Introduction: Magnetic Sheet Art
This is a cool way to use all those wire clippings you saved up from your other crafts. My seven-year-old daughter made this beach scene in a pinch. I'm sure you can make some pretty awesome wire art, too.
Step 1: Gather Your Steel Wire Clippings.
Grab a bunch of leftover metal wire clippings from your clown cart crafts (this is what I make in my spare time) or other crafts, but make sure all the wire will be attracted to a magnet. Pure copper doesn't work, but RG45 welding rod (steel with copper cladding) does. Plastic-coated steel wire works, too (shown in green).
Step 2: Make Sure All Wires Are Hammered Flat.
Use a small hammer and hammer surface as shown to make your wires flat. Flat wires stick to magnets better than twisted wires; especially when the magnetic sheet art is displayed upright the first time.
Step 3: Gather Additional Items.
You will also need the following items:
1/4 plywood panel,
Cutting surface for the roller cutter,
Ruler or guide to guide the roller cutting,
Adhesive spray, and
a heavy flat object (book).
Step 4: Position the Magnetic Sheet for Cutting.
Place the magnet sheet down on the cutting surface. You can use the appropriately-sized and squared wood panel as a template for the cutting. Leave the magnetic sheet a little big to help when gluing up the assembly. You can trim the extra material off after the sheet is firmly glued to the board.
Step 5: Cut the Magnetic Sheet Using the Board As a Template.
Use your roller cutter to cut the magnetic sheet a little bigger than the board.
Step 6: Spray Adhesive on the Wood Board.
Spray heavy-duty adhesive spray on the flattest side of the board. If spraying indoors, make sure you use an appropriate enclosure (as shown) to catch overspray.
Step 7: Place the Magnetic Sheet (magnet Side Up) on the Board (adhesive Side Up).
Position the magnetic sheet (magnet side up) against the adhesive on the board. Now you can see why you want the sheet cut larger than the board. If not positioned perfectly; no problem. We can trim it perfect later.
Note (5/26/14): The white side of most magnetic sheeting is not magnetic, so be sure to place the magnet side out.
Step 8: Press the Magnetic Sheet Down Firmly and Evenly Against the Board.
After positioning the magnetic sheet, immediately press the magnetic sheet with your hands against the adhesive to form a permanent bond.
Step 9: Place a Heavy Object on the Magnetic Sheet Art Assembly.
Place a heavy object on the magnetic sheet art assembly and allow the adhesive to dry according to the adhesive manufacturer's instructions.
Step 10: Trim the Magnetic Sheet Around the Board.
Once the adhesive dries accordingly, trim off the magnetic sheet that is protruding past the board.
Step 11: Create Beautiful Artwork That Clings to the Magnetic Sheet Art Assembly.
I made this dude. Simple yet....simple.
If you want to see what else I make, please go to www.ClayClothMetalCraft.com and take a look around. I just started this site, but I put more projects on it as the weeks go by. Once there, you can subscribe to my site and download my free guide "How to Make (Torch Braze) a Simple Wire Wheel.
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Your friend, Mark