This Instructable shows how you can customize most USB drives and make them look like a figurine, statue, toy or whatever you can come up with. But most importantly, you get to bake your USB circuit board! 

 I had this ugly 2GB USB drive that I found laying around, and decided to do some experiments with it,  like  wrapping it in oven bake clay, which looks and feels like plastic when baked.

The yellow square head guy I created is kinda lame, I had this idea in my mind of some complicated Maya sculpture with different colors and layers etc. but the thrill to see if the circuit board survived the oven made me rush it.  But the important thing here is to show that you can do the same and do something that you like with your USB drive and clay.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Proceed at your own risk.  This could be problematic because you will be baking a USB circuit board at a relatively high temperature (125°C) and short time in your oven and this could be dangerous for reasons unknown to me (maybe fumes from some components or blowing parts, someone correct me if I am wrong).

Step 1: The Ingredients

  You only need two main ingredients:

- Oven bake clay ( I used  Sculpey, but there's also Fimo and others that should work the same)
   You should be able to find this at most craft and art stores around you.

 - A USB drive you can take apart. ( I will not go over how to take it apart because that is part of the fun and there are so many different enclosures that it would be pointless). You just need the internal circuit board.

You can use some tools to shape your little sculpture, or just your fingers. There are some nice techniques out there on youtube that allow you to create patterns, stripes and other cool things using multiple colors. This could be neat to try.

 I used my fingers and a couple of very simple tools that can be replaced with about anything.

You also need an oven, of course!   NOT A MICROWAVE!!!     but a regular one, where cookies are made for example  :)

<p>This tutorial gave me a great idea of what to title my next how-to polymer clay instructable--&quot;Figurine out&quot; Polymer Clay (you know, like figuring out polymer clay haha) Just thought I'd say thanks :) btw I love the yellow square guy's expression..</p>
<p>Hi, you get a very good step by step tutorial.<br> Allow you to showcase your work?<br> http://world-of-jewelry.ru/shop/</p>
Awesome. I always wanted to make a Legend of Zelda USB drive, but I had never thought to use Sculpey. I love how polymer clay looks so neat and plastic-like. Perfect for these projects. You did a good job.
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hello instructibles.com <br>some usb flash drives work successfuly,my other usb works nice <br>but when i got another usb,it blew up my oven <br>anyway i use sculpey clay too <br>i used some air dry clay <br>
I made these for my husband using polymer clay, but I didn't remove the original shell.I just made a case and glued it on with epoxy.See more at suzyhomefaker.bolgspot.com.
p.s. I was able to literally give my Big Brother the finger for Christmas. Had some good laughs!
that's a good one.
My wife and I made these as Christmas presents last year, we had a blast, well received by the family. Thanks!<br><br>
that is so awesome! you guys did a great job, very skillful. I am glad my instructable was helpful :) I like the elephant the best I think, just because it has good memory.
lol, the finger &amp; artist palette ended up being probably the most functional as they're less weighty and plugged in without interference of things like tables or gravity. Fun to work on for sure, strangely though the USB packaging was all the same - but some had blinking LED lights/circuit boards, and others w/o lights were much smaller and easier to design around.<br><br>The walleye, which we gave to my Dad was one with the lights and I had one eye centered over the blinking light, so an unexpected special feature best viewed lowlight conditions.<br><br>Thanks again!
If you are not happy using clay that you have to bake, how about DAS clay? It air hardens, so no need to bake.. Just a thunk. Anyway lookup DAS clay on your favourite search engine or try this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Das-White-Air-Dry-Clay/dp/B000RL5GOC Windy
sounds good, never heard of that before.
Any idea if two-part epoxy would work in the place of sculpting clay?
&nbsp;&nbsp;No idea about that, but I wouldn't try it unless you were sure it isn't dangerous, those things have more dangerous chemicals I believe and could result in &nbsp;disaster.&nbsp;
I&nbsp;was figuring more on the Kneadite two-part epoxy (which seems safe enough), but I&nbsp;suppose it would probably be a good idea to check.<br /> <br /> At the very least, sealing it with a few layers of matte gloss would probably take care of any problems.<br />
hah, sorry, for some stupid reason I&nbsp;thought you were going to put the epoxy on the oven.&nbsp;&nbsp; I&nbsp;think the only concern then would be electric conductivity, if the epoxy is conductive it could create some short circuit.<br />
Your picture reminds me of the easter island stone head sculptures.
&nbsp;oh yes, I thought of those heads too once I was finished, it looks similar.&nbsp;
I have been making roller seals, much like the ancient Mesopotamians, that leave a repeated raised image on a soft material.&nbsp; I could use one to decorate a flash drive with this.
This is nice! In case you didn't already notice, you used Instructables colors too! (orange/yellow) But does it still work after being baked?<br />
&nbsp;haha, true, I didn't realize that till now. &nbsp; &nbsp;and yes, it works perfectly, I even left files inside while baking and they were there afterwards. &nbsp;Looks like USB drive circuit boards are not affected at all by such low temperatures (125 C) &nbsp;for 15 - 20 minutes.&nbsp;
&nbsp;I'm feeling a Instructables Robot mold USB hack coming on..
This is pretty cool, good idea. Do you use sculpey clay often? if so you should make some more insteuctables on how to use different techniques with it and what not<br />
&nbsp;Hey thanks, &nbsp;I am not very experienced with sculpey clay, I only use it once in a while, but the techniques seem to be fairly straightforward, you can find tons of these tutorials on youtube, just search for&nbsp;polymer&nbsp;clay, fimo or sculpey tutorials and you will see them.

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