Introduction: Paintbox With Magnetic Pans

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I wanted a way to easily switch out the paint in my little box. I use regular paintboxes but sometimes also (altoid) tins. The instructions I found required glueing in the pans permanently or use putty to temporarily stick them in. Putty worked, made the pans easily removable, but a bit messy / sticky. I decided only one thing would give me the flexibility and ease I wanted: MAGNETS
I did find one instructable that used magnetic tape, however, the one I found, wouldn't really stick, and it also added more padding to the pan which made them not fit so well in my regular paintbox (it wouldn't close anymore)

(besides, I like magnets)


I didn't need much to get this to work:

- empty pans
- tubes of paint
- small but strong magnets
- empty altoid tin or paintbox
- water
- knife (optional, for pre-filled pans)

Step 1: Place Magnet in Empty Pan

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Place the empty pan in an altoid tin so it won't move around to much. Add magnet to centre bottom.

Step 2: Fill Pan With Paint

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Try to get it into the corners as much as possible.

Use a toothpick to swirl the paint around a bit to get air-bubbles out and to get it into the corners.

Step 3: Optional: Use Pre-filled Pans

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I have used this paint before, and I have a bad habit of creating wells in the centre. After I wiggled the paint out of the pan with a knife, I placed the magnet in that well and placed the paint - with a bit of water - upside down back in the pan.

Step 4: Leave Paint to Dry

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Overnight, or even longer. Some of my paint dried up wonky and still had air-bubbles. I can fix this later on.

Step 5: Little Movie

Comments

Terri Simmers (author)2016-01-18

where do I get the little magnets that you used?

Terri Simmers (author)2016-01-18

thank you for your tutorial on magnets and the try out of the cut and glue magnet stuff to the bottom of the paint pans. I was wondering how that would work out. So now I will just do the magnets you like instead.

lcliver (author)2014-01-30

Can u add pic of the original paint

tannie (author)lcliver2014-01-30

I don't know what you mean with 'original paint'....

The boxes didn't have any in them and the pans still have their original content (minus the ones I filled from a tube)

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-01-15

Very nice idea! I like that little Altoids paint box. Did you put that together yourself?

Also, you should enter this into the Holiday Gifts Contest!

tannie (author)Penolopy Bulnick2013-01-22

Thanks, I diid :)

I did actually consider making some as gifts myself, hehe. I have some friends who would enjoy them (and who would also appreciate the magnets ;) )

tannie (author)Penolopy Bulnick2013-01-22

Yes, I like those colours :D

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