This millefiori USB flash drive makes a great present for friends (or for yourself). With a polymer clay casing you can give the memory stick a very individual appearance. Each one is different and you can personalise by using the wearer's favorite colour combinations.

If you have some experience with polymer clay it can be a first millefiori project. I advise to start with simple patterns, which already give a great effect

If you do not have experience with polymer clay, just take some time to get some feeling with the material and you will very soon be ready to start with millefiori. Check out some of the many online millefiori tutorial videos. I like the ones from fimosieraden.

As taking pictures of a polymer clay work in progress involves cleaning my hands thoroughly before taking the camera each time, I combined pictures of workpieces made at different times to cover all the steps.

Step 1: Materials and tools


- a USB flash drive. I prefer to work with the smallest possible, in order to end up with a small pendant. Sliding models, as opposed to those with a cap, tend to allow for an easier complete removal of the outer casing. You can also use the types without any cover.

- polymer clay of the brand and colours of your choice. I use Fimo "Soft" and Fimo "Effect", most often in a combination of three colours. Take care as polymer clay in unbaked condition is considered harmful to your health and to many plastic surfaces. I guess it's the softeners that do the harm. Check the instructions of the manufacturer. Avoid contact with anything not needed for the sculpting and wash hands, tools and working area thoroughly afterwards.

- some wood with a thickness close to the thickness of the USB flash drive without casing.

- a piece of lace and a catch of your choice

- some masking tape for option A, some thin double-sided tape for option B. I use the type meant for fixing carpets to the floor.

- a clean working surface suitable for working with polymer clay (the softeners tend to attack many plastics and paints, but not polyethylene and polypropylene).

- a razor type crafts knife

- a toothpick

- superglue

- a kitchen furnace (not shown) with good temperature control adapted to the polymer clay of your choice (110 degrees Celsius for Fimo).

<p>I have a pendrive that is just a thin little stick, no body, case or cap. How can I make the cap of the pendent stay in place in this case?</p>
<p>I remove any casings or caps anyway. I normally do make the new polymer clay casing to have aright fit. If it does not fit tightly enough to serve as a friction fit cap, you will need to add some &quot;thickness&quot; to the inner hollow of the part. For small additions I carefully put a drop of superglue on the inner wall and leave it dry keeping the part laying down. Keep in mind superglue sets very slowly when left to dry to the air. Do not insert the USB plug until the glue has thoroughly set.</p><p>Or you can make an extra hole and add an extra loop in the lace, as shown in the picture I added here.</p>
Fimo + millefiori + usb pen + pendant?! I *must* do this. Thank you, I love that four things and so I love this tutorial.
Nice photo. Flash drive is pretty too. :)
Amazing!<br>very beautyfull<br>i really like it so much!<br><br>greets!<br>
during step 4 &amp; 5 do you use the whole clay or how much?
good question!<br><br>I use enough of the prepared clay to cover the complete shape with one layer. I am normally left with at least a little extra clay.<br><br>I use the part of the cane with the best cross sections to cover the shape. I use what is left to make something else, most often buttons: simple discs of clay cane pieces kneaded (with more or less &quot;marble&quot; effect), with two or four holes near the middle. These are not the strongest buttons, but you can use them as decoration or in applications with light loads on the buttons. You can see them used as eyes in some of my cyborg zombies: http://www.instructables.com/id/Cyborg-zombie-feeding-on-quotdeadquot-batterie/
thanks that really helped a lot
Are you sure its safe to bake a flash drive? or do you remove it before baking?
This Ible describes the use of a &quot;core&quot; replacing the flash drive while backing. The main reason is&nbsp;I need a non sticking surface to obtain a removable &quot;cap&quot; piece. It also allows&nbsp;to avoid any risks involved with baking the usb drive.<br /> <br /> But actually you can, another<a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Polymer-Clay-Thumb-Drive/" rel="nofollow">&nbsp;Ible</a> describes you can bake a flash drive without destroying it.&nbsp;I tried it once, with succes.<br /> <br /> A colleague of mine, an electronics engineer, told me he was not surprised at all this is possible, as the inner working temperature of those devices is quite high. What would be destructive is trying to bake it&nbsp;while it is&nbsp;powered up (both heat inputs adding up).
The &quot;place&quot; is already beautiful. You do not need to add usb &quot;sticks&quot; to make it look better. if you want appreciation in person, you may write to me further. I am DEFINITELY in the race for the &quot;mountain dew&quot;....&nbsp; God has really endowed you.<br /> <br /> btw, you can also add sensor leds to it, with three 1v button cells.....<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Sensor-LED-Flashlight-9v-with-light-dark-detec/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Sensor-LED-Flashlight-9v-with-light-dark-detec/</a><br /> <br /> reg<br /> ketan<br /> <br />
Thank you! Christmas indecision is now solved! <br />
Nice instructable. I like the first picture<br />
this is a really great idea i can color code all drive's wooohoo
So wait a second. . . you bake it w/ the usb drive???
No I do not, but according to <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Polymer-Clay-Thumb-Drive/">this Ible</a> you could.<br/><br/>As I need a non sticking surface to obtain a removable &quot;cap&quot; piece anyway, I make a &quot;core&quot;, thus avoiding any risks involved with baking the usb drive.<br/>
oh I get it now. very pretty result. thanks muchleys lol ;0)
I love this idea. I always liked keeping my USB drives attached to me, because if they're just loose, like in my pocket, I always lose them.
Okay.<br/> thank you for explaining that. =]<br/>
I've got it. wire up the thumb drive to a 2' usb extension cable cut in half and just attach the other end with hot glue. use the usb cable ends as clasps. it would involve $.37 cents +s&h for the cable and minimal soldering.
Nice idea. It also gave me inspiration to yet another idea: using the separating halves of the pendant as a catch/closure (wearing it horizontally). This can be done with either an extension cable or a lace.
Wow, I love this as a gift idea. Thanks so much for sharing. I'll be linking in today's Daily DIY.
great idea,smart people!
i didn't read any of the words. none.
good idea. And the result is very nice.
daaaaaang, thats really neat! I bet you could make a killing selling these!

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