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« on: July 10, 2012 06:42:36 PM »

Am thinking a lot of you have probably seen flashdrives with polymer clay wrapped around them and wondered how they can do that? Yes, you can bake a flashdrive. Will it get ruined? It might, it might not. The components in a flashdrive can handle the heat just fine, the only problem may be if there is even a hint of moisture, that can ruin it. Can you do it without baking it? Yes! I don't bake my flashdrives, I use a plug that I made just for this purpose, the plug takes the place of the flashdrive during curing so that I can epoxy the flashdrive in place after the 'sleeve is completely done.

This is completed flashdrive


This is a 'sleeve' that's all done and ready for the flash drive to be epoxied in place.

Couple more 'sleeves' I've made.

Next time I'm thinking to add an eyeball to one  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2012 07:18:59 PM »

Love these and thanks for the info on baking flash drives. How did you mae the plug you use instead of baking them?
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2012 07:36:57 PM »

Thankyou! I made them out of polymer clay of course  Grin I use vaseline as a release. You can use polymer clay to make just about any sort of plug you want, so long as you use a good release to prevent contact between the surfaces.
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2012 07:54:37 PM »

Awesome! Thank you so much for the info. I love this idea. The finished product looks great too!
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2012 10:00:04 PM »

wow that (and the rest of your stuff) looks amazing!
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2012 06:39:54 AM »

 Shocked Very cool!
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2012 07:00:55 AM »

Awesome! Thank you so much for the info. I love this idea. The finished product looks great too!

Thankyou! And you are so welcome =)

Thankyou Ninja and AmyLynn!
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2012 07:12:17 AM »

Thankyou! I made them out of polymer clay of course  Grin I use vaseline as a release. You can use polymer clay to make just about any sort of plug you want, so long as you use a good release to prevent contact between the surfaces.

Thanks for the info. I think i might try it for some Christmas presents.
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2012 07:32:04 AM »

One side note that I want to share about doing flash-drive mods. You can use plain old fiberglass resin for attaching the drive into the sleeve, the reason I suggest this is that the resin drys clear, and if you leave a point on your sleeve open you can still see the led light on the flash drive. I suppose clear epoxy resin would work just as well for this purpose.

There is an added benefit to doing this as well, the solder points on a flash drive where it connects to the USB are the parts that receive the most stress. Open up the case and use either a clear epoxy or resin (I have a fair bit of fiberglass resin kicking around most of the time) and apply a good layer around those 4 solder joints just behind the USB adapter part, the drive will stand up to a heck of a lot more abuse if you do this.

I've got a drive I'm going to be doing this to soon, if you'd like me to post pictures of what I'm talking about I'll be happy to.
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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2012 08:40:12 AM »

Really fantastic!!!... love them, and great to see sorta-steam-punk used in a different way too.  

If others are interested in making sleeves like this to put something "back into" like USB drives or hair-product bottles, etc, or just to be able to make free-standing open container shapes, some other releases for temporary forms/armatures that will also work for polymer clay are ArmorAll**, plain blank paper, heavy coatings of cornstarch, aluminum foil, and others.  
More info on those things here:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/covering.htm > Removable Sleeves (near bottom of list)
http://glassattic.com/polymer/vessels_rock-alum.foil.htm (various sections for small and large vessels deal with "making your own forms," and also using other temporary armatures found around the house as forms, with releases or not)
http://glassattic.com/polymer/vessels.htm > Removable Forms
http://glassattic.com/polymer/armatures-temp.htm

**almost nothing will stick to silicone (spray in this case) so if used remember that paints, clear finishes, etc, also won't stick anywhere ArmorAll was used
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« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2012 12:04:43 PM »

very cool - thanks for sharing!

pinned and rocked this one <G>
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« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2012 01:16:34 PM »

Thankyou! I made them out of polymer clay of course  Grin I use vaseline as a release. You can use polymer clay to make just about any sort of plug you want, so long as you use a good release to prevent contact between the surfaces.

Thanks for the info. I think i might try it for some Christmas presents.

You're so welcome, good luck with the presents!

Thankyou Diane and GoatGoddess =)
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« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2012 02:19:40 PM »

That is so cool!
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« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2012 07:56:11 AM »

Thankyou so much Indigo!
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« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2012 05:17:26 PM »

This is so fantastic. I've admired these on etsy a million times and never thought of making a case myself *facepalm*

These are such cute little steampunk pieces and I love the idea of adding an eye.
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« Reply #15 on: July 15, 2012 07:41:07 AM »

Brilliant idea, I will never think attach a shell to USB.
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« Reply #16 on: July 15, 2012 03:51:20 PM »

Those are awesome! You should make a tutorial on how to make the plugs and bake them and such! It would be epic!
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« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2012 07:36:28 AM »

Thankyou Awen, Wan, and X!

No tut needed to make the plugs, it's a simple matter of matching the dimensions of the drive, you simply need something to 'hold' the space while making the sleeve and curing.  Like was said in another post, so many things you can use. I happen to use PC and it is literally a rectangular piece of PC, nothing more complicated than that. If your drive is longer, you probably want to consider other materials as a long piece of PC may be hard to remove even with a release.
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« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2012 01:24:07 PM »

This is just so cool. It really makes my fingers itch, to try making some on my own! (However, I fear mine wouldn't look nearly as awesome as yours  Smiley )
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« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2012 04:53:21 AM »

Wow - they look awesome! Thanks for the advice about the plugs ^_^
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« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2012 06:11:24 AM »

Thankyou both!
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« Reply #21 on: August 03, 2012 05:31:10 PM »

Really fun!
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« Reply #22 on: August 04, 2012 05:57:02 PM »

I checked out your website and all I can say is WOW! I'd better start saving up my money.
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« Reply #23 on: August 06, 2012 03:17:33 PM »

Thankyou Thrifty!

lol ladyevaluna, thankyou very much  Grin
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« Reply #24 on: September 14, 2012 10:15:57 PM »

This is EPIC!  Do you have any progress shots to share?  How do you go about making this?
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« Reply #25 on: September 16, 2012 07:36:10 PM »

Thanks Abby! I'm afraid I don't have an progress shots. As far how I do it, don't over complicate it, I simply use something to hold the place the actual drive while I make the sleeve and during curing, then remove it after curing and then glue the drive in place  Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: October 01, 2012 06:22:41 PM »

Really cool. This way you can offer different capacity drives to go with the sleeves.   So you can offer an 8/16/32 gig version.. and retro fit the sleeve once the order has been placed..

Just a thought..  Really nice work anyway  Smiley 
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« Reply #27 on: October 02, 2012 09:22:45 AM »

Yeah, it's something I'm tossing around to do once I have more made....if I ever have more made ;P
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« Reply #28 on: October 02, 2012 11:17:34 AM »

those look great, thanks for the tips about using flash drives.
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