How to Make Spiral Copper Magnets

Add a classy touch to your refrigerator door with these whimsical copper magnets.

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Materials and Tools:

16-gauge copper wire
silver and gold beads
needle-nose pliers
round-nose pliers
flat pliers
chain-forming pliers
wire clippers
220-grit sandpaper
steel wool or abrasive pad (without added cleaning agents)
liver of sulfur in heated slow cooker
large nail
dime-size magnet
epoxy glue

Steps:

1. Cut copper wire in two 6-inch lengths. Sand the ends smooth.

2. Make a small loop in one of the wires with round-nose pliers.

3. Switch to the flat pliers and wind the wire into a spiral by grabbing the loop and turning it in half-turns, repositioning the pliers every half-turn to keep them straight in your hand.

4. At the end of the spiral, grasp the wire with the round pliers again and make the same type of small loop. This will connect to the coil that hangs down.

5. Wrap the copper wire 10 times around a large nail, forming a spring.

6. Form a small loop at both ends of the spiral with round pliers.

7. Twist open the loops to join the spiral and the coil with chain-forming pliers.

8. Grasp each end of the coil with pliers and stretch the coil.

9. Dip the spiral piece into heated liver-of-sulfur solution, rinse and remove excess color with steel wool.

10. Apply a pea-size dot of epoxy to the back of the spiral to attach the magnet.

11. Add a silver bead and a gold bead to the bottom of the coil.

12. Let the glue dry for two hours before you attach the magnet to a refrigerator. Caution: The magnet may form a permanent bond to the refrigerator if not fully dry.

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