Make Magnetic Vases From Silverware

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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:

- Hacksaw

- 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.

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    13 Comments

    user

    It really is!

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

    user

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

    nice use for old silverware that is so easy.

    user

    It really is!

    I would do it with magnets.

    user

    Sorry, I'm not sure what you mean?

    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!

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    That looks really cool, thanks for sharing!

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