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flute_starr
« on: December 09, 2003 05:04:46 AM »

to make my own magnetic poetry, i use the magnet strips that are about half an inch wide (they come rolled up in a sort of coil) and are sticky on one side.  then i just cut out words from magazines or newspapers and stick them to the magnets, cut them out, and cover with nail polish or mod podge to seal them on.  i made a whole set for myself with the words from the bottoms of delia's catalogue pages, and a set for my friend from campus newspaper headlines.  they make good presents!
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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2003 08:50:30 AM »

Cool! Do you have pics of your completed magnets?
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2003 02:14:36 PM »

unfortunately, no Sad
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2003 10:05:06 AM »

I've done this before, it's totally fun. This way you can personalize them better than the sets you can buy. I have pictures of one set i made on my website: http://aryn.astronautdown.com/projects/poetry.html
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2003 01:39:32 PM »

yay! i'm glad you had pictures, and thanks for putting the extra tips about bending the magnets back, etc: i hadn't thought to mention that.
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2003 02:59:55 PM »

Does anyone have links to word lists that would be found in a standard magnetic poetry kit?

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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2003 03:14:35 PM »

http://www.genuineclass.com/ex_magpoetry.html  has  what seems to be a more kid oriented word list, but it's at least a start

http://www.createdbyteachers.com/dolchlist.html is the Dolch word list used in schools and is a good listing of basic words
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« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2003 09:35:11 PM »

Clear nail polish as mod podge.  Good idea.  And maybe glitter nail polish could add a cool effect too.  Thanks for the inspiration.
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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2003 12:09:07 AM »

 Shocked ^^ i had NO IDEA that HP had cool stuff on their website

thanks for sharing

i LOVE the idea of making your own poetry. if you're looking for a funky theme... i bought a set awhile ago that was "personal ad" themed

you can even cut out small pictures to be used in the phrase making

the words are so fun to make phrases with

i took some pics of my poetry if some of you want to print out your own





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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2003 05:14:20 AM »

I made my own too, i put them in an AOL tin and painted "Swear words" onto it, since that's mostly waht mine are. Wink i'll try to take pictures later.
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« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2003 09:24:59 AM »

The AOL tin...the perfect storage place!  Great idea!  I think I'll add a (big) magnet to the back of the tin too so I can put it near the words I'm using.  This is a great idea.   Love it!

I might have to scan in some paper dolls (or covers from clothing patterns) and make a some funky magnetic paper dolls to say the words....I can see it now: a stylish Vogue model saying "Eat the *** leftovers."  Just a thought.  Wink
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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2003 09:58:51 AM »

another idea from a friend:
cut out individual panels from those soap-opera-esque comics (like rex morgan, m.d.) and make them into magnets, and then you can mix up the panels to make wonderfully weird storylines. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2004 06:56:34 AM »

Hey, don't tell anyone this....my day job is at the MagPo company.

The original set was made by a guy wanting to write song lyrics, so he went through magazines and newspapers and found interesting words, phrases, etc, and glued them on misprinted magnets. He originally had them on a cookie sheet until a roommate wanted to bake, so they made the jump to the fridge.  He took 100 sets to a craft fair, sold them out in three hours and voila! 10 years later, he's still inventing cool creative products!  It's an inspiriation to be sure-to think that a little idea like that could end up making you millions some day (well, after a lot of hard work!)

Obviously, it's in my best interest to encourage everyone to buy from our website, but there's also a link where you can play online with virtual words on the board, and go from there.

www.magneticpoetry.com

And of course, as you all know, Magnetic Poetry is now a copyrighted phrase, so if you're planning on selling these, call them something else, ok?  Cause one of my jobs is to report copyright infringment that I find...... but we can only get really mad if someone's trying to profit from their product using the phrase Magnetic Poetry.

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« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2004 07:58:38 AM »

One of my co-workers and I were talking about not wanting magnets around the computers at work. We don't have a lot of metal surface anyway.

So I started thinking, what surface do I have a lot of? Fabric cube walls. I haven't gotten off my butt to actually make it, but maybe one of you will like the idea...

Print out a bunch of your words - a little bigger font size since it's going to be in your cube. Laminate (so the paper will last) and stick just the hook side of velcro (hook and loop tape) to the back. Then instead of magnetic poetry you have velcro poetry for your cube at work!
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« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2004 08:26:01 AM »

Ooh like the felt boards we had in school as kids! cool!

Have you guys seen the t-shirts with velcro (oh whoops another copyright Wink ) strips and letters that you can use to make your own wordy-t shirts and change when you feel like it?  very cute!

Here @ the office, we have big sheets of metal screwed to our cube walls for our own magnet sets we each put up. It's a lot better than a fridge or a filing cabinet because it's right there......we had them custom-cut from large sheets by the friendly people at our local home supply store.  

And once again, I don't want anyone to think we're some big bad sue-happy company, but like I said please don't use Magnetic Poetry's name if you do want to sell a magnet set. You're all creative enough to think up a better name anyway!
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« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2004 04:45:43 PM »

I've always liked this idea that I saw on living it up with ali and jack. they take cheap cookie sheets and tack them to the walls and then used them as magnetic message boards. I think it would be good for displaying magnetic poetry ... or magnetic words I suppose if you're making you own.

http://www.aliandjack.com/10.2v2.asp?SegmentID=75
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« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2004 06:08:08 PM »

(Sorry that this is very similar to your guys' posts, but here it goes...) My friend's birthday was recently and she is OBSESSED with poetry of any sort. So I found a large frame in my basement, painted it a tone of her room (and to be fancy, I antiqued the darker second tone on top... yea... I felt professional!) and framed a piece of sheet metal I picked up at Menards! Tres chic! Now she can keep her magnetic poetry in her room (hidden from snooping eyes) and whatever she writes is a framed masterpiece!
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« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2004 11:49:11 AM »

coolness! putting on my to-do list....need to buy stuff...now Shocked
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« Reply #18 on: April 25, 2004 04:44:33 PM »

i too love the idea of magnetic poetry..... i have used my xyron machine with the magnet cartridge for some great results.
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« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2004 10:18:46 AM »

  I've done this too! It is very fun! So much better than ordering custom Poetry Magnets!  Grin
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« Reply #20 on: May 06, 2004 02:32:37 PM »

This has given me a couple of ideas. One of course is to take newspaper/magazine clippings to magnetic strips (I got some that came in a craft grab-bag from Goodwill) The second idea had just come to me just like that. Printing paper Dolls on magnetic sheets. Like the Punk Doll one (Can't remember from what exact post this came from.)
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« Reply #21 on: May 06, 2004 08:15:40 PM »

i just found some images that would work well for the poetry.  at the scrapbooking store.  they are by making memories, sheets of stickers (i think they call them fetti).  the colours and fonts already to go i copied mine on a colour copier and ran it through the xyron.  voila, i have my own poetry set.  now i just have to make some to personalize.  i copied some of the newer sticker sets too, i think they look cool as magnets too.

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« Reply #22 on: May 27, 2004 11:15:29 AM »

I wrote a small application custom-made to design my own magnetic "TILES"

It is good for any creative production connected to words. Poetry is one example :-)
You can change font/size/colors... and it is FREEWARE !

Just design your words,, and then print it on magnetic sheets. Works on any ink-jet printer.

Feel free to download and try. Please read the included manual for easy instructions, first, though... Smiley

http://home.swipnet.se/edersoft/rqwords.html

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« Reply #23 on: May 28, 2004 06:10:42 AM »

Absolutely right that creativity cannot be copyrighted-however, the NAME Magnetic Poetry is, and the word lists are protected as well, so be careful!   Wink
The company's mission statement is to help people find creative parts of themselves they never knew existed, so by all means, make your own set of words, but if you try to sell it, don't call it Magnetic Poetry.
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« Reply #24 on: May 28, 2004 07:10:28 AM »

Velcro Poetry....what an awesome idea! I have a feeling that my boring cubicle is about to get a good deal more interesting...Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #25 on: May 28, 2004 08:38:48 AM »

On the RqWords post, I downloded the program to floppy disk. Installed it on the computer. It ran perfectly the first time, but since then I open it I get the opening screen, bew then the ToolTip comes on & doesn't do anything else. Just sits there (not responding) & I  eventually have to do the Alt/Ctrl/Delete thing to close it.
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« Reply #26 on: May 28, 2004 08:48:32 AM »

I made my big bro magnetic poetry from words i cut out of magazines, and then i sent them in the mail to him in nyc. he loves it! but he says it looks more like magnetic ransom poetry because the words are in different fonts and colours. so 'Magnetic Ransom Poetry' can be a name if you want to sell the stuff...
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« Reply #27 on: June 12, 2004 08:06:19 AM »

Hello, here is a small example of homemade magnetic tiles:



Download the FREE RQ Words at my homepage:
http://home.swipnet.se/edersoft/rqwords.html

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p.sThe picture is also made from within the RQ Words.
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« Reply #28 on: June 12, 2004 08:29:19 AM »

ForevrBee:  here's a site that offers free downloads of paper dolls:  lots are cheezy soap stars (actually that could be kinda funny) and then some cool ones like Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Di.


http://www.100megsfree4.com/gogators4/index.html

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« Reply #29 on: June 12, 2004 09:12:12 AM »

I just checked out the link you gave, Jojo. Definitly a lot of dolls, not too hot about the soap opera ones, but I love the Charmed ones (One thing though, why didn't she make one of Prue, although she is'nt part of the series anymore).
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« Reply #30 on: June 25, 2004 10:37:27 PM »

i too, was inspired to create my own set after i gave one to a friend. who can resist magnetic potery that says:


(the one that is 'flashed' out says "drama queen")

heh heh, i also made a box for him to use them in... i painted a box and put a piece of metal sheet in the top and then covered it with black paper.

this is the bottom of the box


and this is the top (i lettered his name in silver where the black boxes are)

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« Reply #31 on: July 04, 2004 07:01:22 PM »

i feel like such a loser asking this,
 Where do you buy magnetic strips? Craft store? Hardware store?
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« Reply #32 on: July 06, 2004 02:52:46 PM »

i feel like such a loser asking this,
 Where do you buy magnetic strips? Craft store? Hardware store?

i got mine at both joann fabrics and michael's craft store. it was cheaper at joann's... i think 5.99 for 25 meters, which is plenty for a bucnh of magnets :-D (my problem was finding magazines! we never have any at my house!)
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« Reply #33 on: July 24, 2004 07:36:56 PM »

JoJo, thank you so much for the link.  I love the Johnny Depp paper doll.  I'm printing it out as we speak. Cheesy
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« Reply #34 on: July 24, 2004 08:44:38 PM »

If you wanted these to be really sturdy, couldn't you get a sheet of words laminated (the flexible kind) and then glue it to magnet backing?
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« Reply #35 on: July 26, 2004 12:27:39 PM »

Hey! I think its HP that makes "magnetic paper..." Im not really sure what it is called...but its a thin sheet of magnet that you can run right through your printer so you can make your own personalized poetry. I also use it to make pic frames for my fridge, etc.
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« Reply #36 on: August 01, 2004 07:19:19 AM »

Avery makes the best ones (Magnet paper).. Cheapest i've found was at buy.com

http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=10247025&loc=

Correction 25/10: Magnetvalley is absolutely the alltime cheapest (and it is 25 sheets !!!)

http://www.clixGalore.com/PSale.aspx?BID=10341&AfID=74368&AdID=1780&AffDirectURL=http://www.magnetvalley.com/index.cfm/fa/items.main/parentcat/3574/subcatid/0/id/63573

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« Reply #37 on: August 04, 2004 09:04:11 PM »

I've made magnetic poetry as presents a couple times.  I did the print out method.  one comment about it...  magnetic printer paper is thin, so it doesn't stick quite as well/strongly as magnet strips, so just keep that in mind.  other than that, it's very cool, especially if you print them out in different, fun colors for different words!
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« Reply #38 on: February 17, 2005 08:01:20 AM »

 Hello Everybody!

Just wondering if anyone here on the forum is still using RQ Words as a creative tool for making your own magnets?
 
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