My mother's birthday was coming up and while I had a nice present for her, I needed a 'stocking stuffer'. Something small and useful. The last time I was over there we were cooking and had a comedy of errors as about half the magnets on the refrigerator fell off during the evening. Most of them where the thin, free type you get in the mail or as a promo item.
Thus the idea for the making of the ultra powerful, no messing around refrigerator magnets with major pull and serious height to ease the gripping was born.
Step 1: Design Issues
These magnets are so powerful (the ones I'm using have about a 5 to 6 pound pull force), I was concerned about getting a grip on them and then, having the grip object develop a glue failure. As you can see from my notes, if the glue strength is less than the magnet pull, then you will have a magnet stuck to the refrigerator and a nice grippy thing in your hand. Even if the glue is really good stuff, it will still stress the glue joint every time you pull it off the frig. Also, I wanted a grippy thing that was a bit taller then you normally see - My folks are not getting any younger and having to pinch down with the tips of their fingers to pull it off would not be a good thing.
So the answer was simple - copper pipe end caps. Available wherever you get your local plumbing supplies. Since the magnets I already had where 1/2" in diameter, I needed to get 1/2" end caps. 1/2" end caps actually have an inner diameter of about 5/8" (to fit over the 1/" pipe that has a 1/16" thick wall) so there would be a little wiggle room but not too much.