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linkjun



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 8:28 pm    Post subject: Magnet and Cork backing Reply with quote

I'm curious as to how you guys turn your sprites into coasters/magnets (those of you that ever have). I have a couple questions:

1) Are there special techniques to be learned? Or is it a simple matter of contact cement and a precut backing?

2) From where would you procure said magnet or cork backing?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 6:30 pm    Post subject: Magnet Sheet Suppliers Reply with quote

I'm not sure about cork backing for coasters but I imagine those would come precut into circles or rounded corner squares. Magnets, howwever, come in sheets.

Custom Magnets Sells rolls and sheets, presized or custom sized.
Magaterra Sells the sheets, which is what I ordered for myself.

I paid around $65, including shipping, for 50 sheets of the 8 1/2" x 11" from Magnaterra. It seems steep but if you think about the practical use of the perler sprite once it's made into a magnet, it's worth it. If you sell them at a craft show or something, you can hike up the price by anywhere from $1 to 5$ depending on the size of the sprite. The best part is, the sheets I got from Magnaterra are self adhesive. This works very well for smaller sprites but for large sprites (requiring 4 or more pegboards) you might need extra adhesive, like craft glue (or elmers). The problem is, the magnet is strong enough to hold the sprite to a surface, but almost too strong so that when you pull the sprite from the surface, the adhesive will give a little, peeling the edge away. The glue works well with bonding perler beads to anything else that receives the white glue well, since the back of the perler sprite has holes for the glue to get in. This is also how I bonded my Mega Man X to the foamcore. Also, each sheet can be used for multiple sprites if you plan them out effectively. I used just two sheets for 32 small sprites (items from A Link to the Past).

How I cut the shape out is this:
I trace the back of the sprite with trace paper, just inside the outer boarder of beads (1 pixel in, if you will). Then you tape the trace paper, to the back of the magnet sheet. Make sure you place the tape on the side you drew on, so that this side will face against the back of the magnet sheet (the non-magnet side). This way, after you cut it out (with an x-acto i find works best) and peel away the backing on the magnet, it will adhere to the back of the sprite, not the front, which I'm assuming is ironed nicer.

Also, make sure when you iron your sprites, you place a book or something rather heavy on top to ensure it cools flat, otherwise the magnet will bend with the sprite and given the curved surface, will not cling as well to your fridge (or other surface).

I hope this helps! Sorry I couldn't help with the cork backing. I would just do a google search for 'cork backing supplier' as that's how I found the magnet sheets suppliers.

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linkjun



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Doc, that post was immensely helpful! As a helper to anyone else who reads this, a friend of mine found cork backing at Hobby Lobby (we're in the US). I forget what the price was, but it was a fairly good deal.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was something like $15, if I remember correctly (the friend in question was over at my place the other night, and brought it with him so we could experiment with coaster-making).
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you remember the square footage on that? I'm probably going to get some as well, or I can just buy off him haha
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:20 am    Post subject: Magnet and cork backing... Reply with quote

Most office supply stores sell rolls of cork in 36"x48" sheets, for thumbtack boards and stuff... with an xacto blade though it cuts easily enough though, then adhere with contact/rubber cement... and if the 65 dollar magnet paper ream Doctor Octoroc mentioned is rolling any eyes, you an always get the business card magnet makers packs also convieniently at an office supply store... much cheaper, but it's going to be less size-wise... since it's a 2x3.5 business card instead of a 8.5x11 sheet of paper...

I have my Dr Mario Viruses, the secret of man dudes, various metroid series sprites, and prince meyer on my fridge right now and they are held on with one or two business card sheets roughly, depending of size... super easy and super awesome... ^^

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I almost went with the business cards from that site but the smaller the size, the more space you'll be wasting around edges. I paid a little over a dollar for each sheet and got a lot of sprites out of each sheet so I really only paid around 4 or 5 cents on avewrage for each magnet on the back of my LOZ:LTTP Bead Sprites. It all depends on how you layout the cuts. A lot of times, you'll be able to place two patterns next to eachother and have the 'pixels' fit together in more than one area, like a jigsaw puzzle, and this will save not only magnet sheets, but also time (two cuts in one stroke)! I probably wasted no more than 5% of each sheet when I was all done.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2008 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

EDIT:

Found this - someone is bound to find it useful

Cork

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 2:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a hard time with sheet magnets.

From the craft store I used to shop at when it was still around (Still getting over the shock of it closing down...) I bought a thin sheet magnet. One side was like a sticker & when you were ready you'd just attach it to the back of whatever.

My problem was it was never designed to hold up a heavy plastic creation. Only paper.

I tried using the sheet magnets on my Pikachu sprite. The plastic & magnet detached from each other. On the fridge, the plastic was just too heavy.

I kinda like using round heavy magnets instead, with a little glue or something...

Rolls of magnets work OK, but even those tend to peel. Since they were originally rolled up... they want to revert to a curved form. Not good for big long sprites.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i bought corkboard at michaels for like $6 for 6 sheets or so and i cut them by hand. depending on the size, i could get 3-4 coasters per sheet. use regular elmers glue to glue the corkboard on the back of the bead coaster.

as for magnets, i do fridge magnets and magnets mixed with painted background and i just buy little circular ones and glue them on the back with super glue. got a 50 pack for like $4.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Retail supermarkets use 18"" magnet strips for attaching signage to shelves/displays.
Just flirt with someone that works on the department and you might be able to score some! Thats what I did ;)
I've got tons. They're perfect for fridge magnets. Just cut them up with scissors and glue them on....
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