Introduction: Make Magnetic Vases From Silverware

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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:

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- Hacksaw

- Silverware with a hollow handle

- Various files

- 1/4" neodymium magnet

- Two part epoxy (not pictured)

- A bench vise

Step 2: Cutting

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- 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

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- 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

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- 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.

Comments

jrudolchick (author)2016-07-31

I really like this idea. I think I found my new "sisters' gifts for no particular reason other than I love them"!

M3G (author)jrudolchick2016-07-31

If you make any, I'd love to see them!

sarawelder (author)2016-07-31

nice use for old silverware that is so easy.

M3G (author)sarawelder2016-07-31

It really is!

Krendelk (author)2016-07-28

I would do it with magnets.

M3G (author)Krendelk2016-07-28

Sorry, I'm not sure what you mean?

parisusa (author)2016-07-27

Hi, my mother bought me this bud vase years ago at an Antiques Fair! It is made from a knife (hollow & cut in half for the flower) and a bent spoon as the base! Here are photos!

M3G (author)parisusa2016-07-27

That looks really cool, thanks for sharing!

deluges (author)2016-07-27

Amazing! The kind of original idea I wish I had myself :)

M3G (author)deluges2016-07-27

Thanks! I must confess, though, it's not an entirely original idea; my Nana suggested this to me :)

watchmeflyy (author)2016-07-27

Beautiful idea. :)

M3G (author)watchmeflyy2016-07-27

Thabks!

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