So I decided with a bit of sugru I could make my collection of USB drives a little more interesting - my six USB drives are now completely unique and much more fun.
You can get Sugru here at www.sugru,com
I will run through how I made the orange/black double-header - and then run through the difference textures you can make easily
Step 1: Remove the Casing
Step 2: Mask the Important Components
Step 3: Make the Cap Section
First off you use a pad of sugru to link the masked metal connector of one drive to the far end of the other - you then clad the whole end. It really just means slowly building up through small lumps into two caps - the picture is much the easiest way to explain .
1. Bear in mind that on the metal connector you have masking which you mould around. On the other chip you are trying to permanently bond to the chip and circuit board
2. There is no need to be neat - you are gonna cover up everything.
LEAVE THE SUGRU TO CURE!
Step 4: Cover the Whole Chip
Using blobs of orange and black - very roughly cover the two chips (including the already cured caps) Rather than be careful with the finish - make sure that the sugru is into every nook and cranny.
I deleted my picture of this phase - whoops. But it is not great looking - it is blobby and ugly.
Now using a pin start pricking and drawing. The picture below shows the very first pricking and drawing . You can see it breaks up the boundaries . You push the pin in a few millimetres and drag slightly as removing
Only holding the metal connector go over the whole of the two chips and create the first level of texture
Step 5: Complete the Texture
You can note from the picture that I have put a lump of bluetack on the metal connector - this means that you can put the piece down without flattening all your hard work
Step 6: Trim to Fit
By carefully going backwards and forwards - putting the two chips together, trim a bit, try to put together again, trim a bit more... etc - you should be able to get to a situation where the two chips fit with no gap.
Step 7: Final Results
Step 8: Different Texture
First I covered the chip and created the caps with black sugru. I then made a thin covering of blue. This texture is made by poking in perpendicular with a pin and then rotated slightly to enlarge the whole and distort the pattern. These are made from half length chips from two kingston drives
EDIT - Should have made this clear. The lower base level (in this case black) but be allowed to cure completely before putting on top level and making texture. (thanks for spotting and mentioning Terrapinlogo!)
Step 9: Same Texture With Different Colours
Step 10: Strange Texture
Initially I covered the chip in orange - and went over the whole chip and made the fur/moss pricking texture all over. Let the sugru cure completely - a day or so minimum. I then mashed green sugru into every little nook and cranny - it looked really messy, Again let it cure totally.
Then with a super sharp scalpel blade or craft knife - I cut away tiny slices of the outside layer. Eventually I got down to a piebald mixed layer that I found really weird and attractive. The cut sugru has a slightly different feeling to it
Step 11: To Sum Up
Hope that people fancy try making an alien usb drive
All the best