Magnet Ball Tutorial

These magnets are so fun to make and after they are dry they have a high gloss glasslike finish. 

Materials:

3/4 "- 1" wood knobs (they have a flat back to them)
acrylic paints
paintbrushes (some nice ones to paint and one you will trash after the project is done)
Envirotex Lite epoxy resin
toothpicks or some sort of contraption that will allow them to dry
magnets
E6000 glue

Gold leaf pen or other permanent type of marker

1. I used the wooden balls that had the perfect size hole to fit my magnet in. I actually had them already in my studio for years so I really don’t know what is out there in the craft stores. But just find a wooden ball that has a flat back on it so the magnet will sit flat.

  1. 2. Get our your acrylic paints and then paint any design on them. I am partial to dots. I used my finger to hold the ball in place. It fit perfectly. Get creative. be bold, have fun. I outlined the circles with a gold leaf pen. Just make sure you are careful with the brush strokes because those will really be highlighted when you paint the resin on. 

3. After they are completely dry mix your resin together according to manufacturer’s instructions. PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. That stuff really isn’t something you can "wing". When you have the resin mixed completely paint it on the ball (just like you would paint with acrylics) with a junk paintbrush. You will have to throw it away when you are done.

  1.   4. Fix up some sort of drying station for the resin balls and DO NOT TOUCH them for 24 hours. I know they will call your name and say "Come on touch us we are dry." But don’t believe them until a full 24 hours goes by. Here they are drying with a beautiful glass-like finish on them.

    5. After 24 hours, glue your magnet on.

Originally posted December of 2007





Comments

  1. where can you get the epoxy stuff? I know YOU get it from your secret super craft supplier, but can we normal folks go to Craft Warehouse or Micheals?

    Also, have you ever used Liver of Sulfer to oxidize anything? If so, can you buy it around here? You are amazing and inspiring, your hubby is so sweet!

  2. Melissa M. M. M. says:

    Gorgeous and so very original! Mel

  3. Mary Leeson says:

    These make such cute magnets! (You can also use these to put little “feet” on the bottom of a cubed notepaper pad.) TFS and blessings to you~

  4. infarrantly creative says:

    Epoxy can me found at Michaels or Craft Warehouse Eryn. I have not used Liver of Sulpher but I am pretty sure you can buy it at a hardware store.

  5. Cute, cute, cute! Fantastic idea!

  6. Love the magnet balls!

    I just found your blog the other day and I love your work!

    Darling kiddos too. ;)

  7. “Funkalicious”….that’s a new one!

  8. Umm…I think you’re a lot more creative than I am. I thought I was cool with painting clothespins, but you’ve got me beat! Those are too cute!

  9. web development says:

    this is a great idea. glad you came up with it and shared. these magnets are sweet.

  10. jules p says:

    this is so cute. And seems fairly simple. They would make a cute teachers gift.

  11. Don't forget to tell about the air bubbles — if air bubbles form as your project is drying, just puff air on them (like a "ha" sound, not like blowing out candles) and they will rise to the surface and pop and you won't ever be able to tell. Great project! I love that stuff!

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