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How to make fridge magnets from your miniature collection by Anna-Maria C Sviatko

And no, I'm not talking about simply gluing a magnet to the back of your treasured pieces, although you can do that too, if you wish!

 

What you'll need

(For oversized magnets)

 

* A digital photo of some of your miniature pieces, taken against a white background, preferably without a flash.

* Your computer and colour inkjet printer (or a helpful friend with them. Failing that a Kinkos or other photocopying and printing business should be able to assist you for a price)

* A piece of magnetic printer sheet (available from most office supply or stationery shops)

* Sharp scissors

 

1. Select your photo (I used one I took of a selection of my miniature clocks. It's creative commons so you could use it too, if you wanted: as long as you don't sell the end result!)

2. Load your magnetic sheet into your printer and print the photo to A4 size, using the best printing settings.

 

3. Once the ink has dried completely, carefully cut around each object.

 

4. That's it, you're done!

(For true to size magnets)

* A piece of A4 sized white paper

* A selection of miniature pieces

* A digital camera

* Your computer and colour inkjet printer (or a helpful friend with them. Failing that a Kinkos or other photocopying and printing business should be able to assist you for a price)

* A piece of magnetic printer sheet (available from most office supply or stationery shops)

* Sharp scissors

 

1. Arrange your miniature pieces on the piece of A4 paper, making sure to leave space around each for cutting out later.

 

2. Take several photos of your pieces, ensuring your camera is square onto the pieces and the entire piece of A4 paper is included in the shot. Try to take the photo is clear, diffused light (no shadows) and try not to use the flash.

 

3. Transfer the photos to your computer and chose the best one. Crop any excess away from the edges of the a4 sheet and enhance the photograph as you feel necessary.

 

4. Load your magnetic sheet into your printer and print the photo to A4 size, using the best printing settings and printing right to the edge if possible.

 

5. Once the ink has dried completely, carefully cut around each object.

 

6. That's it, you're done!

 

(You may find the magnetic sheet alone doesn't provide enough "grip" if you're using your magnets to hold papers onto your fridge. If this is the case, you can buy stronger magnet squares from most craft shops or $2 shops: simply glue the stronger magnet onto the back of your printed pieces)

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