Here’s something about a year in the making – keychains!!!
These were originally made by R2 Limited, but have been out of production for a while. Last year, Steve passed along his key chain knowledge and art files to me. And it’s taken me a while since then, (gauge orders make new product rollout very slow) but I’ve finally got all the tools and materials put together to be able to sell these little pieces of jewelery again.
Brace yourself for toy photos.
The production technique is pretty similar to Steve’s process. The keychains consist of multiple layers of cut vinyl on top of each other. Then it’s sealed with a dome of water-clear jeweler’s epoxy. And, thanks for my crazy gauge printer, I’m able to do some of the artwork with printed vinyl as well. This lets me do some very small details like the black Eunos logo on the fob that Hot Rod is holding above.
The epoxy I’m using cures very quickly under UV light, so I’m able to make a set of key fobs in just a couple hours. Next day shipping is indeed possible. I’m very happy about this.
The downside is that the epoxy is not rated for outdoor exposure. It will yellow. That means that wheel center caps are not currently possible. But I’m hoping to have something figured out in a few months after testing different resins.
In addition to the regular models, I’ve spent some time making custom keychains for a few folks. Just to see what was possible with the materials. So far, I’ve been very impressed. The materials are great and the finished products are so darn pretty.
As you might have guessed, the Star Shark keychain belongs to Sharka.
Want a keychain of your own? They’re in my store for ordering right now. Standard models are priced at $19 and custom designs start at $35.
(In case you couldn’t tell, I’ve had a ton of fun making these.)