Friday, June 3, 2011

ABC Gum Magnets

The other day I was shopping, and I saw a wad of chewing gum stuck to the side of the wall.
First of all, gross. Swallow it.
As I was staring at the chewed up germy gum with disgust, I had a eureka moment!
May I introduce................. chewing gum magnets!
They were super easy to make, too. And I had everything I needed already (love that!).
Here's what you'll need:

  • polymer clay (I used a mixture of dark pink and a cream color to get the color above)
  • strong magnet
  • clay glaze (I used gloss, so it looks all spit-filled and gross)
  • paint brush for glaze
  • card stock or index card to bake the clay on and a GLASS pan to bake it in (not pictured)
After working with the clay to soften it up, form it into a ball approximately ¾" in width. Now, for this part, you SHOULD probably make a mold from a real chewed piece of gum.

OR............... you could just do what I did (thankfully, Mom doesn't read my blog) and actually chew up the clay. I didn't put the whole thing in my mouth-- just pressed my teeth into it here and there.

Next, I added a strong magnet to the back. Since I wanted it to actually look like gum was holding up my pictures, I didn't want to just glue the magnet on.

I placed another piece of clay over the magnet and smooshed (it's a technical term) the seams together.
Placed the "gum" on card stock, and then onto a glass baking pan (DO NOT USE METAL--- the magnet will stick and pull out of the clay!).

Bake for 15 minutes at 265 degrees, and glaze when cooled. Put on fridge and gross husband out!

I'm linking up here:

The Shabby Nest

Fancy This

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Jordan McCollum said...

Oh, man, you had me going! I really thought it was gum (and I was grossed out)(and then I laughed). Great job!

Thanks for sharing, and thanks for following Wayward Girls' Crafts!

Anonymous said...

That is so funny! I love the idea... I would have totally done the same about getting real authentic teeth marks in the clay! Love the new look!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

Bahahaha!!! Now THAT is creative! :) And funny! Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays!!!

Keri said...

These are hilarious - I love them! I have two boys who would think these were awesome, too :) Found you through my stats and I'm glad I did :)