Love & Magnets

Magnet Hearts

I have always considered there to be two types of magic in the world.  The first, and most important, is Love.  On this Valentines Day, Love is the center of attention, and that is why it is one of my favorite days of the year.

The other type of magic is magnets.  Yes, magnets.  This is an utterly different type of magic from Love, but magnets are magic nonetheless.  I know scientists have all types of theories about magnets, from Maxwell’s equations to quantum mechanics (yes, I Googled it), and I call FIE on all of that!  Magnets are magic, pure and simple.  It is only because they are so commonplace that we have become blind to their magic.  If we were walking down the street and suddenly saw two car tires fly from opposite sides of the street to meet in the middle, we would be startled.  If we saw a tennis ball levitate in mid air, we would be frightened and confused.  But if we see two magnets fly across space so as to touch, we just go “So what?  They’re just magnets!”

What is the point of all this you ask?  Well, I was perusing the aisles at my local discount store and ran across a bag of heart shaped gems.  These naturally piqued my crafting interest, and I bought them.  They just happened to be pretty much the same size as some mini-magnets I had just bought.  The plan came to me in a snap!  What better way to celebrate Valentines Day than combine my two favorite forms of magic?  I would create heart pendants with magnets inside, so that when two wearers got close enough, the hearts would be drawn to each other, fly through space and touch each other.  I couldn’t think of a better crafty project to represent Valentines Day.  And here’s how I did it:

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Amazing Clear Cast Resin
Heart Beads or Gems of appropriate size
Craft Magnets of equally appropriate size
Darice Eye Pins
Alumilite Amazing Mold Putty
Alumilite Red Resin Dye

Supplies

As you can see, the heart gems were just the right size for the magnets

Hearts & Magnets

I started by first taking two of the Darice Eye pins and cutting them a little shorter.  They were a little longer than the heart, so I shortened them just enough to firmly embed in the resin I would be pouring.

Eye PinsShorten

Next it was on to the Alumilite Amazing Mold putty – a two part putty that when thoroughly mixed together would make a beautiful mold in just minutes.

Amazing Mold Putty

I measured out a ball of each part of the putty so that I would have enough to completely surround the heart gem.

Measure

Then I mixed the two halves of the putty together

Mix

Next I covered the heart gem with the putty to make the heart shaped mold

Mold1Mold2

After a few minutes, the mold solidified.  So I made as clean incision along the edge as possible to open it up

incision

Once I peeled it open and removed the heart gem, the cavity left behind was a perfect heart mold

Mold

Since I wanted the Eye Pin to be embedded at the top, middle of the heart, I put a dot where I needed to insert the pin

Dot

Next I got my resin and resin dye

ResinRed Dye

I poured out equal amounts of the Part A and Part B of the resin, and I added a few drops of dye to one of them

Add Dye

Then I thoroughly mixed them together

PourMixed

Because the next few steps involved two hands, and I had no one to help (and because it got very sticky) I could not shoot photos of every little step.  But here is what I did.  I opened up each mold and plopped a magnet inside the heart shaped cavity.  I then ran an Eye Pin through the dot I had drawn on each mold to that it lined up with the very top of the heart shape.  Then I poured resin into the cavity, making sure it got in everywhere and surrounded the magnet.  This was messy, and I over-poured just to make sure there were no air pockets.  Then I closed up the molds.  Extra resin leaked out the seam, which is why I wore rubber gloves!!  Then I left the molds to dry.  I always create more resin than I need, and I leave it in the mixing cup.  That way I can test the resin in the cup for hardness, and know that my resin in the molds is also hard.

In Molds

After a day of drying, I ripped open the molds (they were only one-use molds anyway) and released my resin hearts.  I cleaned up any extra resin and gave them a little polishing.

Magnet Hearts

You can see the Eye Pins embedded in the resin, in front of the magnets, which are also embedded.  The next step was to add a string (or chain, whatever) through the Eye Pins so each could be worn as a necklace.

Necklaces

And when they get close enough…..

Connect

So that’s my Valentines Day Magic Heart Necklaces!

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