Introduction: Make Magnetic Vases From Silverware
I always seem to circle back to silverware in my projects. Maybe it's because I still have a massive amount of it lying around, or maybe it's because I love the unique patterns and designs. Whatever the reason, I'm glad I do. It gives me the opportunity to create things I wouldn't normally make, such as this. I'm normally not much of a flower person, but I really like the idea of being able to stick these basically anywhere magnetic ("Hey, why is there a flower on the back of my truck?" "Oh, no reason.")
Step 1: What You Need:
- Silverware with a hollow handle
- Various files
- 1/4" neodymium magnet
- Two part epoxy (not pictured)
- A bench vise
Step 2: Cutting
- Wrap the piece of silverware in fabric to protect it, and clamp it in your vise.
- Use the hacksaw to cut off roughly the bottom 3" of the handle.
- Check to make sure that the section you cut off really is hollow. If not, you have two options: you can either cut off a little bit more, or head to the next step and start filing!
Step 3: Filing
- If the part of the handle you cut off wasn't completely hollow, use a small file to remove any excess metal.
- File down the cut edge of the handle until it is smooth and level.
- Deburr the handle by pulling the edges along a file.
Step 4: Gluing
- Mix up some two part epoxy.
- Dip the magnet in the epoxy and attach it to the back of the handle. I used a bolt with a smaller diameter than the magnet to move the magnet around.
- Once the epoxy is dry, rinse out the inside of the vase a couple times.