March 2016

  1. DIY Homopolar Motor

    DIY Homopolar Motor
    The homopolar motor is one of the simplest electric motors. They use electromagnetism to support motion and were developed by Michael Faraday in the 1800’s. Homopolar force can be explained using the Lorentz force. This force is caused by electric currents and magnetic fields that are perpendicular to each other, causing rotation. In one of our past blogs, we showed you how to make a similar homopolar motor. The one we are designing today uses two magnets to create forward propelling motion instead of spinning. This motor will act like a small car, moving forward when placed properly. To get started with your DIY magnet car, you’ll need some supplies you can probably find in your kitchen, along with some magnets, of course! Continue reading →
  2. 5 Easy Nature-Themed Magnets

    5 Easy Nature-Themed Magnets
    Spring has finally arrived! This season is the perfect time to get outside and greet the great outdoors once again. But, if this early spring chill is keeping you cooped up, it might be time to bring nature indoors with you. If Snow White’s animal friends aren’t really your style, perhaps nature-themed magnets will do the trick. These magnets can be great for organizing your desk, playing games, or simply adding a bohemian vibe to your living space. They’re also extremely easy to make and a really fun way to welcome the new season. Here are a few different nature-inspired magnet projects to try: Continue reading →
  3. 5 Things That Make Cool Magnets

    5 Things That Make Cool Magnets
    Pretty much everything would make a cool magnet, but it might be impractical to magnetize everything you own. So, instead of trying to magnetize your furniture or your shoes, here are a few items you could find around your home and turn into cool fridge magnets: Continue reading →
  4. 5 Things That Make Cute Magnets

    5 Things That Make Cute Magnets
    It’s spring again! For many people, this means spring cleaning. If you’re brave enough to tackle your craft room, you’ve probably found several random trinkets that you may not find a use for in the future. Instead of shoving your miscellaneous pieces back into a drawer, you can turn these random items into cute magnets to hold notes on your fridge or as gifts for your friends: Continue reading →
  5. How A Cue Ball Works

    How A Cue Ball Works
    Pool, also called billiards, was first invented sometime in the 15th century. It traces back to Northern Europe, and is believed to originate in France. It’s believed that the game first started out with the balls being shoved versus the modern way we know, which is by striking the ball. Fast forward to present day, where pool is being played in bars across the country daily. You may not think about it after throwing back a couple drinks, but do you know how the cue ball magically gets dispensed after you scratch when using a coin operated table? Well, it’s not magic, and it actually can be one of two ways, one using magnetism! Continue reading →
  6. DIY Dictionary Magnets

    DIY Dictionary Magnets
    mag·net ˈmaɡnət/ noun A piece of iron (or an ore, alloy, or other material) that has its component atoms so ordered that the material exhibits properties of magnetism, If you weren’t aware, the above is probably our favorite word in the dictionary. If we needed to select other favorite words, they would probably be: metallic, alloy, outer space, neodymium, physics...you catch the drift. Though we assume you would have a few different choices, we have a great new way for you to combine your favorite words with magnets. Continue reading →
  7. DIY Magnetic Chess Set

    DIY Magnetic Chess Set
    Chess is one of oldest board games still played today. People were playing chess as early as 600 AD. Today, chess is global competition with hundreds of tournaments played every year. For many players though a simple game of chess can’t be completed in one sitting. When your chess match lasts days, weeks, or even months at a time, how do you make sure the pieces aren’t jostled or misplaced while you’re away from the board? You can create a magnetic chess set to keep your game in place so you can pick up right where you left off any time you want. Continue reading →
  8. Painting with Magnets

    Painting with Magnets
    Whether or not you consider yourself an artist, there are plenty of ways to create awesome abstract projects in your home. Painting can seem a little intimidating to those who aren’t familiar with the medium, but if you’re not a huge fan of simply splashing paint onto paper, it might be time to get a little creative! Using magnets to paint may sound a little strange, but it’s an easy way to combine science and art to make a neat decoration for your home. So, get ready to channel your inner Jackson Pollock and create your next masterpiece! Continue reading →
  9. DIY Magnetic Dart Launcher

    DIY Magnetic Dart Launcher
    We can trace the existence of darts to as early as the 1500’s, when King Henry VIII wanted his archers to be able to practice aim year round. Today, the game can be found in bars and pubs across the world. Now, you may have seen magnetic darts in stores, but none quite like this. Rather than using a dart with its point replaced by a magnet and throwing it at a magnetic pad, YouTuber Magnetic Games has used the power of magnetism to load and shoot the traditional sharp darts. Now this DIY is NOT recommended for children, but you may feel like a kid again with how fun it is. Continue reading →
  10. Magnetic Propulsion and the Final Frontier

    Magnetic Propulsion and the Final Frontier
    With help from magnets, we may be able to explore farther and deeper into the final frontier than ever before. This may sound like science fiction, but scientists are already experimenting with electromagnetic propulsion as a possible alternative to chemical launches. So, how does electromagnetic propulsion work? Continue reading →

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