Craft Magnets

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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Craft magnets are so much fun to play with! I love making sculptures with rare earth magnets. Rare earth magnets are extremely powerful magnets that were developed in the 1970s and '80s. Rare earths usually fall into two categories: samarium magnets, and neodymium magnets.

Neodymium magnets are often called NIB magnets, because they are made of a Neodymium Iron Boron alloy. When nickel-plated, NIBs make excellent craft magnets. They are good looking, strong, and come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. For instance, you can buy NIBs that are shaped like discs, dimpled rods, cubes with holes cut into them, spheres, rings, and so on.

Craft Magnets Online

I like to buy all my craft magnets online. I always make sure to use a company which has been approved by the Better Business Bureau, and which has a solid reputation. Even a solid reputation is no guarantee that your NIBs will arrive without chips or scratches, so make sure any company you buy from also has a good return policy.

You can make an incredible number of sculptures with NIBs. I like making decorative items, like little cats or dogs. Science teachers can use NIBs to create sculptures of molecules for classroom use. You can find a large number of magnet designs online, or simply create your own. Remember that you can have custom shapes made, if you can't find the unusual shape that you need.


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