Step 1: Collect your materials!
The first step in creating a foreign coin fridge magnet is to acquire coins of a foreign (to you) nature. I accomplished this through eBay (coin search. I spent about $15 after shipping on a lot of 50+ coins.
You'll also need magnets and some type of adhesive to affix the magnets to the coin. I picked up some typical round magnets from the craft section in Wal*Mart. I also grabbed some Aleene's Tacky Glue. I chose the clear to make it easier to cover up my mistakes :).
Step 2: Cleaning the coins
Step 2: Cleaning:
The first step to cleaning the coins is to let them soak in mildly soapy water. I left mine in a bowl with just a little generic dish soap overnight. This helped to free up a lot of the dirt and gunk on the coins. I dried them using a standard (and old) towel.
The next step is to get the coins shiny and new-looking again. After doing some research, I decided on the well-known Taco Bell hot sauce method. This, of course, required me to eat food from Taco Bell.
While watching a movie to pass the time, each coin sat in a little bowl of the hot sauce for approximately 3-4 minutes. After that, I pulled them out, rubbed them a bit, and then dipped them into a bowl of water and dried them off with a paper towel.
Some of the coins came out better than others, but they all looked much cleaner. I waited until they were all clean before deciding which ones were clean/shiny/neat enough to be magnets.