Tuesday, November 19, 2013

DIY Movember Magnets

 I'm not really sure if No-Shave Movember is still a thing, kinda of like how Fashion Night Out died a quiet death.  But who doesn't love mustaches?  It's one of the many hipster mascots that out there, along with cats, birds, and nerd glasses.

Like one my favorite Portlandia skits "Put a Bird On it", you can put a mustache on ANYTHING.

Just check Pinterest for "mustache" and you find coffee mugs, t-shirts, stickers, nail art, and more.  People are insane for anything with a mustache.

I wanted to make something crafty for Movember, just in case you ever needed a lil' party favor or gift for a Movember event.  Everyone likes a good mustache party. 

You will need:
- Polymer clay, any color
- Black Sharpie
- Magnet backs
- Superglue
- Clear nail polish or clear gloss spray paint (Optional)

First warm up the clay in your hands and form into balls about the size of a large grape.  You want to make sure the clay, when  pressed flat, will cover the magnet back. Use wax paper to protect the surface you are working on, as sometimes the clay will leave color on white surfaces.

Second, press the clay balls flat.  You can use a drinking glass to press evenly. Make sure to flatten to about 1/8th inch in thickness.

Next, bake in the oven at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.  If you have made larger or smaller clay disks then follow the baking instructions according to the wrapper.  Pictured above and below are some smaller balls I made to flatten into smaller discs for earrings.  The smaller discs I baked at 275 degrees for 10 minutes.

Let cool completely before drawing your designs on with a black Sharpie.  If you'd like a glossy surface wait until the Sharpie has dried before using clear nail polish to paint a coat or spray paint a coat of clear gloss.  Try to limit the number of brush strokes of clear polish as it can make the Sharpie bleed or feather.  I made 3 magnets without a clear coat and one with the clear nail polish.  The magnets look really good without a clear coat.

Last, attach the magnet backs with superglue.  You can also use self-adhesive magnet backs instead of using superglue. 

Now enjoy and use to totally pimp out your fridge or give away to your awesome friends!

Later my ninjas!



Post a Comment