For my first ever Instructable, I am going to show you how to make a quick and easy fridge magnet using cold porcelain.
Step 1: What You Will Need
Food colouring or acrylic paint
Step 2: Adding Colour
Take a small amount of your cold porcelain and add the food colouring or paint to it and work it in until you have a nice even colour. Cold porcelain dries very quickly, so only take out what you need and keep the rest tightly covered. It will also dry slightly darker, so keep that in mind when adding the colour.
Step 3: Making the Flower
Spread a small amount of glue on your magnet to help secure the flower.
Pinch off a bit of your center colour and roll it into a ball.
Make 4 or 5 balls for the petals, trying to keep them evenly shaped and relatively the same size.
Arrange the balls on top of the magnet and make a fairly deep indentation with the toothpick, rolling it back and forth slightly to open up the petal.
Put a tiny dab of glue on your center piece and place it on top, pressing down lightly.
Step 4: And That's It!
Inspect your flower for any cracks, which will happen if the cold porcelain is too dry, and smooth them out with your fingers or the toothpick. Use a very small amount of water if necessary. Don't worry about getting it too perfect because it can be easily sanded with an emery board once it is dry.
Set it aside and let it dry for at least 24 hours, then seal it with some spray varnish or Mod Podge, or even just plain glue. This is important because cold porcelain is not water resistant. It is, however, extremely tough stuff. In the picture, the larger pink and blue flowers were both sealed with Mod Podge and the yellow one was sealed with puzzle glue. They have been on my fridge now for 6 months, being knocked off it several times, and look good as new. The little white one was made with uncoloured cold porcelain and is waiting to be painted. It has also been on the fridge, for a couple of months now, and is none the worse for wear.
I hope you enjoyed my little Instructable and have fun making some magnets of your own. :-)