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This is an interest check for Custom Artisan Keycaps

I would like to gauge interest in custom artisan keycaps. The design of the keycap and the color would be selected by you, and I would make them as orders come in.

I'm pretty sure that I can do custom colors, but I am unsure about whether or not to have 100% custom designs or just have pre-selected options for the cap, and let you pick and choose which design and colors are used.

Let me know what you think and what you'll like to see, and what kinds of caps you want (MX, Topre, Alps, Buckling Springs)

TL;DR:
Pre set designs or 100% custom?
What colors?
What stem kind?
« Last Edit: Sun, 11 January 2015, 02:43:05 by MGH »

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Re: [IC] Made to Order Custom Artisan Keycaps-Let me know what you think!
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 11 January 2015, 07:18:49 »
Cool idea!!

I think it'd be a better idea just to do pre-set designs and let people choose the colorway they want since this will cut down time since you won't have to make and fiddle with a new mold every time.
Also I imagine if you did 100% custom that this would take a lot of time, therefore costing a lot as well but i guess that can be left up to the buyer.
That said my GF is an artist and this would be great as she could sculpt something for me and and i could send to you to have mold/casted.
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Re: [IC] Made to Order Custom Artisan Keycaps-Let me know what you think!
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 11 January 2015, 07:58:32 »
I just want a spacebar that I don't have to flip.  :))
Although if you do decide on making custom stuff for people, could we see some samples of sculpts that you could do? It would give us a better idea of what we're looking at.
Also, would choice of material be an option for premade molds?
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« Reply #3 on: Sun, 11 January 2015, 08:30:39 »
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Re: [IC] Made to Order Custom Artisan Keycaps-Let me know what you think!
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 11 January 2015, 08:41:08 »
I'm game, pending price and design/quality.

I say you should do a set of design(s). One-off, custom designs will be very time consuming and expensive

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« Reply #5 on: Sun, 11 January 2015, 14:39:18 »
Thanks for the feedback, I think I'll make around 5 designs based upon what everyone wants to see, and offer custom colors for the set designs.

So now comes the question, what kind of designs do you want?

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Re: [IC] Made to Order Custom Artisan Keycaps-Let me know what you think!
« Reply #6 on: Sun, 11 January 2015, 15:13:54 »
I think it would be awesome to try a custom service. I would love to think that I could design the perfect item for any set or keyboard.

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Re: [IC] Made to Order Custom Artisan Keycaps-Let me know what you think!
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 11 January 2015, 15:44:49 »
Thanks for the feedback, I think I'll make around 5 designs based upon what everyone wants to see, and offer custom colors for the set designs.

So now comes the question, what kind of designs do you want?

I think that spacebars would be sweet. A simple no-frills spacebar would be very simple and it's something that very few artisans, and no truly active one has touched upon.
On that note, I would like a spacebar with a 0 degree angle so that I don't have to flip the things. Flipped spacebars, even though I love using them, look ugly as sin.

I wish you the best of luck! It's always great to have more artisans around.  :thumb:
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Re: [IC] Made to Order Custom Artisan Keycaps-Let me know what you think!
« Reply #8 on: Sun, 11 January 2015, 18:13:15 »
That is a great idea. But i do echo the sentiments of the others. To make it fully customised, one-off would be time consuming and very expensive to you and eventually to the customer. A few preset designs so people could see your work would be a great launchpad into fully customised designs though.
I do like frostytoast's idea of customised spacebars...
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« Reply #9 on: Sun, 11 January 2015, 18:33:06 »
I think its time someone makes modular key caps. Think interchangeable parts.

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« Reply #10 on: Sun, 11 January 2015, 18:38:35 »
I think its time someone makes modular key caps. Think interchangeable parts.



I'd like to see more color variations for spacebars/enter keys, personally.  MX or Topre  :))


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Re: [IC] Made to Order Custom Artisan Keycaps-Let me know what you think!
« Reply #11 on: Sun, 11 January 2015, 18:40:32 »
I think its time someone makes modular key caps. Think interchangeable parts.

Interchangeable stems would be stellar.
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Re: [IC] Made to Order Custom Artisan Keycaps-Let me know what you think!
« Reply #12 on: Sun, 11 January 2015, 18:45:29 »


make it happen
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« Reply #13 on: Mon, 12 January 2015, 18:25:12 »
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make it happen

Will do ;)

I think its time someone makes modular key caps. Think interchangeable parts.

Interchangeable stems would be stellar.

Hmm, I'll experiment with that.



I'm currently working on a few designs, keep on giving me suggestions on what to sculpt :thumb:

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Re: [IC] Made to Order Custom Artisan Keycaps-Let me know what you think!
« Reply #14 on: Mon, 12 January 2015, 19:27:56 »
A Topre fn set would probably be popular

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« Reply #15 on: Tue, 13 January 2015, 02:13:26 »
a high five cap! so i can high five my keyboard after a successful event
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Re: [IC] Made to Order Custom Artisan Keycaps-Let me know what you think!
« Reply #16 on: Tue, 13 January 2015, 08:07:56 »
A Topre fn set would probably be popular
+1 Textured or colored fn set would be awesome.
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« Reply #17 on: Tue, 13 January 2015, 08:09:56 »
a high five cap! so i can high five my keyboard after a successful event

yeah binge did that a while back

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« Reply #18 on: Tue, 13 January 2015, 08:14:22 »
He did? Damn, then i'm all out of ideas again
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Re: [IC] Made to Order Custom Artisan Keycaps-Let me know what you think!
« Reply #21 on: Tue, 13 January 2015, 14:18:13 »
A Topre fn set would probably be popular
+1 Textured or colored fn set would be awesome.
Texture as in stock texture or an added on pattern?

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« Reply #22 on: Tue, 13 January 2015, 20:28:30 »
A Topre fn set would probably be popular
+1 Textured or colored fn set would be awesome.
Texture as in stock texture or an added on pattern?
kinda bubbly?
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« Reply #23 on: Fri, 16 January 2015, 13:09:20 »
Let me know if you like this fn design. Low spiral waves expanding across the cap.

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« Reply #24 on: Fri, 16 January 2015, 13:48:04 »
A spiral design will be cool and unique.
Honestly, I don't want to impede your creativity so I don't know if I should suggest anything as it's all opinionated.
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« Reply #25 on: Fri, 16 January 2015, 17:18:21 »
A spiral design will be cool and unique.
Honestly, I don't want to impede your creativity so I don't know if I should suggest anything as it's all opinionated.
I like taking suggestions so I can make a cap that everyone will enjoy ;D

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« Reply #26 on: Thu, 22 January 2015, 16:52:01 »
Quick update:

over this weekend I will be sculpting some keys, namely:

μ "mu" FN (MX and Topre)
: D (MX)

and two custom order ones
hwood's ****butt (MX)
drhubblephd's Saturn (MX)

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Re: [IC] Made to Order Custom Artisan Keycaps-Let me know what you think!
« Reply #27 on: Thu, 22 January 2015, 16:55:48 »
Quick update:

over this weekend I will be sculpting some keys, namely:

μ "mu" FN (MX and Topre)
: D (MX)

and two custom order ones
hwood's ****butt (MX)
drhubblephd's Saturn (MX)

Is it possible to make extra ****butts or will it be exclusively for Wooderson?

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Re: [IC] Made to Order Custom Artisan Keycaps-Let me know what you think!
« Reply #28 on: Thu, 22 January 2015, 16:56:30 »
Quick update:

over this weekend I will be sculpting some keys, namely:

μ "mu" FN (MX and Topre)
: D (MX)

and two custom order ones
hwood's ****butt (MX)
drhubblephd's Saturn (MX)

Is it possible to make extra ****butts or will it be exclusively for Wooderson?

There will be as many ****butts as I can make ;)

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Re: [IC] Made to Order Custom Artisan Keycaps-Let me know what you think!
« Reply #29 on: Thu, 22 January 2015, 22:03:16 »
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Re: [IC] Made to Order Custom Artisan Keycaps-Let me know what you think!
« Reply #30 on: Mon, 26 January 2015, 22:48:29 »
Ok I made "DB" rev1 and part of "Ring" today. I will be thickening up ****butt and finishing the fine detail on the Saturn cap tomorrow

Picture is upside down :-\ sorry about that

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« Reply #31 on: Sat, 21 March 2015, 17:08:47 »
Ok I made "DB" rev1 and part of "Ring" today. I will be thickening up ****butt and finishing the fine detail on the Saturn cap tomorrow

Picture is upside down :-\ sorry about that

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I know I'm a bit late to this thread, but good luck. Hopefully those caps end up being really nice. Also I'd be really interested in buying down the road.

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Re: [IC] Made to Order Custom Artisan Keycaps-Let me know what you think!
« Reply #32 on: Sat, 21 March 2015, 17:13:41 »
Ok I made "DB" rev1 and part of "Ring" today. I will be thickening up ****butt and finishing the fine detail on the Saturn cap tomorrow

Picture is upside down :-\ sorry about that

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I know I'm a bit late to this thread, but good luck. Hopefully those caps end up being really nice. Also I'd be really interested in buying down the road.

Don't think MGH will be coming around here anymore :(

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Re: [IC] Made to Order Custom Artisan Keycaps-Let me know what you think!
« Reply #33 on: Sat, 21 March 2015, 20:00:37 »
Ok I made "DB" rev1 and part of "Ring" today. I will be thickening up ****butt and finishing the fine detail on the Saturn cap tomorrow

Picture is upside down :-\ sorry about that

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I know I'm a bit late to this thread, but good luck. Hopefully those caps end up being really nice. Also I'd be really interested in buying down the road.

Don't think MGH will be coming around here anymore :(

Ahh that kind of sucks, any reason why?

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« Reply #34 on: Sat, 21 March 2015, 20:24:52 »
Ok I made "DB" rev1 and part of "Ring" today. I will be thickening up ****butt and finishing the fine detail on the Saturn cap tomorrow

Picture is upside down :-\ sorry about that

nsfwish?

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I know I'm a bit late to this thread, but good luck. Hopefully those caps end up being really nice. Also I'd be really interested in buying down the road.

Don't think MGH will be coming around here anymore :(

Ahh that kind of sucks, any reason why?

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