tutorial: easy way to turn rings into magnets

You know how when you’re asked to think of a movie title or a song on the spot and your mind goes blank? The same “mind freezing” phenomenon happens to me when I am asked to come up with DIY projects. This usually happens when local TV shows are the ones doing the asking.

So when I was told that I might possibly be doing another TV guesting featuring some DIY ideas, I politely asked the producer to give me several days to prepare. And below is one of the projects I came up with: turning old cocktail rings into magnets!

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I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “you needed several days to come up with this incredibly simple idea?” Heh. Yeah….

But anyway, here are the easy-peasy steps to follow if you’re in the mood to turn your accessories into office essentials:

You will need cocktail rings (the bigger/flashier the stones, the better), industrial glue, magnets, pliers.

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Remove the metal hoop from your ring using pliers. Just wiggle it until it breaks apart.

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Dab a bit of industrial glue onto one side of a magnet.

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Attach to the back of the ring’s stone. Let dry or cure overnight.

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And voilà! Bling for your notes!

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PS – This sweet and funny card is by Ecka & Pecka.

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DIY or DIE

They’re here! 

Okay, HERE is a little explanation for the excited tone. To say that I am thrilled about these new additions to the shop is an understatement. This time, we are going beyond handmade. We are taking another step to carry the flag of handmade.

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Thimblecap celebrates the makers, builders, and washi tape hoarders. We salute those who make their own jewelry, sew their own clothes, make their own shelves, and bind the books to put on said shelves. We raise our flags to those who reuse, recycle, and refashion.

Here’s to crafters of all kinds — people whose days are besieged with pin pricks, paper cuts, perpetually paint-smudged hands, and unfinished stories.

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DIY OR DIE SHIRT

Dark blue print on heather gray || Comes in baby tee or regular fit style || 100% cotton

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DIY OR DIE SHOULDER BAG

White print on black || Made of bull denim twill || With turquoise polka dot lining || Two interior pockets || Zipped closure

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The shoulder bags will be sewn by me. On top of these shirts and bags, prints will be made available, too. Imagine an art print of this design hanging in your craft room. Nice, right?

We shall be launching these print Thimblecap merchandise this weekend, May 31 to June 1 at the HYPERCEBU fair. Here are more info about the event:  

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all signs are stamped

The post title sounds like something you will read tucked with a map one rainy evening as you aimlessly open books in the library. ALL SIGNS ARE STAMPED, the note says, and you’re suddenly filled with a sense of purpose. An air of foreboding settles around you but you have been given a mission. Armed with the map and the knowledge that all signs are stamped, you set off to a life of adventure. And in so doing, alter the course of the universe.

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Wild yet derivative imaginings aside, the post title is merely a 4-letter summary of my latest DIY project. I made signs for an upcoming bazaar. And they are stamped.

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These are not stamps I carved myself. These are letter blocks the boyfriend got for me several years ago. I think that these were used for making school projects, at a time when home printers were still a thing of the future.

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It comes complete with currency signs, too! Perfect for the signs I made. Signs, by the way, are essential in selling at fairs. You turn passersby to potential customers when they are drawn by the things they can read in your booth.

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