- Ceramic block magnets (You can probably get these anywhere; mine were from Lowe's)
- Strip of aluminum that is just barely wider than your magnets and long enough to go all the way around your magnets (Found at Lowe's in the "metal by the piece" section)
- Epoxy that will bond metal and ceramic
- Judikins Diamond Glaze (Found at most craft stores)
- Scrapbook paper to match your kitchen
- A vise or something to hold the metal while you bend it
- Clamps to hold everything while the epoxy cures
- A hacksaw or something to cut the metal
This photo shows what kind of a lip you will want the aluminum to have on the magnets. The lip will keep your knives from sticking all the way to the magnets, which will make them much easier to get off. Okay, first line the magnets up end to end.
Start wrapping the aluminum around the magnets by holding the metal by the magnets and marking the bends. I found that a Sharpie pen wrote well on the aluminum. Do each bend one at a time, marking where it should go, then bending it in the vise until it goes all the way around. Next, cut the rest of the metal off with a hacksaw.
It may take some adjusting, mostly twisting, to get the metal to sit just how you want. Once things look good, grab your epoxy and get gluing. Clamp everything together to get a good bond. We had to do this part twice to get everything completely bonded. You can use steel wool to polish up your metal after the epoxy is set, just know that you will have to have a pneumatic blower to get all the metal shavings off the magnets. Otherwise, you can probably peel most of the exposed epoxy off with your fingernails.
Next, get the paper and cut it to fit on top of the magnets but inside the metal lip. This part may take some patience, but the closer the fit, the better. Once the paper is ready, spread the diamond glaze over the entire backside of the paper and press it down onto the magnets. If you don't get the glaze everywhere, your paper will bubble on the next step, so do your best. Let the diamond glaze dry, usually half an hour to an hour.
You can be done at this point if you like, but I took it one step further, and I think it made all the difference. Fill in the top of the paper with diamond glaze. If you have any gaps between the paper and the metal, like where the two ends of the metal meet, put some clear tape on the back to keep the glaze from running all over your counter.
As the glaze dries, it will turn clear and keep your paper protected. If you do happen to get any bubbles at this point, you can scrape it all off and try again as long as the glaze isn't dried yet. Otherwise, you are done! Your magnetic knife, utensil, or whatever-else rack is complete!
Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions.