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« on: March 24, 2011 10:49:48 AM »

Hi all  Grin  I have a question.  Im not sure if anyone has seen the key toppers that are out there.  They are covers for you keys so you know which key is which *like a house for a house key...etc*.  I saw some in a hot spot tourist gift shop and should have bought one as a guide.  I think it was either made of plastic *which would snap over a key* or polymer clay.  My question is if I was to make one out of clay, how would I make it to fit over the key?  Huh It needs to slide down over it, so when baking how do I keep the cover from collapsing on itself?  I dont want to bake it onto the key, that would be permanent.  Im pretty sure that I could poke a hole in the top so when it goes over the key the key chain can be put through both the cover and the key.  Im just confused on how to keep the cover from collapsing.  Undecided Thanks!!


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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2011 11:03:53 AM »

There could be a few different things to consider when making something like this... how to hold the interior open while curing, how to create a slip-on that wouldn't have the equivalent of undercuts, and other considerations about the look you want.

The first problem is fairly easy to fix.  Just create a spacer from any kind of material or any form that would be about the same size and thickness of the opening you'd like in the interior of the key ring, or you could just put a "release" directly onto a key then bake the clay onto the key and remove after baking.

A spacer could be anything from a wad of tissue or aluminum foil or polyester stuffing stuffed into the opening while baking, to a perhaps a Woodle shape or two (bare wood), to cornstarch used to fill it up, to a cracker or apple slice stuck in it, to a clay shape you make yourself and bake.  
Some of those things might release easily with a little pulling or prying, or they could be covered first with various sheets or materials like paper, foil, ArmorAll, lots of cornstarch, etc.  In fact, you could just coat the key itself with ArmorAll, press on the "topper" and bake together...nothing much can stick where ArmorAll is involved since it's silicone. (And in fact polymer clay won't stick all that well to shiny metal, so the baked clay could probably be loosened and pried off using a nail file, butter knife, or thin palette knife, etc.

Now as for the other problem of shape, size, and "undercuts," that could be a problem because cured polymer clay is fairly rigid.  If it's thin, it will flex some but won't actually stretch very much.  
So if you want the clay key cover to come down past the widest part of the key head *and then decrease in width so it fits tightly to that under area on both sides*, you might have to use a flexible polymer clay like SuperFlex or perhaps even Eraser Clay (or mix some of those into your regular polymer clay).  You might be able to get away with regular polymer clay for a *bit* of undercut since the clay will be thin (but don't use Sculpey III, SuperSculpey, or original Sculpey, and perhaps some others since they will be brittle in thin areas, not flexible).
If you just want the top part of the key cover to fit well onto the key head, and have the rest just hang down, that should work since there wouldn't be undercuts to fit to.

You could also make a very flexible key cover from 2-part silicone putty, and perhaps embed a polymer clay cane slice or something into one side as the putty is setting up, or something else like that?

Could you show a pic of what kind of fit you have in mind?











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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2011 12:10:45 PM »

Oooooo...Thanks Diane!! I had no idea it wouldnt stick to Armor All and we have plent of that!!  Smiley

This is what I was thinking about.  If this link doesnt work, just google Amazon Key Covers and it should come up.  I think these are made of plastic though and I wouldnt have the first clue of using something like that.  I really could shoot myself for not buying one.  They were so cute!!!

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001TLRTQM/insurancein06-20
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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2011 08:01:46 PM »

Okay, I see what you mean now.  Those do NOT have parts of the covers that decrease in size in order to fit down around the bottom half of the key's head and grasp it.  They're just square or flaring in that area.  Guess the covers are held on either because the vinyl, or whatever, cover is kind of sticky or it's just tight and there's enough area on the top part of the key's head to keep it from getting pushed off if stressed from the bottom part of the key's head.

The monkey head covers do decrease after the widest part of their heads, but the two sides may not actually be joined on the sides just in that area:
http://www.amazon.com/Fred-MKEY-Six-Monkey-Keycaps/dp/B000V1Z2P6/ref=pd_cp_hi_1_img

P.S.  ArmorAll is great stuff, but you won't need a lot and its slippery.  Do remember though that because almost nothing can stick to silicone, if you should use the AA in a situation where you later wanted to paint or add a clear finish or even stick on more clay or a powder, etc., those won't want to stick either!
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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2011 10:49:51 AM »

Well phooey....I did more research and seems that the ones I thought were clay are actually made from rubber.  Well scratch that..........

Thanks for all your advice Diane.  I will definitely keep in mind the AA idea though. Smiley

Time for a new idea.  *sigh*
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2011 06:16:05 PM »

Well, just because those were made from rubber doesn't mean you couldn't make the same basic thing from polymer clay.  You'd just have to do the "fit" and brand, etc, things I mentioned below.  Polymer clay has been used for key fobs as well as "sleeves" over things, etc., for quite awhile.

You could also just make front and back pieces shaped like the key, then glue them to the key (though that might end up permanent if you use a strong enough glue).
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