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brokenumbrella
« on: November 24, 2012 03:31:40 AM »

Hello all,

For reasons too complicated to go into I need to make my boyfriend a magnetic map. This is so some counters can be moved around the map and will stay in place.

My dilemma - do I make the ma magnetic, and the counters out of metal? You can get A4 magnetic sheets but I've heard that if you cut them, it compromises their magnetic-ness, and I need the ma to be less than A4.

Or, do I use little magnets for the counters, and back the map with some kind of sheet of metal - if so, what would be thin and lightweight enough?

Thanks to anyone who read this far Cheesy
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Alexus1325
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2012 06:04:35 AM »

I think a cool solution would be to get a piece of galvanized sheet steel, probably from the ducting section of a hardware store, and paint or transfer the map to that. You can transfer an image using the duct tape method or the mod podge method, and then paint the map. Or you can use an overhead projector (a laser copier can print onto the clear sheet you'll need) to get the outline before painting. If you use permanent marker to outline and colour the map, a sealant would be unnecessary.

You could also adhere a paper copy of the map, coloured by hand or not, directly to the sheet metal with some spray glue and then either mod podge or a spray sealant of some kind on top of the paper to give it a shiny finish (over time, the magnetic counters would slowly degrade the surface of the paper, otherwise). I know there are people who will say "just mod podge the map directly" but frankly, 3M's Super 77 spray glue is so super awesome, everyone should own a can. If you click "product information," over on the left, you'll see the product description states it sticks to paper AND metal Cheesy (not affiliated with 3M in any way, just really impressed with this particular product)

Just out of curiosity, is this for a strategic table top game?
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