This isn’t really news but there’s a new version of Blender out!
There are a lot of UI changes and it looks great!
I especially like all the navigation and selection guides. They make Blender feel a lot more approachable to beginners.
Awesome job to all the contributors!
I’m currently into translucent keys with swirls of color
The layers of colored resin are pressed together by the two-part mold, resulting in a cool smooshed look.
I need a backlit keyboard to make these shine.
My keycaps have improved!
After a lot of trial and error, I finally realized if you put more resin in the bottom of the two part mold, you’ll avoid the massive air bubbles. Now I can consistently make keycaps without gaping holes (and without a pressure pot).
Here are my “cucumber mint” and “watermelon” keys.
Recently, we’ve been talking a lot about video games with our friends. It reminded me 11 years ago I made a game for the Nintendo DS Lite.
I don’t have any of the assets anymore except for these two screenshots:
It was neat to learn about all DS Lite hardware and thinking about processors and CPUs. Reminds me a little of Android development.
I’ve been watching the L2K tutorials on Youtube to learn to cast keycaps.
While the tutorials are fantastic, I had to watch several times to compile a list of materials. I’m starting from scratch so I needed to acquire everything.
For the Two-Part Silicone Mold
For the Resin Keys
- Polyurethane resin (I accidentally got epoxy resin, but they have similar properties)
- Resin dye (any solid/mica dye or a liquid dye)
- Mold release (see above)
- Sand paper (to polish the keycap bottom)
- Pressure pot (I don’t have one but the videos strongly recommend this)
- Graduated syringes (you’ll need to mix 1:1 ratios for silicone and resin; catheter tips are better than Luer locks or needles)
- Disposable containers (I’m using plastic egg cartons and other household plastic refuse)
- Stirrers (any small stick will work)
I recently started casting keycaps as a quarantine hobby.
I’m making one a day.
I’m pleasantly surprised the quality of the mold registration. It captured the matte texture on the tops of the keys while keeping the sides smooth and shiny.
I’m using a two-part silicone mold made with L2K adapters. Since my keyboard has DCS sculpted keys (every row of keys is shaped differently), I’ll need to make a mold per row.
The keycaps are susceptible to giant air bubbles. I’m taping the mold to release trapped air but I might purchase a pressure pot in the future.
Once I master the fundamentals, I’ll attempt to make embeded keys like Jelly Key.
It’s the pumpkin season again! We got a few friends together to create these delightful jack-o’-lanterns.
Check ’em out:
GDPR is a snazzy new policy and Harry and I printing a shirt to celebrate it. We even commissioned a designer so the shirt could be extra slick.
Click here to get one. The profits will be donated to the EFF.
Whatchu waiting for?