Dude, Where's My Car?

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For city-dwellers who park in a different place each time they return home, a simple way to remember where the car is parked: a magnetic key-holding arrow for marking a street map on your fridge.

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Step 1: Shape Arrow From Sculpey, Attach Magnets

I used Sculpey polymer clay, pressing two magnets into it and then baking the clay and magnets together. When it cooled, I crazy-glued the magnets onto the arrow.

Step 2: Here's the Front

Here's the front, with the key hook. I painted mine blue.

Step 3: On the Map

Here it is holding a key on the map. That's where the car's parked.

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    35 Discussions

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    bobgbobg

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    ...and another version, "5-Minute Project: A Parking Map For Your Fridge" from the May 2010 Popular Science:
    http://www.popsci.com/announcements/article/2010-04/may-2010-futue-car

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    wupme

    10 years ago on Step 1

    How hot do you need to bake the Sculpey ? Because NdFeB (Neodym) Magnets can't take a lot of heat. Maybee something that hardens just with air and time could be good for that.

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    bobgwupme

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    275F/130C. We used regular fridge magnets, and they worked fine after baking.

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    wupmebobg

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Then they are probably made of ferrit, they can take more heat i think. But neodym loose theyr energy at tempratures of 80C and above. Probably useful information if somebody is gonna reacreate this :)

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    monkha

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Great map! I wish I had seen this a few years ago. We had to make a similar map, but of all the street cleaning days around our building. We just couldn't afford the ticket$. However, we would forget where we parked our car much more frequently :)

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    jongscx

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Now this assumes that you have enough mental fortitude to remember where you parked it long enough to plot it on the map...

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    MrK

    12 years ago on Introduction

    It's cool... But maybe if a burglar breaks into your house and you went out without your car.... ups what do you think?

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    waterman

    12 years ago on Introduction

    how it sounds if i tell u that i have my parking place at 5 metres from my windows... and i can see allways my car on windows... and hear if the alarm goes on ... ? come to my country people... Come to Romania :D

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    necromncrwaterman

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Naah, come to Slovenia! I have my car parked in front of the house and I'm in a middle of a forrest with VDSL internet connection. 10 minutes drive to capital city and we leave doors mostly unlocked :-)