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Button-down shirts are great and versatile.  However, if you are not wearing a tie and there are no buttons on the collars, you can often look like you are going to fly away with airplane wings around your neck. 

This is a simple, inexpensive and quick way to use magnets to create collar stays that will keep the collars on your shirt from looking like you are "cleared for take-off". 

There are some folks selling magnetic collar stays for a small fortune ( http://www.wurkinstiffs.com/power-stays/6-2-5-power-stays.html ).  You can achieve the same objective with stuff lying around the house for free.  I did. 
 
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Step 1: The supplies

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Begin with a pair of metal snips, a piece of feromagnetic metal, two small disc magnets, your original plastic collar stays and a marker.  If you don't own metal snips, you can probably use good scissors.  A rotary tool like a Dremel with a cut-off wheel, or even a saw would likely work too.

I did not buy anything.  I took two disc magnets from the back of some old refrigerator magnets.  The piece of metal was in a box of junk in the garage.  Thin steel or other feromagnetic sheet metal is widely salvageable from old toasters and other items that are commonly thrown away.  You can also buy a small metal sheet at hardware stores, craft stores or on ebay.  At Home Depot, just walk down the galvanized vent aisle.  You will find something cheap that will likely be large enough for collar stays for the whole neighborhood.  If you do not have neodymium magnets lying around, these are cheap and widely available at hardware stores, ebay and other sites.  You only need two.  I quickly found a set of 20, 8mm disc magnets for $3.49 on http://accstation.com/mothremgnt01.html 




Step 2: Trace your collar stays on the metal

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Take your original plastic collar stays and trace them on the metal.

Step 3: Cut out the metal stays

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I used tin snips to cut out the traced collar stays.  You probably could use a Dremel, saw or maybe even some industrial scissors depending on how thick your metal is.  The metal I used was easily bendable by hand. 

You can buy a bunch of metal ones on amazon for under 3 bucks, and they won't be all jagged :)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A7L8ZKE/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

You can buy a bunch of metal ones on amazon for under 3 bucks, and they won't be all jagged :)

cwallwork3 years ago
Wow, there is clearly some misunderstanding here.

You should always remove collar stays before washing a shirt, whether they are metal or plastic.

Magnetic stays are a great idea. They give the unbuttoned dress shirt look that you see on people like George Clooney. A button down collar is not the same thing, it is much less formal. There are shirts with hidden collar buttons, but they are hard to find.

For the people who suggest adding buttons: Make sure you are proficient enough to sew good looking button holes through stiff collar material. I know I am not, so I will be assembling myself some of these.
AwajiMan3 years ago
I think that this is a fantastic 'ible just on the merits of making your own metal collar stays. The addition of magnets is just brilliant!

I'm curious to see if the bottom of steel beverage cans could yield a pair or two.
Where are there steel beverage cans? I thought they were all aluminum.
Usually asian and european drinks come in steel aluminum alloy cans - things like canned coffee, soy milk, coconut water, etc. Usually these have flat, rather than concave bottoms since the steel is stronger.
tommagic13 years ago
I wonder what would happen if you made the tabs out of one of those "plasticized" refrigerator magnets...you know, the ones you might get a calander or some advertising? You could probably make the 2nd magnet from the same material. I don't believe this material rusts....
Brilliant! However, for the inside, you will definitely have to use a stronger magnet.
dchall83 years ago
As seen on TV...just last night!
The original air date was April 29 2011.
YES! Saw these on "Shark Tank" about that time!!
yes so did I lets give credit to the creator
criggie3 years ago
I just use the buttons.
banker3 years ago
I made a pair of these after seeing the guy on Shark Tank with his.
You don't have to buy a small metal sheet at hardware stores, craft stores or on ebay. I cut up a soup can for my stays, and I ordered the neodymium magnets from ebay.
These are really great. Go make some.
paulo5003 years ago
All my golf shirt collars curl up!! What a pain in the $%#. I wonder if i can utilize this method somehow.
banker paulo5003 years ago
Try using velcro dots for your polo shirts.
scoochmaroo3 years ago
Very clever!
Lorddrake3 years ago
why not use clear coat to protect the metal from rusting and ruining your shirt?