Keyboard fridge magnets
Time for a fun quickie amidst the Jerry project!
Some time last summer, I spotted these necklaces in this one shop that were made from computer keyboard caps. As you can probably guess, the idea of a DIY-something-out-of-keyboard-caps has been brewing in my head ever since. Shortly after, I’ve had a magnet (pulled from a damaged 3,5″ harddisk) and some keyboard caps on my desk waiting to be turned into fridge magnets. Time to give this idea a spin!
The magnet needed to be cut into smaller pieces, so I clamped it down to a vice and cut it into four roughly equal-sized bits using a metal saw. I’ve never cut a magnet before, so was somewhat surprised to see sparks flying immediately when the saw went in. Not sure what actually causes this, but as neither the reflective surface coating or the magnet itself didn’t seem to light up I figured it’s nothing to worry about.
As for the assembly, I first put a small dab of hot glue in the bottom of the cap. Then, I gently inserted the magnet on top of that and “levelled” the inside of the cap up with a bit more glue.
Now what actually happened after this I was not fully prepared for. Whilst placing the caps on the table for the glue to settle, it turned out that the magnetic pull was much stronger than I had anticipated. So, as I placed the third magnet on the table too close to the second one (hot glue still not fully cooled down) they jumped together and pulled in the first one as well (neither fully cooled down)! A silly mess of hot glue and magnets on my desk, yay.
A while or three was then spent cleaning up the mess.. The second try went far more better and eventually I had the completed keyboard magnets on my desk..:
Above, the magnets are about as close you can put them (if not on a metallic surface) before they jump together.. Reckon they will carry quite a fair pile of paper on the fridge door :)