A friend of mine owns a spa and I help her out with signage and things. We’re looking at fridge magnets as promo giveaways, and these are the drafts. The round ones are 2" across. (I’m not redacting the info… Call if you want to book a massage!)
To create these designs, I developed a couple of manual engrave settings. I wanted 2 discernible shades with a tiny bit of depth, but I didn’t want to carve any deeper than I had to because I was going to carve out a pocket on the back for the magnet.
The dangly design uses some split rings from an assortment at Michael’s. It looks nice but I don’t think I want to make 50 of them!
The Proofgrade HD Engrave uses power 16, speed 300, and it does produce a third discernible darker shade, but at the cost of a deeper carve.
For the magnets, I looked for the best combination I could find of thin, wide, strong, and cheap. These are 2mm thick, 15mm across, and cost $5 for 50. The finish is adequate and mine don’t have an obvious chips or dust. I’d buy them again.
To seat the magnet I figured out another manual carve that made a pocket just deep enough for the magnet and a little glue. (It’s a good idea to sand the char out of the pocket before securing the magnet.)
The pocket is a little bigger than the magnet so glue can smoosh around the edges of the magnet without running out of the pocket–still, you only need a little bit. Also, since these magnets are metal, they may scratch your nice stainless appliances, so the seated magnet is JUST below the wood surface. I got some adhesive craft felt for the back, but it looks like I won’t need it.
To secure the magnets, I first tried hot glue and it did not work at all. The magnets are too slippery for hot glue to grip. Then I tried my handy bottle of Gorilla wood glue, and that did the trick. I read in Amazon reviews that E6000 adhesive will also work, but have not tried it.
That’s enough for one day!