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Easy charms and magnets

Hollie
2377 Posts
Joined: Mar 2010
Hey Ladies:

Here is a super simple and fun hybrid project. I whipped these up in a flash. You can make a ton of them for very little money. They would make great gifts, party favors, etc.



Supplies:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/theglassconnection?section_id=5430164Glass Tiles - there are several sizes and shapes. I like the Ultra Clear Smooth. I had a hard time with air bubbles with the textured ones.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/theglassconnection?section_id=6342771Super Strong Magnets - these suckers are really strong!  
http://www.etsy.com/shop/theglassconnection?section_id=5472031&page=1http://www.etsy.com/shop/theglassconnection?section_id=5472031&page=1Diamond Glaze or any other type of clear dimensional adhesive
http://www.etsy.com/shop/theglassconnection?section_id=5472031&page=1http://www.etsy.com/shop/theglassconnection?section_id=5472031&page=1E6000 Glue or any other type of glue like it
http://www.etsy.com/shop/theglassconnection?section_id=5488169Medium size Aanraku Bails
Paint Brush
Nail File
Bone folder
Scrapbook paper
Charm images that you create.

Instructions:
Create your digital collages the same size as your glass tile. Print on regular paper. I printed on glossy paper as regular paper images look awful off my printer. You will see the edge of the paper if you do this because its thicker. If you use glossy, you will also need to coat the image with a thin layer of Diamond Glaze first and let it dry before cutting it out and using it. Alternatively, you could print a sheet of images on glossy, then have it colored copied at a place like Staples. If I hadn't been so lazy, this would have been the best choice.

Cut out image. Add a few drops to the back side of the glass tile. Layer image on top. Using a bone folder (or side of a pen, like a Sharpie) rub it back and forth to remove all the air bubbles and push out any excess Diamond Glaze. Wipe excess from edges. Let dry. (It dries quickly.)

Cut out decorative paper to cover back. Add a few drops of Diamond Glaze, add paper back and use bone folder to remove air bubbles. Let dry.

Coat back with Diamond Glaze to protect back. Let dry.

Now, if your image or BG paper is too large and hanging over the edge of the tile, you can trim with scissors or simply file the edge with a nail file once its dry.

You can now add the bail or magnet using a little E6000. I use a toothpick as my tool of choice for the glue. I tried to add 2 magnets to the back of mine.....big mistake. They are so strong, the second magnet I kept trying to put on the bottom would jump to the top one. Doh! Anyhow, one really was enough to hold a pile of photos on the fridge.

That's it. It took me 2 tries to really get the hang of it. Cool thing is, if you mess up, I would just drop the tile in a cup of water and let it soak. Then, I could clean the tile off to reuse it.

Another idea:

My son loves the magnets and wants me to create a series of them for him. If you have little ones, you could do the alphabet but a far cooler one then those plastic letters.

If you give it a go, please be sure to post pictures here!

Have fun!
Hollie
Designer - Holliewood Studio   
Owner - MischiefCircus.com
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Kazadoodle
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Joined: Apr 2010
These are great Hollie.   Thanks for the link to the Etsy store, they are really well priced.  Some things are so difficult to get down here, it drives me nuts.
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eryn
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Joined: Apr 2010
these are great! I love the idea of making the alphabet for the kids!
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jeneeo
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Joined: Apr 2010
Very cool thanks Hollie!!
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LauraPM
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Joined: Jul 2010
I have a similar project that I started quite a while back and never finished.  This looks much easier and quicker.  The glass I got was microscope slides in square and rectangular sizes and you use two to sandwich a your pix or artwork between them.  Then wrap in thin metal tape and cover with solder, soldering on a jump ring or some other kind of ring or bale to hang it from.  My glass has very sharp edges so has to be covered with the metal tape, and I like the look of it, but your project is done and mine's still in the closet somewhere, LOL!  Thank you for sharing this!
PS I was using vintage family photos on mine, so that each tile had a different relative's face on it.
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Hollie
2377 Posts
Joined: Mar 2010
I have made those too, Laura. They take alot more tools and time. I love the look of them. Great idea using your family photos.
Hollie
Designer - Holliewood Studio   
Owner - MischiefCircus.com
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