A simple and easy way to make a home-made compass using a paper clip and magnet.
After I made my Homemade Compass I was thinking how dangerous is to use needles to make a compass. So I decided to use something less dangerous and easy to get. (Kids: Don't play with needles).
A paperclip is the best solution. The clip can be magnetized and used to point the magnetic north.
Basically; you only need a magnet (Any magnet works) and a paperclip.
Here are the instructions:
First, you need to magnetize the clip. Just pull one side of the clip and rub it on the magnet (about forty times). You need to make a circular motion to properly magnetize the clip.
Now, you can bend the clip in two ways to make your compass. (see the left image).
Hang the paperclip in plastic or wood. You can hang it on non-magnetic materials and the paper clip will align to the magnetic north.
That's all. Your Paperclip Compass is ready!
Update: Looks like I'm not the only one that had the idea to make a compass using a paper clip. I thought I had a great idea. Anyway, it's a cool project.
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