Picture frame with magnetic catch
Homemade magnetic picture frames
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Addition from customer M.G. (Switzerland):
The other day, I completed a presentable picture frame project with your super magnets. For two picture frames with magnetic catch, I had a total of four acrylic glass panes cut to a size of 460 x 337 x 5 mm. The two panes for the front are made of clear acrylic glass; the two panes for the back are white acrylic glass. 8 holes with a diameter of 5 mm were drilled into each pane, maintaining a distance of 10 mm from the centre of each hole to the edge.
The holes were drilled precisely so I could simply push the 5 x 5 mm disc magnets into them – without having to use glue. One hole remains without magnets so the picture frame with magnetic catch can be discreetly hung on the wall.
Project from Dario Ernst (Germany):
My newest application is a picture frame with a pane of glass held in place by magnets. This allows for a quick and easy change of the contents. Good quality picture frames that can hold several small pictures are hard to find – and most of them usually fall apart after about the fifth attempt of switching the contents.
By using magnets, I have found a (both visually as well as technically) beautiful solution to the problem. I have documented the project in detail in my blog (in English). Below is a highly shortened version.
Assembly:Quickly put together a wooden frame in your hobby room at home: Cut HDF panels to size, glue them together and treat with wax or oil afterwards.
Next, drill 8 holes of approx. 10 mm in the back of the frame. Then use a conical drill bit to enlarge the holes until the magnets (discs type S-12-04-N) can be squeezed in there from the front.
Lay the pane of glass on top of the wooden frame. Take 8 disc magnets type S-10-03-N, apply epoxy glue to one side of each magnet, then let them snap onto the glass over the magnets in the frame.
Please note: Check the polarity of the magnets before glueing! Let the glue dry at least overnight.
Note from the supermagnete team:
We carry ready-made photo frames with magnetic catch in a variety of sizes:
In addition, you can find a few similar projects on our website: