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Because there's not a classier way to attend anything, ever.
 
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Step 1: What you need:

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  • Elmer's Super Fast Epoxy or something similar
  • cufflinks with 8mm pads
  • square, four top legos - thick or thin work.
  • disposable containers and stirrers for mixing epoxy
Notes on glues:
These proved especially difficult. Perhaps it was the coating on the cufflinks, perhaps I was too rough when testing the bond (though I guess that's not a bad thing), perhaps the glue gods just didn't like me at the time. I used my standard Aleene's 7800 glue on these with no luck except for the red pair, and who knows why that one decided to adhere! Then I tried Gorilla Glue epoxy and it also failed to stick. So I'm highly recommending the Elmer's epoxy (thanks to Randy for the suggestion!) - I want anyone who duplicates this to have a successful project, and not three days of cussing like I had. ;)

Notes on obtaining cufflinks:
The local bead store had them, but not the right size. Michael's did not carry them. I would recommend buying them off ebay, as you can get them much cheaper and in bulk. I got 5 pairs for $15 there. You can go even cheaper than that if you'd like to wait to have them shipped from Japan! I also have to recommend buying supplies from etsy - the sellers there are amazing and just as cheap, if not cheaper than ebay.

Step 2: Working with epoxy.

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Let it be known I'm not a fan, but it really was a good way to do this project.

Follow the directions on your epoxy very closely, and try to get one that dries clear.

Make sure you're in a well ventilated area, because it will smell. It means business. Also keep in mind that the Elmer's epoxy sets up very quickly, so only dispense a small amount at a time or you'll be left with a huge amount of tacky/dried epoxy in your container.

I was only able to coat 3-4 cufflinks and get them in place before my epoxy set up. I wasted a large amount on the first couple batches so plan accordingly.

Wipe any mistakes you make off right away or you'll have to sand them off later.

And make sure not to get any on yourself. I washed my hands constantly and had acetone nail polish remover nearby at all times. :)


Step 3: Epoxy-ing

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Proper steps:
  • mix a tiny amount of epoxy in a disposable container with a disposable stirring device
  • use the end of the stirring device to apply a small amount of epoxy to a cufflink and then press firmly into place right over the circular bit in the middle of the back for at least 60 seconds - I did counting to keep time.
  • move on to the next cufflink, repeating the process.
  • once you've done 4-5 of them, the epoxy in the container will start setting up and getting a serious tacky skin, so take this as your cue to stop and check to make sure all cufflinks and pressed down firmly. (I had some issues with bubbles forming and pushing the cufflinks up away from the lego back.)
  • mix up more epoxy and continue!

Step 4: Let them cure.

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The Elmer epoxy says to allow 12-24 hours for a full cure, and I'm going to say you should go with the full time. :)

So just let them hang out in a place where people won't mess with them until the time is up!

Step 5: Enjoy!

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Three of the pairs have been claimed by people in the Instructables office, so here's hoping for some action shots soon. :)

Until then, more of the same sexy macro shots.

These pairs are really cool!!

80$man3 years ago
Well this is outside of the {lego} box thinking! I like it... I like it very much!

I have always wanted to wear cufflinks more often, but they always too formal/fancy looking, don’t work for semi casual… but damn these lego ones knock it out of the park! I am going to dig out my lego sets and make a few pairs. It’s a cool gift idea as well, nerd-bling is always welcome!

Concerning your glue trouble, I use Pratley brand adhesives, but I saw on their site that they don’t export to the US, sorry… They make a range of products of which at least one would be able stick something to anything else (no, wait… o yes that does make sence) permanently.
splazem3 years ago
Awesome!
Great instructable :) Think I'll give this a try as I have to wear a suit every day, come September.
Thank you for sharing again. I have a todo to,,,ummm,,well,,,to do, and can't find cuff links. PERFECT! TY :)
Kryptonite3 years ago
Oh wow, that is some incredibly sexy macro photography!
jessyratfink (author)  Kryptonite3 years ago
Thanks! And all with a point and shoot camera, too. I'm pretty proud of the little guy. :D
I'm trying for my first Instructable with a light box, but I don't have my tripod at the moment!! It's very terrible; shaky hands don't make for good macro photography.
angelabchua3 years ago
this is so what im making for Xmas gifts for the men in my life. They refuse to "dress up".... this might be the perfect excuse to get them in a fancy shirt. "but but... but.. it legos?"
jessyratfink (author)  angelabchua3 years ago
Haha, I think that is precisely what happened to Muffin this morning. I want to make some fancier silver ones for the boyfriend, too!
Love it! My kind of classy.
jessyratfink (author)  Penolopy Bulnick3 years ago
Thank you!
SHIFT!3 years ago
Yay, you finally finished them!


How many can I order from you? :)
jessyratfink (author)  SHIFT!3 years ago
Haha, let me know if you need extras!
ChrysN3 years ago
Nice, those look very sharp!
jessyratfink (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
Thanks very much! :)