It’s been a bit quiet around here because I’ve been occupied laying floorboards in the new house (in the parts that did not have floor tiles). That’s all done now and I haven’t chopped of any fingers or other appendices, so I’m back in business miniatures wise.
During this episode, I received a package from Amazing Magnets, which I ordered some time before. Amazing Magnets sells magnets, amazingly, but not just any old magnet. They sell neodymium magnets targeted at the craft market. Neodymium magnets can hold a very strong magnetic field in relation to their mass, so a small magnet can hold a strong magnetic field.
I ordered their smallest size square magnets, with the idea of using them on the bottom of slottabases instead of glueing magnetic tape to the bottom, which has its problems. The order arrived impeccably packed and included a little bag of samples in different sizes — great service.
As seen from the pictures above, I glued two of the little magnets to the bottom of a slottabase. This gives me a magnetic field that is strong enough to suspend the figure upside down from a metal box without any problems, yet still easy enough to break the magnetic force to move the figure when necessary. One magnet did not result in a strong enough magnetic field.
This is a great product — instead of spending a considerable amount of time glueing magnetic tape to the bottom of the bases, there is now just the one step: glue two tiny magnets to base (I use ordinary superglue) and you’re done!
I shall certainly be ordering more of these magnets (possibly in a larger size to just have to glue one magnet to the base), as they are quite affordable (100 of these tiny magnets set me back $9.00, while postage and packing from the States to Belgium was less than that) and work beautifully.