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« on: May 24, 2004 05:56:23 AM »

hello, first time poster here and i'm looking for craft ideas, please!

i came across an old japanese typewriter that was being thrown out by my employer. the typewriter itself was much too heavy for me to justify keeping, but the keys were pretty cool so i turned the typewriter over and dumped out all the keys... about 2,000+ of them! thank goodness for the age of computers, eh?

the keys are small, rectangular, made of a light, silvery metal and just a tad smaller than a cigarette butt.

if you are curious, look at the link below. then, click on the picture to show a demonstration of how these typewriters were used. the short video gives a close view of the keys.
http://www.honco.net/japanese/05/page1.html

now for my question! what the heck can i do with these keys?! each key has a different chinese character on them and i've sorted out about 300 characters that have nice/interesting meanings, like "mother" or "laugh." i thought about jewellry, but i've no idea how to go about drilling/soldering/etc. as i've never done metal craft before.

any help/ideas would be very appreciated!

xo
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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2004 06:01:38 AM »

Ah, you got a double listing on this.
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2004 07:16:36 AM »

Give them to me, ha ha!
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2004 01:38:00 PM »

if it's like western type, the characters are backwards on the plates so that they print right.  might try using them for their intended use... printing!  they're like mini metal stamps.  I have a set of english letter stamps that I use in Polymer clay all the time... it'd be so cool to use kanji characters the same way!
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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2004 01:42:33 PM »

the first thing that comes to mind is jewelry. If you could somehow make a bracelet or necklace...huh boy would that be cool.
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2004 01:44:23 PM »

Give them to me, ha ha!

I was just thinking that...Tongue
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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2004 05:39:55 PM »

I totally agree about using them with polymer clay!.... would look really cool with metallic powder (like Pearl Ex, etc.) rubbed over the top with a finger so that you had Chinese characters in the color of the clay sheet, and a gold background, e.g.

If you're interested in doing that at all, you can find lots of how to's on these pages:

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/stamping.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/powders_metallicwaxes.htm


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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2004 06:30:26 PM »

Is there anything on the back of the keys that may have held them in place on the typewriter?
I have a bunch of typewriter keys that have a shank attachment on the backside that I've used to make cuff links.
And buttons, of course.

and just for the record, I'd much rather put up with a newbie's multiple postings
than a "senior member's" constant reprimands.
welcome aboard, and be sure to let us know how it turns out!
 
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2004 09:34:38 PM »

Do I have this right-- You have the keyboard keys, the equivalent of the letters I am punching on my plastic keyboard right now. Unless they are etched, they wouldn't be good for stamping, and, were they etched, the characters would come out backwards, which is cool, if that's what you are going for-- just the design element. I think it'd be cool if you took the best looking/most interesting keys and used them in/around a picture: have a picture in a shadow box type frame & glue on the keys as a border;  or take old, semi-interesting pictures & embellish them by adding in random keys.
Whatever you do with them, I hope you post pictures-- I would be most interested in seeing the results, wherever or however many places you post them;)
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2004 09:48:40 PM »

thanks, everyone, for the suggestions! i really am leaning towards some kind of jewellry. the stamps are sooo tiny and thin that it is really hard to read when stamped on anything but paper. :-(  but, i am happy to learn about polymer clay and all the possibilities there are!

no mind "senior member's" reprimands -- it just makes me laugh :-) but thanks for sticking up for me J/A/S/O/N! xo

Do I have this right-- You have the keyboard keys, the equivalent of the letters I am punching on my plastic keyboard right now.

Hi! thanks for responding! My keys are not from a computer keyboard or anything, they are actually printing stamps from an old typewriter!

I think it'd be cool if you took the best looking/most interesting keys and used them in/around a picture: have a picture in a shadow box type frame & glue on the keys as a border;  or take old, semi-interesting pictures & embellish them by adding in random keys.
Whatever you do with them, I hope you post pictures-- I would be most interested in seeing the results, wherever or however many places you post them;)

OOHH!!! i like that idea, too! and it reminds me -- i have some crafts at home that i should post here. wow, im starting to really love this site! (and can't wait to have my students try and make a purse out of candy wrappers!)

i love you all!!! will post pictures!

PS - about making jewellry.... i dont know what kind of equipment i need, i dont know the names of pieces of jewellry-making parts, etc. id really love it if someone could point me in the right direction! also, i live in japan so i dont have access to as many crafting supplies as i could find in the states. still, im sure i can make something cool!
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