It is fascinating to experiment with magnets (in the picture: THE GIANT
) and iron filings
But who ever tried to remove iron filings (or small splinters of other magnets) from magnets will know that this can be very cumbersome.
I found a simply solution:
Let candle wax drip onto a piece of paper.
Knead the wax while still warm.
When you press the wax onto the magnet, the filings stick to the wax.
Repeat steps 1 through 3 until all filings are removed.
Finally, you can use a tissue or rag to free the magnet from the wax.
Caution: The hot wax must not be dripped directly onto the magnet since the heat would cause it to lose its magnetic power!
Addition from the supermagnete team: You can also use adhesive tape to remove iron filings from a magnet.
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