Japanese magnetism


November 8, 2010 by jessperriam

Sometimes I think vintage paper and prints are wasted in books.

Admit it: would you hang onto that 1970s animal biology book just for the pretty pictures? Heaven knows, the biology is dated. But the pictures – still amazing.

And how about that A5 size book dedicated to Japanese graphic design in the early 20th Century? It’s hardly something you’ll pull out that often, you know, just to flick through.

So why not turn those books full of pretty pictures into something constructive and practical?

I’ll admit, I bought the aforementioned Japanese book with full knowledge I would never end up reading it.

But I did turn them into cute looking magnets and I reckon that’s a better way to view them, don’t you?

Here’s what you need to emulate the awesomeness:

  • clear glass stones with flat bottoms – you’ll find them in craft supply stores.
  • some cute printed pictures or patterns
  • clear craft glue (it’s essential that the glue is clear when it dries)
  • a good pair of scissors
  • round magnets that roughly match the size of the glass stones
  • a hot glue gun with glue sticks.

And here’s what you need to do with those materials:

1. Find pictures to stick to the glass stones. The best pictures are faces, patterns, or objects that fit the size of the stones. I’m looking at the cat’s face to fit the tiny frame.

2. Cut out the picture a little larger than the size of the stone.

3. Stick the picture to the flat part of the stone. You want to be able to see the picture through the stone.


You don't need a lot of glue on the stone


4. Leave to dry according to the glue’s instructions.

5. Once the picture has stuck to the glass, trim the excess paper.

6. Use a hot glue gun to stick the magnet to the back of the paper. I don’t think I need to state the freaking obvious but hot glue guns are hot by nature. Be careful when you’re using it.

7. Leave to dry.

Voila! Cute magnets to adorn your fridge!


2 thoughts on “Japanese magnetism

  1. Clare Day says:

    want some!

  2. lauren says:

    me too!!

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