Introduction: Magnetic Katamari Desk Organizer
My, your desk really is full of things!
Which is why you totally need a katamari to get everything together. This organizer not only holds pencils and pens, but also sports magnetic ends to hold paperclips, pins or binder clips.
And if you'd rather an edible katamari...
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Step 1: What You'll Need...
Clay - in lots of colors!
4" plastic ball
Plaster of Paris
Frame for plaster mold
Plastic bag or wrap
Ideally, a Katamari game in progress, purely for reference purposes : )
Step 2: Form and Bake Katamari
You want a hollow clay ball...I'll describe how I made one, but there is probably a simpler way.
- Mix and pour plaster in a frame (a wood or cardboard box works)
- Set plastic ball half way into plaster
- Once plaster has set, remove ball
- Roll out clay in a 1/4" sheet
- Fit and press clay into mold
- Remove excess clay from around the mold
- Carefully remove the half circle of clay and place on baking sheet
- Repeat for second half
Step 3: Bake and Glue Together
Sand the ends of both halves and glue them firmly together
Note: The picture shows holes already created in the top piece. I added those thinking it would be easier at this stage, however, it is actually more efficient to drill holes after the katamari is fully constructed.
Step 4: Add Color
If you want a more colorful katamari, roll out a thin sheet of colored clay and wrap around ball.
Bake an additional 15 minutes.
Step 5: Magnetic Katamari Ends
A tablespoon can be used to make more uniform ends...
- Choose four colors of clay
- Form into four balls of increasing size
- Line tablespoon with a thin piece of plastic (i used a grocery bag) so you can remove the entire piece at the end
- Place three smallest balls into spoon
- Set in magnet and smoosh down
- Place last ball of clay (the largest) in spoon and press down.
- Remove the whole piece by pulling out the plastic
- Set aside and repeat
Step 6: Attach Ends
Using a strong adhesive and a clamp, glue on all ends.
Once ends are placed, drill out several holes of different sizes. Some may be small enough for a paintbrush, while another large enough to hold a pair of scissors.
Step 7: Make and Attach Random Clay Items
As you know, a katamari can pick up anything and everything. Make small clay accessories with that in mind. Form and bake fruit, electronics, animals, monuments...and don't forget to throw in a cousin or two! Not everything needs to sit flat. For example, balloons can be made from clay and attached to a wire to add more dimension (drill out hole in which to glue wire).
Glue all your pieces to the katamari.
And you can always add more later if the mood strikes.
Now you have somewhere to put your supplies, but just be sure to keep it from rolling up the rest of your desk...office...building...city...and so on!