Magnet Spheres

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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Magnet spheres are an important part of many of my magnetic sculptures. Although the big spherical magnets are very beautiful, I think large quantities of smaller magnet spheres create the most eye-catching designs. Place enough small magnet spheres together, and you end up with a design that looks organic, even plant-like. It's like a silvery version of something you might find living on the bottom of the sea.

Magnet Spheres Online

The easiest place to find cool magnets is online. I suggest buying NIB magnets. They're much stronger than regular magnets, which means you can make much better, more intricate designs.

NIB is an acronym which stands for Neodymium Iron Boron. You'll sometimes see it written as NdFeB. These are the metals which create the alloy in NIB magnets. NIBs are a type of rare earth magnets. Other popular rare earth magnets are Samarium Cobalt, but they are usually heavier, and more expensive, making them less popular than NIBs.

Rare earth magnets were created in the 1970s and '80s. They're super strong. In fact, most people don't have any sense of how strong a magnet can be until they hold these guys in their hands. They're a lot of fun to play with, but I also find them oddly soothing. Whether you teach with them, sculpt with them, or just air doodle with them is up to you.


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