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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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