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« on: July 24, 2010 05:14:50 PM »

So I'm making this creepy slug things for a friend. They're from some anime movie he likes. I want them to be magnets maybe about 1 1/2 inch long. Can I bake a magnet into clay or do I have to glue it on afterwards?

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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2010 06:22:50 PM »

I bake mine into the clay.  There have been times it has not stuck after baking tho.  Then I just glue them back in.  You do have to be a bit careful if your using a steel cookie sheet.  I had a magnet jump out of the clay item once while I was trying to put it on the sheet...even though I had it on parchment at the time.  Those rare earth magnets are the best but super super powerfull.  I have not, however, used the black "craft" type magnet.  They are not strong enough to support the clay perhaps?
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2010 08:54:33 AM »

They're safe to bake with the clay but they may lose some of their magnetism at our baking temps (especially over 265 F).  That's what the DH-physicist said when I asked him anyway.   

There's more discussion about using magnets (how to attach them, more about baking and types, etc) with polymer clay on this page of my site too if you want to check it out:
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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2010 06:36:07 AM »

I have tried baking magnets into my clay with a little layer of clay over them, rendering them invisible.  Those turned out very weak and were useless as magnets.  Baked at 275

I tried baking them into my clay with the magnet exposed.  Many of those, the magnet popped out of and needed glueing.  Some stuck very well and others seemed weak(now I know why, thanks Diane).  They were baked at 275.

I have found that the best way, for me, is to press the magnet into it, remove, bake, and glue.  All attempts were with circular craft magnets using Sculpey III, baked at 275.

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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2010 08:38:55 AM »

And some times it is best to glue it to the flat back of the item.  Some magnets are so flat to the surface, they can be hard to pick up.  Itdoesn't look like this will be the case...but I thought I'd mention it anyway...
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