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Resin Keycaps With RoastPotatoes
« on: Thu, 04 June 2015, 17:49:45 »
I have been experimeting with making keycaps. I followed KatzenKinder's guide to get started. I have only done blanks as I don't have any pbt caps to spare.

My table has suffered greatly in the process.


I only have blue pigment at the moment, which is why it is such a prominent colour. A little bit of red ink was used, however this made them turn out like wafers.

I haven't encountered many problems. But some caps have turned out mostly bubble.

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Re: Resin Keycaps With RoastPotatoes
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 04 June 2015, 17:52:56 »
nice work! i love that light one with the dark blue swirl.

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Re: Resin Keycaps With RoastPotatoes
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 04 June 2015, 18:02:06 »
Looks like a good start!

How is the fit on a board?

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« Reply #3 on: Thu, 04 June 2015, 22:58:31 »
Ahh, found you! Glad to see the beginnings :)

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Re: Resin Keycaps With RoastPotatoes
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 05 June 2015, 08:59:45 »
Looks like a good start!

How is the fit on a board?
Everything fits quite well. I will take photos when I can.
Ahh, found you! Glad to see the beginnings :)

 
Thanks for your help :)

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Re: Resin Keycaps With RoastPotatoes
« Reply #5 on: Sat, 06 June 2015, 13:48:55 »
Congratulations on early success!  It would be an interesting look, if you could get a whole board worth of color-swirled caps.  If you could manage to align the swirls, that would be a nice trick.  If you could get brown and dark brown swirls to line up and look like wood grain, that would be a *very* nice trick.
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Re: Resin Keycaps With RoastPotatoes
« Reply #6 on: Sun, 07 June 2015, 13:36:18 »
Congratulations on early success!  It would be an interesting look, if you could get a whole board worth of color-swirled caps.  If you could manage to align the swirls, that would be a nice trick.  If you could get brown and dark brown swirls to line up and look like wood grain, that would be a *very* nice trick.
That would be incredibly nice but very hard.

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Re: Resin Keycaps With RoastPotatoes
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 07 June 2015, 13:41:33 »
Fn in use:

This is a broken one I was just using to demonstrate that they are working.
Fn Collection:

My favourite of these are the white with red flecks on top. I will get some better photos of these.


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Quite a few bubbles and imperfections. Only a couple are really perfect.


Please tell me what you think.

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Re: Resin Keycaps With RoastPotatoes
« Reply #9 on: Thu, 11 June 2015, 13:58:55 »
more!

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« Reply #10 on: Thu, 11 June 2015, 14:16:26 »
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These two look fantastic!
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« Reply #11 on: Thu, 11 June 2015, 14:18:35 »
are those glow in the dark?

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Re: Resin Keycaps With RoastPotatoes
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 11 June 2015, 14:24:18 »
are those glow in the dark?
No, it's just colour. They do look very nice though.

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Re: Resin Keycaps With RoastPotatoes
« Reply #13 on: Thu, 11 June 2015, 16:59:09 »
These are looking great, the one on the left is my favourite, if it were in red it would look like a blood splat which would be better still!

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I like how you've progressed to an actual design too rather than sticking to blanks, keep it up :thumb:
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Re: Resin Keycaps With RoastPotatoes
« Reply #14 on: Sat, 13 June 2015, 08:28:49 »

Latest batch:




These are looking great, the one on the left is my favourite, if it were in red it would look like a blood splat which would be better still!

I like how you've progressed to an actual design too rather than sticking to blanks, keep it up :thumb:
 
These are my two current designs:





My initial intention was to get producing some nice creative designs as soon as possible. But I am still having trouble creating perfect casts.





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The cast was not that great, but the colour worked well.


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Re: Resin Keycaps With RoastPotatoes
« Reply #15 on: Sat, 13 June 2015, 15:41:18 »
Looking good man, keep up the good work! Don't stop! I bet you'll be hammering out some awesome casts in no time. :D The color combinations already look pretty good!

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Re: Resin Keycaps With RoastPotatoes
« Reply #16 on: Sun, 14 June 2015, 10:37:39 »
How do you get the Heart model for molding? I mean did you use 3d printed sample or just use your hand work.

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« Reply #17 on: Sun, 14 June 2015, 10:52:13 »
How do you get the Heart model for molding? I mean did you use 3d printed sample or just use your hand work.
I made it out of super sculpey

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Re: Resin Keycaps With RoastPotatoes
« Reply #18 on: Wed, 17 June 2015, 14:20:46 »
I am getting a little better



















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Re: Resin Keycaps With RoastPotatoes
« Reply #19 on: Wed, 17 June 2015, 17:54:18 »
Looking good, and is that a new design or two I see? (the pinky coloured faces :) )
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« Reply #20 on: Wed, 17 June 2015, 18:26:24 »
Looking good, and is that a new design or two I see? (the pinky coloured faces :) )
It is :) Spending a bit of time on this one to try to make it a better sculpt.

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« Reply #21 on: Wed, 17 June 2015, 18:49:57 »
looks like there are some new faces hiding in the background there!

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Re: Resin Keycaps With RoastPotatoes
« Reply #22 on: Wed, 17 June 2015, 22:20:43 »
Coming along nicely!  Keep it up!
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Re: Resin Keycaps With RoastPotatoes
« Reply #23 on: Mon, 22 June 2015, 11:37:01 »
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« Reply #24 on: Mon, 22 June 2015, 11:41:26 »
@RoastPotatoes these posts are amazing and make me wish I was doing this too. Thanks for all the posts and photos!
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« Reply #25 on: Mon, 22 June 2015, 11:56:55 »
@RoastPotatoes these posts are amazing and make me wish I was doing this too. Thanks for all the posts and photos!


Thank you. I hope it will give you enough motivation to have a go. With all the pictures I am getting I am hoping to create a guide to help beginners like myself.

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« Reply #26 on: Mon, 22 June 2015, 11:59:00 »
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Some of those caps are perfect man, nice work!

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« Reply #27 on: Mon, 22 June 2015, 12:03:24 »
awesome caps, glad to see you come along so far so quickly. keep it up man!

(and dibs on R4C8 huehuehue)

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« Reply #28 on: Mon, 22 June 2015, 12:55:37 »
Very clean, nice work  :thumb:

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« Reply #29 on: Mon, 22 June 2015, 16:00:05 »
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I hope it will give you enough motivation to have a go. With all the pictures I am getting I am hoping to create a guide to help beginners like myself.

I keep thinking about making caps, but I get to the warnings about exploding pressure chambers then go looking for a good one, find nothing but paint sprayers and realise it's late and I should go to bed.  In the morning I realise I'm not creative enough to come up with a good design anyway and forget about the idea.

I go through this cycle everytime I see a new person getting good and now you've mastered doubleshot arms you've joined the list - bedtime is still hours away so maybe tonight's the night :))
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Re: Resin Keycaps With RoastPotatoes
« Reply #30 on: Mon, 22 June 2015, 16:05:26 »
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I hope it will give you enough motivation to have a go. With all the pictures I am getting I am hoping to create a guide to help beginners like myself.

I keep thinking about making caps, but I get to the warnings about exploding pressure chambers then go looking for a good one, find nothing but paint sprayers and realise it's late and I should go to bed.  In the morning I realise I'm not creative enough to come up with a good design anyway and forget about the idea.

I go through this cycle everytime I see a new person getting good and now you've mastered doubleshot arms you've joined the list - bedtime is still hours away so maybe tonight's the night :))
I believe in you. Just have a go! If you have any questions I might be able to help but KatzenKinder has also been very helpful with answering my questions.

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« Reply #31 on: Mon, 22 June 2015, 16:33:14 »
This is awesome work RP! Keep it up  :thumb: :thumb:. Any chance for some pink topre fn giveaway?  :p


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« Reply #32 on: Tue, 23 June 2015, 18:30:16 »
I am quite happy with this one



This is awesome work RP! Keep it up  :thumb: :thumb: . Any chance for some pink topre fn giveaway?  :p
 
Once I reach the point where I have a completed sale. I will do one.

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« Reply #33 on: Tue, 23 June 2015, 18:50:45 »
This is awesome work RP! Keep it up  :thumb: :thumb: . Any chance for some pink topre fn giveaway?  :p
 
Once I reach the point where I have a completed sale. I will do one.
Love it. Carry on good sir.
ps. love the teal color of that latest heart cap.


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« Reply #34 on: Tue, 23 June 2015, 22:44:39 »
Congratulations, these are looking better and better!  The faded-corners ones in the top row make me think again of wood grain switches.  I don't have an idea of how you are applying the colors, but it occurred to me that a paintbrush for surface lines and injecting the rest, might be a way to get some kind of stripes.  It's just an idea, not a suggestion. 
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« Reply #35 on: Wed, 24 June 2015, 07:38:06 »
Congratulations, these are looking better and better!  The faded-corners ones in the top row make me think again of wood grain switches.  I don't have an idea of how you are applying the colors, but it occurred to me that a paintbrush for surface lines and injecting the rest, might be a way to get some kind of stripes.  It's just an idea, not a suggestion.
Whilst that sounds like a good idea I think that will kill the brushes. I am currently using ink pens that have variable width. They somewhat allow you to use the resin like ink for a short period before it starts to gel. I do have a very strong tub of chemicals somewhere that gets fibreglass resin off paint brushes so that might work on brushes. I will have to look into it.



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« Reply #36 on: Thu, 02 July 2015, 11:56:05 »


This should be my final sale stock. Including my new design.

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« Reply #37 on: Thu, 02 July 2015, 11:56:50 »
WEOW I want a spookyman

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« Reply #38 on: Thu, 02 July 2015, 11:57:50 »
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This should be my final sale stock. Including my new design.

ooh baby those pastel blanks

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« Reply #39 on: Thu, 02 July 2015, 11:58:03 »

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This should be my final sale stock. Including my new design.

Wow these are amazing!! What a great post to get notified by for the return of GH
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« Reply #40 on: Thu, 02 July 2015, 13:41:58 »
soooo clean

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« Reply #41 on: Thu, 02 July 2015, 13:57:54 »
Wow, someone made good use of their GHless weekend!  When's the sale?
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« Reply #42 on: Thu, 02 July 2015, 18:07:24 »
Wow, someone made good use of their GHless weekend!  When's the sale?
Tomorrow or the weekend

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« Reply #43 on: Thu, 02 July 2015, 22:43:20 »
totally in for some pastel fns! I may be busy with a H4H tomorrow but will keep my eyes peeled.


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« Reply #44 on: Fri, 03 July 2015, 08:44:42 »
Wow, looks awesome!
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« Reply #45 on: Fri, 03 July 2015, 13:30:24 »
these just keep getting better!
WTB please.

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« Reply #46 on: Fri, 03 July 2015, 15:49:52 »
I ordered 100 A5 bubble mailers for  preparation and they turned out to be quite large. I might have to cut them in half. Thanks for all of the nice words :)

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« Reply #47 on: Fri, 03 July 2015, 17:34:07 »
Awesome

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« Reply #48 on: Sat, 04 July 2015, 11:21:14 »
I'm pretty sure I said this on reddit, but these are looking fantastic! I can't wait for the sale :D
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« Reply #49 on: Sat, 04 July 2015, 11:43:02 »
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This should be my final sale stock. Including my new design.

those caps are damn nice! really like that blue and white FN.