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ALPHA KEYCAPS - Introducing, "Alpha Ape" Artisan Keycaps
« on: Mon, 27 March 2017, 09:12:49 »
INTRODUCTION
Hi everyone, since January '17 I've tried to learn and have been making artisan keycaps since then. My dream is to have great artisan keycaps and share with you all here. This keycap making activity have taken most of my time everyday. I keep learning everyday, from tons of failures, from other senior artisan keycap maker. I love the process of making this keycaps, from how to make a good mold, what is the best way to pour and casting my resin, how to mix color, what color combination is the best, how I share my time for study and make my projects (I am a information technology student ;D ), and many more.

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I choose the name, Alpha Keycaps because I have older brother that loves me so much and his name is "Alfa", Bahasa Indonesia of Alpha in English. The other factor is I love to be the first and the best, but that's not the number one priority of me. I just try my best to achieve it without harm other people. I also don't say that my keycaps is the first, the best, and the rest is behind me. Many artisan keycaps are way better than mine for example Navacaps, Clack Factory, Brocaps, Hungerwork, and many more.

Recently I decide to bought pressure pot and air compressor because I can't survive with all the micro bubbles on my keycaps. Those bubbles waste too much resin and it's depressing. I think my decision to save my money to invest in those tools are worth it. Now I have confident to show my keycaps and share with you all.

Honestly, this activity and keyboards community things taught me a lot. Many new things happened in last 4 months of my journey in keycap making world. I appreciate every advice or critic you have for me or my keycaps because I realize, is it still good if only me say it's good but the other say it's bad? And back to my first purpose, I want share great artisan keycaps with you all. Hope I can contribute in this community through my keycaps. Cheers!

ALPHA APE

Hi everyone, I have an update for my artisan keycaps.
This one is inspired by Harambe and KingKong. The idea came to my mind while I was studying for my mid term computer networking test :D. So here is it, Alpha Ape by Alpha Keycaps. With any respect, I don't have any intention to copy other's work. I make it as original as possible and all of the main design idea is come from me with some advice from my friends.

It's start with the head shape. I try to make it rectangular so it looks good on keyboard. It has typical gorilla's face with thick forehead, deep eye, and big holes on their nose. I make some adjustment to the shape and deepness of the face so it will help me in triple-shoting later in casting. The mouth is curved down so it looks like he's between sad and grumpy. The eyebrows are asymmetric to give more emotion and expression. The big ass fang is added after my friend told me and I really like the overall appearance with fang. It just look like more badass.

I got pretty good feedback from my friends and now I decide to post it here so I could have more feedback from you all. Every feedback is important to me because I'm still a new boy here. I always try to improve this apes so I could do the sale of this badass apes as soon as possible. Cheers!

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Re: [IC] ALPHA KEYCAPS - Topre and MX Blanks
« Reply #1 on: Mon, 27 March 2017, 09:17:31 »
They look lovely! Best of luck, I'm sure you'd get plenty of international interest if you were to open up further sales.

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« Reply #2 on: Mon, 27 March 2017, 10:06:36 »
Truly gorgeous... Especially the bubblegum one. I want to start doing this kind of thing (Making keycaps), do you have any tips?

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Re: [IC] ALPHA KEYCAPS - Topre and MX Blanks
« Reply #3 on: Mon, 27 March 2017, 11:39:30 »
If the price is right I'm definitely interested. I don't visit Geekhack often so please post over at /r/mechmarket and /r/mechanicalkeyboards before your next sale! Topre, please!
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Re: [IC] ALPHA KEYCAPS - Topre and MX Blanks
« Reply #4 on: Mon, 27 March 2017, 13:49:33 »
If the price is right I'm definitely interested. I don't visit Geekhack often so please post over at /r/mechmarket and /r/mechanicalkeyboards before your next sale! Topre, please!

Sure I'll also post it on reddit :) #teamTopre

Truly gorgeous... Especially the bubblegum one. I want to start doing this kind of thing (Making keycaps), do you have any tips?

Start with blank because in my opinion it's simpler and good for beginner. First, try to make your mold. Making mold is easier than pouring resin. Try pouring bubble free resin even without pressure pot, because I think that is the best way for beginner. There will be much trials and errors. Enjoy the process :)

They look lovely! Best of luck, I'm sure you'd get plenty of international interest if you were to open up further sales.

Thank you very much for your appreciation!
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Re: [IC] ALPHA KEYCAPS - Topre and MX Blanks
« Reply #5 on: Mon, 27 March 2017, 14:27:37 »
oh wow

more blanks

what a novel concept
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Re: [IC] ALPHA KEYCAPS - Topre and MX Blanks
« Reply #6 on: Mon, 27 March 2017, 14:31:52 »
Very clean looking, great idea on the crumbs/sprinkles idea!
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Re: [IC] ALPHA KEYCAPS - Topre and MX Blanks
« Reply #7 on: Mon, 27 March 2017, 14:38:25 »
oh wow

more blanks

what a novel concept

Did you miss the memo? They're DCS blanks.

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Re: [IC] ALPHA KEYCAPS - Topre and MX Blanks
« Reply #8 on: Tue, 28 March 2017, 01:26:02 »
Very clean looking, great idea on the crumbs/sprinkles idea!

Thank you! Tbh, that idea happened accidentally :D but at the end that's become my blank's uniqueness.

oh wow

more blanks

what a novel concept

Thank you. I think blanks in some way blend more with the keyboard, but I still love artisan too and one day I'll try to make one!
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Re: [IC] ALPHA KEYCAPS - Topre and MX Blanks
« Reply #9 on: Tue, 28 March 2017, 02:01:31 »
INterested!

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Re: [IC] ALPHA KEYCAPS - Topre and MX Blanks
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 28 March 2017, 10:11:08 »
INterested!

Thanks mate!


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« Reply #11 on: Tue, 28 March 2017, 10:17:49 »
LOVING the Bubble Gum and Mint Cake keycaps.

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« Reply #12 on: Tue, 28 March 2017, 10:51:18 »
LOVING the Bubble Gum and Mint Cake keycaps.

I think bubble gum is most liked color ;D
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Re: [IC] ALPHA KEYCAPS - Artisan and Blanks [UPDATED]
« Reply #13 on: Wed, 29 March 2017, 02:04:03 »
UPDATE! I recently post my first artisan :D
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« Reply #14 on: Wed, 29 March 2017, 02:53:05 »
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Re: [IC] ALPHA KEYCAPS - Artisan and Blanks [UPDATED]
« Reply #15 on: Wed, 29 March 2017, 06:39:37 »
These look so clean and delicious. Do you plan to make them in MX too?


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[IC] ALPHA KEYCAPS - Artisan and Blanks [UPDATED]
« Reply #16 on: Wed, 29 March 2017, 07:19:08 »
These look so clean and delicious. Do you plan to make them in MX too?


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Of course :D I'll make it with GMK as the base so they will have GMK texture and cherry profile
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Re: [IC] ALPHA KEYCAPS - Artisan and Blanks [UPDATED]
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 29 March 2017, 09:05:57 »
These look so clean and delicious. Do you plan to make them in MX too?


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Of course :D I'll make it with GMK as the base so they will have GMK texture and cherry profile

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« Reply #18 on: Wed, 29 March 2017, 18:31:39 »
These are beautiful, can't wait to see what you do next! If you ever want to make a watermelon set let me know ;) Sweet enough isn't it?

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« Reply #19 on: Wed, 29 March 2017, 22:47:05 »
These are beautiful, can't wait to see what you do next! If you ever want to make a watermelon set let me know ;) Sweet enough isn't it?

I think I can't because KeyKollectiv already have one with watermelon color, but maybe another fruit huh


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« Reply #20 on: Mon, 10 April 2017, 12:07:51 »
Update! Introducing my new artisan
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« Reply #21 on: Thu, 25 May 2017, 09:49:46 »
Update for Alpha Ape v.1 with on keyboard images
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« Reply #22 on: Thu, 25 May 2017, 09:59:35 »
They look really good, I like the update.
Am definitely interested if you plan on doing a sale at some point.

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« Reply #23 on: Fri, 26 May 2017, 04:01:50 »
They look really good, I like the update.
Am definitely interested if you plan on doing a sale at some point.

Thank you for your appreciation and interest mate :thumb:
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« Reply #24 on: Fri, 26 May 2017, 04:07:45 »
Forgot the booty picture

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« Reply #26 on: Tue, 30 May 2017, 19:51:46 »
Those caps are awesome, man.

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« Reply #28 on: Wed, 31 May 2017, 00:33:16 »
Cool :D
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I send you a DM :)


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« Reply #30 on: Wed, 31 May 2017, 10:09:57 »
Cool :D

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Dudeee, been following you on instagram and I'm loving these caps. When can we buy these??? i'm very interested in the Carbon Orange one, and the first green one. Hope you make a green one with a maroonish face as well to match SA Camping that would be awesome!

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« Reply #32 on: Thu, 01 June 2017, 00:56:05 »
Cool :D

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Dudeee, been following you on instagram and I'm loving these caps. When can we buy these??? i'm very interested in the Carbon Orange one, and the first green one. Hope you make a green one with a maroonish face as well to match SA Camping that would be awesome!

Just DM me if you interested :D
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« Reply #33 on: Sat, 03 June 2017, 03:51:33 »
Have a new colorway, should I call these Coke or Hypebeast Ape ;D

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« Reply #34 on: Sat, 03 June 2017, 15:35:29 »
these look great! looking forward to seeing a sale:-)

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« Reply #35 on: Sat, 03 June 2017, 15:58:35 »
"new" ape design is sweet.  The one eye has a very sci fi feel. Oh wait, that's his forehead.  Still love it.

I think I would make a whole num pad out of those.
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« Reply #36 on: Sat, 03 June 2017, 21:17:06 »
Cool colors man. Have you experimented at all with semi-transparent colors? Would be cool to see one of these with glowing eyes haha.
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« Reply #37 on: Tue, 06 June 2017, 01:03:30 »
Cool colors man. Have you experimented at all with semi-transparent colors? Would be cool to see one of these with glowing eyes haha.

Yes I did, wait for it :)


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« Reply #38 on: Sun, 11 June 2017, 16:36:04 »
I've been a closet fan and a lurker of your work for some time and I must say your apes has the potential to be an iconic keycap. Congratulations on the debut! Keep it up and I hope to also win the giveaway prize!  ;D

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« Reply #39 on: Mon, 12 June 2017, 14:49:41 »
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« Reply #40 on: Thu, 29 June 2017, 22:16:41 »
Having now seen one up close, I must find an OG. Great sculpt, what a start  :thumb: