Picture of Shiny DIY Magnets
Today I finished a set of three shiny DIY magnets (featuring pictures of windows from various places in the world) based on a tutorial I found on the How About Orange blog and they are adorable! (I also saw an alternate version by Ambrosia Girl with instructions to make tiny Polaroid magnets.) Now that I know how easy they are I plan to make them as gifts for all of my friends. Since my method was slightly different than the tutorials I followed, I took the liberty of photographing things as I went along this time! Pictures after the jump.
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1. I used a postcard that I got from Ikea last year to make my magnets. I used tacky glue to stick the whole thing down on to a piece of chip board. (You can use whatever glue you like best!)

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2. Because I didn't want my paper to warp, I clipped the edges down with flat-surfaced clothespins (so I wouldn't crimp the paper!) and allowed it to dry for a couple of hours.

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3. This is what they looked like glued to the chip board and all cut out. Now they are ready for their clear coat!

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4. I used a triple-thick brush on glaze and I allowed it to dry for 15 to 20 minutes in between coats as the packaging directed. I wanted a resin-like finish; I was going for big time gloss! I looked for Modge Podge Dimensional Magic because I have seen how amazing it turns out, but I couldn't find it. Instead I decided to do several coats with the triple-thick glaze.

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5. And here we are after I have applied the final coat! Now leave it overnight to dry and set before you can handle it without leaving fingerprints in the thick coating.
meister4 years ago
How many coats?
kristileegibson (author)  meister4 years ago
I used four coats because I wanted them to be very shiny and I wasn't sure that one or two coats would do the trick. But it all depends on the quality of your product!