll=52.195241,0.110056&amp;spn=0.001102,0.002511&amp;t=k&amp;z=19&amp;om=1</a><br/><br/>Are you the little black one?<br/>
What a neat idea. Slightly anally-retentive, but neat.
I agree totally. Especially with the dozen magnets holding it up on the fridge :) Still neat.
At first I thought this was a little thing you stick on walls of building downtown so you know where you parked your car.. lol.
that's what I thought too.
Same here, iwas like "Hes crazy, everyone will put arrow so he won't know!"
With my memory, this would be an absolute necessity if I lived in the city! Smart and simple, I like it.

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