Magnetic Mario Earrings Super Stars




About: I work for a charity most of the time but when i,m not i am a wood tuner, former teacher, artist and prop maker, developer and researcher residing in the UK. I cannot think of anything better than the excite...

My lovely wife loves the Mario Mushroom earrings I made for her last year but I thought she might enjoy another set with a little twist.

As any fan of classic Mario knows the appearance of a super star can bring joy to your play and to me my wife is very much a super star.

If you want to make along you will need some wood, neodymium magnets, a rotary tool with some bits and a glue gun, glue and some paints or nail varnish.

Step 1: Thickness

If you have some wood which is in the dimensions you want then you are very lucky.
For me I was almost there with an off cut of holly but needed to get to the right thickness.
I created a zero clearance base for my Dremel fret saw and clamped on a scrap of wood at the desired thickness away from the blade.
Running the wood against the scrap wood fence slowly into the blade helped me to achieve a consistent cut resulting in a uniform thickness peace of wood.

I cut this uniform thick wood into squares.

Step 2: Glue It Like Its Hot

Using my Dremel hot and low temperature glue with low temperature glue I glued the uniform thickness squares onto a scrap peace of MFD. This makes working with the wood a lot easier and reduces the need to find clever clamping methods when carving or shaping.

(interestingly you can get hot and low temperature glue guns.. There useful for different things. I first got mine to work with kids craft groups with the aim of reducing the risk of burns)

Step 3: Holly Wooden Magnet Holes

I used a tool to create a divot in the wooden squares before drilling a space for the magnets. This divot helps to keep the drill bit from slipping and potentially damaging the project.
The drill bit wasn't thick enough for the magnets to fit into the holes so I extended the holes with a Dremel rotary carving attachment.

Step 4: Add Some Veneer

I cut some scrap veneer available which I cut into small shapes and glued to the square peaces with magnets.

Its important to remember to adjust the position of the magnets so they attract each other. I did this by placing magnets on top of the veneer which made the magnets underneath the veneer move to the correct orientation.

Step 5: Love That Glue Gun

Using a chisel and very little effort you can dislodge the now magnetized squares and remove the old glue. If your using a tight grained wood the glue should come off easily in one peal.

Then glue the squares to the board veneer face down.

Step 6: Carving

Locate the magnet by placing another magnet onto of the square. This will give you an idea of how much room you have to make your star shapes.
I freehand drew the five pointed star shapes and used the Dremel tool with carving attachment to remove the waste wood. (I occasionally made one or two cuts with a chisel because it was there)

I used the drum sander in the Dremel tool to further refine the shape and soften the edges.

Once I was happy I gave the stars a quick spray of sanding sealer before heading home to paint.

Step 7: Woohoo Painting

So I had this ace idea that nail varnish was the best thing ever because it looks smooth and shiny on nails.
In reality it drys really slowly and needs lots of coats. I did one coat before using normal acrylic paints to finish the Mario Super Star using internet images as reference.

I should say that i made sure the size was right before panting.

Step 8: Give the Gift

If your making these for someone then giving them is a great time.

I am rubbish at putting off gifting to people so I could have waited for a birthday or some time when gifts are needed but these were given just because I made them.

I think she is very happy with her new magnetic ear rings. And when there not in use they work as fridge magnets :)

Health and safety

Magnets are potentially dangerous.
I would advise against giving these to small children.
If you feel discomfort whist wearing I would advise to stop wearing them.
The magnets are held behind wood sanding sealer ect ect but with most paints magnets ect there is a chance of chemicals which aren't the best to have against your skin. if you feel itchy ect then stop wearing and wash the area.
Other than that you should be fine and have a lot of fun.



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    11 Discussions


    3 years ago

    in my experience magnets wouldnt hold well on ears, unless they were really strong enough which would hurt your ears over time.

    also, try making them from clay..much easier....air dry clay or my favorite sculpey

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    world of woodcraftaalfaro3

    Reply 3 years ago

    hello. i did a number of experements and found that a bucky ball magnet held at just over the distance of 1 sheet of veneer per side of the magnetic ear ring was ideal. ie was the goldilox of not to strong or to weak. I didnt try clay or sculpy partly because i didnt have access to these materials but also because i didnt want to introduce extra weight. i would be interested to see someones results if they were to replicate my work in clay or sculpy and hereing if they experienced any problems and if they did how they overcame them or if they would like some help thinking of fixes.


    3 years ago

    I think that your instructable is very good and creative but I'd like to point out two potential issues. First, people that are sensitive to nickel might have a skin reaction. Second, depending on the size of the magnet and the thickness of skin, the force exerted by the magnets can be high enough to cause damage to the underlying tissue. As long as someone is comfortable wearing them and only wears them a couple of hours I'd think this will not be a problem but everyone is different.

    Here is a reference -

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    Hi Thank you for this. I hope the barrier of glue, veneer wood, sanding sealer/ laqure, paint and varnish would reduce the chances of exposure. It is always a good idea to be safe I will add a safety note to the ible. Thanks again :)


    3 years ago