Friday, August 2, 2013
I discovered that using the laminating pouches will secure your design in place, in case your hand slips. It 's way more kid friendly than the tracing sheet that came with the kit. The black outline paint is essential to creating this art. You should choose designs that have some element of black in them. The colors tend to bleed if you don't outline them in black first and try to fill them in with another color.
Window Art Materials:
Window Paint - available on Amazon
Print out of design
Create Window Art:
To create your personal window art, print out a design from your computer. (I used a Dr. Suess book to create the Cat in the Hat). Place the design in the middle of the laminating pouch. Use the black outline paint to trace the outline of your design. Next, use the black outline paint to fill in the inside design elements.( eyes, mouth, etc) The colored paint is the last step to creating window art. Once you have finished with the outline paint, use the color paint to fill in the rest of the design.
The black paint tends to dry rather quickly. You can also create a marbling technique with the colored paints by using a toothpick. The same marbling technique that is used in baking can be applied here.
Alternatively, you can conserve space a little bit by eliminating the washers, but the keys will tend to stick on each other. If you have an odd number of keys you can fill the space with two washers. When you're done adding keys and washers, add the second piece of sheet metal. Then, tighten everything together with the two lock nuts.Apply a thin layer of glue to the outside of one plate and press on the wooden panel. Do the same for the second panel, then use binder clips to hold everything in place while the glue dries. You may wish to add a layer or two of card stock to prevent the clamps from denting your wood panels.Once the glue dries, your Swiss Army Key Ring is ready to use, but I chose to take it a few steps further by applying stain and polyurethane to make it look a little nicer. To apply the stain I just used a piece of cheesecloth. When the stain was completely dry, I applied the polyurethane with a sponge brush.This design saves space in two ways. First, the keys are mounted parallel to each other and don't fan out. Second, the double folding design allows the blades of both sets of keys to fit within the space of the handle.
This design is also a better way of organizing keys. Because they're always in the same orientation, it's faster and easier to find the one that you need. Swiss Army Key Ring | Instructables via MAKEJason Poel Smith is a contributor at MAKE. Want to see your work on Lifehacker? Email Tessa.