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How to Make a Magnet

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To make a magnet, start by removing 1-2 inches of insulation from both ends of a copper wire. Next, wrap the wire tightly around a nail, starting about 8 inches from the end of the wire and working your way down until the nail is covered from head to tip. Wrap 1 end of the exposed wire around the positive side of a D-cell battery, then wrap the other end around the negative side. Hold the nail next to a small piece of metal to test the magnetism! To learn how to make a compass magnet, read on!

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