I don't have a digital camera, so I don't have a finished item pic, but I can describe what I did:
- Start with a rectangular magnet. (This is the kind that is often sold as a souvenir; you can also find them at gift shops with cute/touching phrases on them. They are about 1 1/2" wide and 2 1/2" long.) Here's an example:http://www.demstore.com/cgi-local/SoftCart.exe/scstore/DemStore/magnet-5-scene-DC.html?E+scstore
- Sand the top lightly. This will create a scratchy surface, easier for glue to adhere to. If you overdo it, you'll scrub straight through the shiny plastic overlay and end up shredding the paper of the original image, so you want to do this lightly.
- Trim the image that you want to use so that it is about a half inch too large in each direction. I used an image from a calendar. An image on thicker paper is better, if you have it. I really like to use an image/painting that has a lot of figures in it and then zero in on background figures. It's like you're creating a whole new art piece by focusing in on supporting characters that are there but are not the focus of famous paintings. Below is the image I used - the red box shows the piece that I used for my magnet.
- Brush a layer of Modge Podge onto the sanded surface of the magnet. Place the oversized image on the modge podge. Roll a pencil slowly and firmly along the image like a rolling pin. This will smooth out the pockets of modge podge under the surface. Use a Q-tip to wipe away the excess from the edges.
- When the modge podge has dried, use a craft knife to trim away the overlap edges of the image.
- To dress it up a bit, you can add craft jewels/pearls/beads to the four corners. I used tiny half-pearls (got 'em in a craft supply swap - thanks, tickle_me_ally!). You want something that is flat on one side, rather than round beads. You can glue these on with modge podge; let sit for a while until dry.
- Finally, add one layer of Modge Podge over the whole image and the pearls to seal the whole thing. I managed to promptly drop my magnet on the floor, and the pearls did not come off.)
Voila! (That would probably be a more effective ending if I had a picture of my magnet. I'll take a regular film shot, and then once I get it developed, I'll post the results.)