Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Quick Tip #1

Quick Tip 1One thing that really made me crazy while making key fobs
was attaching the hardware. I used an old piece of batting as
a barrier between the metal so that the fob wouldn't get scratched.
Unfortunately, it also made it difficult to see what I was doing and more than once my fobs came out crooked.

Then I had a brilliant idea. Yeah, I know that sounded conceited but I'm pretty excited about this!

I decided to glue a piece of felt to each side of the pliers. As you can see in the photo, I am able to see (and control) exactly how the hardware is being attached. No more crooked fobs! I used cheap felt from Michaels and E6000 glue.

This can work for a variety of projects, including gun construction (according to the Cop).
I also recommend stealing the pliers, attaching the felt, then asking for forgiveness - in that order ;) 

EDIT: After about 10 fobs the felt started to wear through. I'm adding another layer but I think I'll look into a different material too. Make sure check the pliers frequently so that you don't scratch the hardware! 

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  1. You could make a little boot or glove type of thing out of felt to slip over the plier ends that could be taken off after - then no forgiveness will be needed because no one will ever know you borrowed them!

    1. That's a great idea! I'll have to keep that in mind for the next time. lol

  2. I'm glad you gave the nudge to let me know you posted something, because this is brilliant! I have been trying like heck to figure out a way to do this without actually buying the "special tool" they sell for doing exactly this! YAY!!!!

    1. That's what prompted me to do it. I couldn't see spending money on something like that. You should try Karen's idea above!