My iPad keyboard broke. Luckily, the manufacturer sent me another one since it was still under warranty. However, they didn’t want the broken one back. So what to do? Well, pull it apart, of course, to see if there were any enticing bits to make something with. I decided to recycle the keyboard into a ring.
That is rings with keys on them.
How do you do that?
STEP 1: Remove the keys
First, I removed the keys from the keyboard.
My keyboard was from an iPad, so you can see it is thin. If you do this project with keys from a regular keyboard, your ring will have a higher profile because the keys are deeper and thicker.
Using a screwdriver, I popped the keys off. This doesn’t require much effort, just a light touch.
Then, I chose a mix of letters, symbols, and numbers.
STEP 2: Fill the keys with resin
Next, turn the keys upside down and fill them with resin.
I used Resin Obsession Super Clear Resin to fill the keys.
Note: You could make this a side project when doing other resin projects. If you have any leftover resin, you could keep some keys nearby and fill them up. That would be a favorable way to ensure less waste.
Once I filled these to the top with resin, without over-pouring (better to under-pour in this instance than over-pour and have a mess to clean up), I covered them up and waited 12 hours for them to cure.
I was happy with the results; no over-pours. You can see here in the picture what they look like when filled.
Also note that the resin smoothed out the little divots on the keys, which could have pinched my skin if I hadn’t done the step first.
STEP 3: Mix more resin
Next, I mixed some more resin. Then used a paintbrush to add a little epoxy to the back of each keyboard key to act as glue to adhere to the ring findings.
I was careful to make sure my ring was straight (or it would sit crocked on my finger) and that I had the orientation right (or I might end up with a sideways letter or number). I checked back on the rings a couple of times in the first hour of curing. I wanted to be sure that the ring didn’t slide off or move. I was glad I did because some had shifted a little.
STEP 4: Wear your keyboard ring!
By using resin as a glue, I don’t have to worry about the keyboard letter popping off the ring. The bond is very secure.
There is so much potential! For example, I can simply wear my initial letter ‘P,’ or I could wear multiple rings and spell out stuff, as I did with these rings.
For days when I feel particularly warm and fuzzy, I could wear these ‘hugs and kisses’ rings.
What keyboard keys would you use to make a ring?
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Originally written by Penny Reid
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