# Make a Temporary Magnet

I learned this from my dad when I was a little kid, but I searched instructables and found that no one has posted it, so here it is. I'm actually kind of shocked that no one has posted this yet.

I'd like to apologize for my last instructable to those of you saw it before I deleted it. Also to Tetranitrate, I'm sorry for posting an instructable similiar to yours and thank you for not "blowing up" over it, instead you chose to tell me how to create the iodine crystals. I admit that I forgot to search to see if there were any such instructable already made and was so proud of how well I had written it, that I immediately posted it.

Now onto this instructable. You can turn metal (as long as it is attracted to magnets) into a magnet for a temporary time. This is a neat little trick you can do at home or any other place. Teach your kids how to do this, so then they might be interested to learn more and may even some day grow up to become a mad scientist. This is also fun to try and see how strong you can make the temporary magnet. Hey, you could even use this in a science fair.
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mrmath8 years ago
I was taught that it works better when you rub it in one direction over and over instead of back and forth. Obviously your method works. That's just what I heard.
FrenchCrawler (author)  mrmath8 years ago
According to Wikipedia, you're right. I've always done it this way though, and it has worked well enough to pick up the two nails (and that was only "stroked" for like 10 seconds). Perhaps if I were to only stroke it in one direction the magnetized object would be stronger. I'll have to go try this, I'll update later on the results. Thanks for pointing this out.
5 years ago
Without going into to much detail, it is the electrons that create the magnetism with their "Spin". SO If you move the magnet from the top to the bottom of your fork - the electrons will face towards the magnet, if you then move the magnet back, they will move back the opposite way, you will get magnetism both ways but they are contradicting movements. It is like over inflating your car tire, then letting just too much air out and repeating. If you keep "Stroking" it in one way, the electrons will - near enough - all point the same way.
finfan78 years ago
somebodys probably going to call me something insulting for this but why post something that is both well known since 1st grade and not really that technical or usefull.
5 years ago
Actually you would really be surprised how many people do not know this. I have had to teach many people this method in order to magnetize their screwdrivers. Also I know that this lack of knowledge is not limited to my region because we have hundreds of contractors come in from all over the states and from different parts of the world. Old and young, male and female are included in this. As for it not being useful, I disagree. When we drop bolts and nuts in tight places, most of us do not have those extending magnets, so we have to get a screw driver and magnetize it in this method. There is a tight spot in out trucks that we always drop the bolts in, so we magnetize our Allen wrench to prevent this inconvenience.
5 years ago
I don't know whether to think it's great that you teach them all something useful or bizarre that they don't know it already. Have they stopped teaching this in elementary school science classes around the country? I have a sudden urge to organise a survey to see where this information is still taught.
5 years ago
Interesting idea. What I would like to know is how to turn a metal object in to a permanent magnet.
5 years ago
As far as I know there are only two ways: melt it down and reform it in a magnetic field use a magnetising device I don't know much about this one. I did use one once as a teachers aide so I at least know they exist.
8 years ago
that makes me feal really bad cuase i actually didnt know this lol.
FrenchCrawler (author)  finfan78 years ago
8 years ago
yes
Noodle god5 years ago
Now either move the obect back and forth
Frogotten_One6 years ago
Is there any way you can get the magnetized fork of other object to become un-magnetized? I have done this (unintentionally) to some of the tools I use and I am wondering how you remove this.
6 years ago
okay to get rid of temporary magnetic properties one thing you can do is hit it really hard against something and its magnetic properties will be lost
A question! If you where to heat a nail until it is red hot then placed it near a magnet would the nail become magnetic?
6 years ago
When iron reaches a certain temperature, it loses magnetic properties (not even attracted to magnets). When it drops back below this point, magnetic properties return. I have a horseshoe magnet from an old hand-crank phone that is weak. I plan to see if heating it to non-magnetic in my forge then slowly cooling it with neodymium magnets attached to see if this will strengthen it noticeably (magnetically realigning the iron molecules).
monkeyman15187 years ago
i been stroking a pair of scissors for about...5 minutes
monkeyman15187 years ago
I used tweezers. It's not everyday you see tweezers picking up a fork.
JellyBaby8 years ago
Don't worry what anybody else says It may be well known but your "instructable" that you have posted helped with my homeorks and im 13
FrenchCrawler (author)  JellyBaby8 years ago
I'm appreciated :) I wasn't really worrying, but felt that I should point out that there are other instructables that show simple things that some people may have learned while others may not have. Thanks though for your comment :)
Tetranitrate8 years ago
Hey man dont worry about it. You didnt have to delete it, there have been a ton of posts simmilar to mine, and I have done a few posts similar to others. If your excited to post something, but find out that its been done before, just include things that werent in the other one. This is instructables, it should be a friendly environment, yet so many people out there will get mad for no reason. We are all here to help each other and give advice on how to make cool things.
8 years ago
When building stuff, there are lots of correct ways to get to the same place. So while you shouldn't copy and paste someone else's Instructable, posting a project that is similar or even uses the same techniques is totally ok. The community can definitely benefit from seeing two experts do the same thing.
8 years ago
I'd like to emphasis how you said "expert." As many know, the community really does not like when a project is done twice with a lack of respect for what has already been done (particular when it comes to amateur pyrotechnics etc.)....