31. Keyboard Cufflinks

I’ve tried to make things out of recycled computer bits in the past, some successful, some less so. This time I’m making Ctrl/Alt cufflinks from computer keys.

First of all prise the keys off an old keyboard.

I’m not sure if all keys are made in the same way but the ones I’ve used have a little peg that sits proud from the back of the key.  I found husband’s hacksaw and took the peg down to the same level as the edge of the key.

I used the same cufflink findings that I used in the post on personalised cufflinks and just glued the keys to the cufflink bases. (I think it might be best to use a glue gun for this but mine is on vacation at daughter’s house – I used regular all purpose Bostick).

P.S. 2 days later – thought the glue would be set enough by now.. definitely needs the glue gun.  Daughter, if you are reading and finished with it, can you bring it back please?

2. Personalised Cufflinks

Right – on to ‘make’ 2.  This time I’m going to have a go at making some personalised cufflinks.  Here is what you need:

These are going to be for son’s girlfriend’s brother who is besotted with his new dog.

The cufflink blanks and cabochons are 12mm diameter.  The challenge so far has been getting a clear photograph, sized correctly so that Biggie’s head fits into 12mm. The cabochons magnify the photograph as well so be sure to take that into account. (Remember to print off 2 photographs).  I have printed the photographs onto card rather than photographic paper as I think the glue might be kinder to card.

Place the cabochon over the top of the photograph and draw around it with a sharp pencil.  Cut out carefully with sharp scissors or a craft knife.

Attach photographs to cabochons with a thin layer of PVA glue.

Once these are dry attach the photos to the cufflink blanks with all purpose strong adhesive.

Taaaa  Raaaa…a much easier make than the first.

If you would like to make some of these yourself please see my folksy shop for the components.  Some ideas for personalisation could be a piece of map showing a meaningful place; pause and play symbols, sports related pictures, children’s drawings.  The list is endless.

An alternative make  to the cufflinks is a bracelet like the one below.  You could have matching jewellery!