Repurpose old, unused or even broken brooches by transforming them into magnets. Make special, meaningful ones with brooches inherited from family members, or just pick up some new ones online or at any store that sells costume jewelry. Try scouring your nearby thrift and consignment shops for vintage brooches. You may even locate some with broken pin mechanisms and get them for a bargain; they’ll still function perfectly well as magnets. In Harrisburg, stop by the Goodwill (Goodwill Drive), Stroehmann Thrift Store (Derry Street) or the Thrifty Shoppe (North 6th Street).
Remove the backing from an individual brooch using a pair of wire cutters. Cut the pin close to the back of the brooch to leave as little as possible on its surface. This may require several cuts.
Use a magnet smaller than your brooch, and coat one side with industrial strength glue. Press the magnet onto the back of the brooch. If you have a contoured magnet without a flat back, try using smaller magnets and positioning them around the edges. Be sure to let the glue dry completely before using your new magnets. You can also substitute flat-topped thumbtacks for magnets to create equally functional hanging devices with your brooches.