Flower vases for minimalists

A test-tube converted into a vase
Author: Tero Kirjokivi, Helsinki, Finland
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Flower vase for minimalists

As a little present for our business clients I made some very simple magnetic flower vases. For this purpose I organised a whole bunch of small glass test-tubes (10 cm long, diameter 15 mm).
Then I glued two small gilded block magnets on the top and bottom of every tube. I used a special glass glue. Also, this glue needs to dry for several hours until the magnets stay in place for sure.
As a little help, I put more magnets of the same type on the inside of the tube. These magnets on the inside serve only the purpose of pressing the outer magnets against the glass and will be removed after the drying.
I presented each of my business clients with one completed "vase" and a nice flower. At home the clients can fill up the vase with water and stick it onto a magnetic surface like the refrigerator for instance.
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Note from the supermagnete team: We built this magnetic vase ourselves. Instead of block magnets, we used two gold-coated cube magnets 5 mm; one on the inside and the other on the outside of the vase. This way, the glass doesn't hit the metal surface, only the magnet does.
If you don't have to remove the vases, you could even skip gluing the magnets on. If you want to give them away as gifts, like Mr. Kirjokivi, the magnets should be glued on though.

Flower picture as an eye catcher

Addition from customer Christiane E. Bracher, Ostermundigen (Switzerland):
You want to make this beautiful flower picture on your own?
You need:
  • a picture frame of desired size
  • a white fly screen gauze
  • a thin velcro strip
  • pins
  • small test tubes
  • pretty flowers and grasses
  • 2 disc magnets S-08-03-N per test tube
Please note: You can also use twigs and dried flowers and grasses instead of fresh ones. You should not choose flowers with very heavy blossoms.
Instructions:
1. Cut the fly screen gauze to the size of the picture frame.
2. Attach the gauze firmly to the backside of the picture frame with velcro and pins. Cut off overlaying gauze.
3. Place a disc magnet in every test tube.
4. Attach the test tube to the gauze with a second disc magnet (on the backside of the gauze) (see picture).
5. Place several test tubes next to each other on the bottom of the picture frame.
6. With a spray bottle fill up the test tubes with water.
7. Arrange the flowers and grasses in the test tubes as desired.
8. Mount the picture frame carefully at a visible spot and maybe even illuminate it.

Blooming Fantasy

Addition from customer Christiane E. Bracher, Ostermundigen (Switzerland):
The room installation of upside-down roses was created using glass test tubes, disc and ring magnets hung with acrylic filament.
It's beautiful, isn't it?
On this photo of an installtion using hanging tulips one can see more clearly how the mechanism functions: inside the test tubes you will find magnetic spheres. Ring magnets hung with acrylic filament are used as counterparts on the outside of the test tubes. The flowers are placed in the test tubes, the tube is filled with water then sealed. Afterwards the tube with the flower can be carefully mounted on the magnet ring and hung.

Square wooden magnet vases

Addition from customer Kerstin Frajese, Düsseldorf (Germany):
In my web shop at Etsy I sell many other vases besides these wooden magnetic vases.
Each vase is one-of-a-kind due to its individual wood structure and blends well into any surrounding with its approximate measurements of 35mm x 35mm x 35mm.
These unique wooden cube vases are hand-made and offer room for 1 - 3 flowers or grasses. The idea came from the fact that my daughter always comes home with many little flowers that needed a nice and visible display: the fridge.
For each vase I use 2 disc magnets 8 x 5 mm with an adhesive force of 2 kg each. They are embedded in the wood and ensure that the vases including content stay securely on the fridge.

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