I knew that once I got started playing with the glass tiles, I’d be addicted. And of course I was right. They are so easy, so fun, and so cute. I want to show off the little magnets I put together for my mom with some of Raya’s 1-year photos!
My mom does blue-collar work. She can’t stand being stuck in an office. But what that means is that she doesn’t have the traditional work space that a lot of us do. What she does have is some sort of metal box at her station, so she likes to have a few magnets to personalize her space, which needs to be clear at the end of her shift. So I put these together for her, and she was really excited about them! This gives her a great way to show off her newest grandbaby photos, and because they’re so simple, I can make up a new one or two for her every time I have a photo I want to share.
I made the tiles up just the same way as I did the pendant I made for New Year’s Eve. If you need to see a tutorial – go visit that post! I also have a link in that post where I was able to get my tiles from an Etsy seller, and I was really happy with the both the seller and the product. But once you’ve got your supplies on-hand, these are really simple and really quick – my favorite sort of project. :)
I finally got my trimming technique down, just slightly smaller than my 1″ square tiles, and this time I was smart enough to trim the corners so they don’t hang over those rounded edges.
Then I just Mod Podged them onto the backside of my clear square tiles, and used some Amazing E6000 to attach magnets. I have not been able to find clear glass tiles in any of the stores. I was thinking you might be able to Mod Podge your graphic/photo to the front of an opaque tile with similar results, if you are like I normally am, and have a hard time waiting for something to ship just so you can work on a project. :) Another thing you could use are the clear glass pebbles from the floral section (I did something similar when I made my Spiderweb Bracelet for Halloween), though they are a little small.
Anyway, these magnets were some I found at Hobby Lobby and are a bit stronger (the package shows a magnetic scale from 1 to 10, and these rated a 6). So, a quick note to you – if you’re using heavy-duty magnets, be careful to dry them WELL AWAY from each other. Otherwise…
Yeah, these scooted right across my work space to cling to one another. :) Just keep plenty of space, and I would recommend you leave a good distance between them even overnight, until they dry and cure.
If you’re just using light-duty magnets, you could probably just hot-glue them on, but given how strongly these cling (I want them to hold up at my mom’s work), I wanted a heavy-duty adhesive so that when she removes them (which will happen frequently) she doesn’t lose the magnet.
Now I will likely make a whole bunch more, since these are SO quick and easy, and they turn out so darn cute!