Uncommon uses of Magnets

While magnets are useful for everyday applications, such as organizing a cluttered bathroom or kitchen, they can also be utilized in some more unconventional ways!  We’ve rounded up some of our favorite not-so-common uses for magnets that’ll show you that magnets are for more than hanging photos on your fridge.

Relieving Stress with Fidget Magnets

Fidgeting is a common way that stress presents itself physically. Manifestations include tapping one’s foot or pencil, excessive blinking, folding and unfolding arms, or shifting weight from one foot to the other when standing. “Rattlesnake eggs” are a magnet fidget reducing product: just hold these two magnetsmade out of hematitein your hand and roll them around to satisfy the desire to fidget.

Read more about these buzzing hematite magnets here or order your own set!

Creating Magnetic Music Photography

You may not think that magnetism and photography mix, but photographer Andrew Hall found a way to combine them to create his masterpieces. Hall captures the behavior of liquids and gases, and while he uses water as the liquid component for his creations most of the time, he occasionally turns to ferrofluid. When mixing ferrofluid and paint or ink, Hall is able to create colorful explosions manipulated by a magnet. If you were to recreate this, you’d be best off using a 3/4" x 1/2" x 1/4" block or a 5/8" x 1/8" disc.

Read more about his process in this blog.

Removing “Off-Flavors” in Wine

If you’ve ever had a glass of wine that tasted a bit “off,” it’s most likely due to a chemical compound called methoxypyrazine. To combat this bad taste and aroma, researchers created a polymer to absorb this compound using none other than the beloved magnet. Essentially, magnetic nanoparticles are attached to the polymers, which are then manipulated by a bar magnet to remove the unwanted compounds. Say goodbye to ruined bottles of wine.

Read more about the incredible process in this blog.

 

Holding Book Pages Open

Occasionally, we’ll receive an email from an Apex customer who found an interesting way to incorporate their purchases into their everyday life. One customer found a way to use his disc magnets, which he typically orders to use as golf markers on putting greens, to hold book pages in place. He found that the weight of the magnet was not as important as the pull force between two magnets, which prevent the pages of a book from sliding and falling open.

Find Attractive Solutions with Apex Magnets

As you can see, magnets can be used for a variety of reasons, from common projects around the house to not-so-common artistic endeavors. At Apex Magnets, we have magnets and magnetic products for every need: “rattlesnake eggs” for stress relief, ferrofluid for photography, and even an assortment of small and large disc magnets to make daily tasks easier. If you find an uncommon use for your Apex Magnets, let us know!