Making polymer clay magnets is a fun and easy project. You can get the kids involved or have some friends over for a little magnet making party or just make some yourself. Polymer clay magnets make great gifts as well.
All you need to get started is your choice of colors and brand of polymer clay. Texturing the clay is a very effective way to spruce up your magnets. You can also add images by transferring them to the clay or by adding them with a liquid clay. When transferring it is important to use a light colored clay so your transfer can be seen.
You can also roll the clay flat and cut out shapes with cookie cutters or a paper punch. Just remember that when you use cookie cutters or other items used in the kitchen that once they are used on the clay they should not be used again for food. The clay is non toxic but it is best to use caution.
Adding glass crystals is way to add some sparkle Polymer clay cutters to your magnets, you can also add glitter or embossing powders to the clay and this is called an inclusion. You can also add or embed metal into polymer clay. You can play around with ideas and techniques to see what you like best.
If you have lots of scrapbooking supplies, most of them will also work with polymer clay. You can use metal brads to accent your magnets and those small metal tags also work great. You can add paper or scraps of paper to your magnets as well. Rub ons can also be added to the clay after it has been baked.
After you have finished creating your magnets and have baked them at the temperature recommended by the manufacturer of the brand of clay you choose, then you are ready to glue the magnet to the back. Ceramic magnets are very sturdy and work great for this project. You can use E-6000 to adhere the magnet to the back of the clay. Let them dry for at least 24 hours before using them.
Magnets can also be a great way to help children learn how to spell and count. Cookie cutters are available in letters and numbers and you can put them on the fridge and let the kids use their imagination and skills. Play around with ideas colors and textures and the sky is the limit.