Can you make magnets from thick playing cards?
Short answer: yes, playing cards are #buttonable (but some tricks are needed).
I use a normal playing cards glossy deck for this. These sometimes become incomplete or you simply have too many and it would certainly be better to undergo an #upcycle.
As you can see, we only take the kings and aces; because that's just the way we are here in our ivory button tower!
First choose which size buttons would fit best with a handy transparency. The transparent zone is the front of the buttons. The colored one goes to the side of the buttons and a bit to the inside. The circle is really the edge on which the cutting takes place.
The first magnet made without glossy Mylar plastic film. After all, the cards are already thick enough and are already shiny. Result: the paper tears on the edges of the buttons. This often happens with paper that is too thick or fragile against the sharp button edges. This would be remedied with foil over the cardboard, but then the whole thing would certainly be too thick (and the work difficult).
The solution is already visible in the photo above. We need thinner material so we carefully remove the laminate layer from the backs.
One layer less and therefore thinner, we'll try again!
But... cracks again. The paper is too fragile to use like this.
With this thickness we can use Mylar foil to prevent tearing and protect the end result:
Great success! Playing cards are #buttonable. Now think of all those cool but incomplete vintage cards that you can give a second life. Nice!
PS: These are magnets but it also goes perfectly with other types such as pin buttons if you like sharp objects. I'm more of a magnet guy!