I just worked on a borrowed idea. Credit given where credit's due.
...and keep it safe. It's a wonder how the regular people feel impelled to steal this little gizmo.
Step 1: MATERIALS Needed
- an old NES controller. Prefferably not-working. I still have my NES console with a pair of working controllers. Do not use those kind. Go to a flea market or something.
- a jacket zipper, 35 cm (13.8 in) long. To match the NEs scheme, I selected one in red.
- phillips n°1 screwdriver
- nose-end pliers
- vinilic glue (like the one used in plastic water pipings, or acrylic scale models).
- Instant glue.
- EVA foam sheet for insulation.
- book paper binders (many of 'em)
Later on I ended needing the following
- X-acto or tip-top crafts knife
- Red sewing thread
- Sewing Needle
Step 2: Cleaning the NES Controller
Remove the PCB and cable from the cases. Unassemble the pads and the buttons, x-pad and select/start buttons. Save those buttons, throw away the pads.
Next, proceed to clean up the parts. years of sweaty hands can be noticed. Use any rubbing compound that you have in hand. Wash away, repeat.
Then, remove the spacers inside the controller , to even the inner surface. Some of them wil pry right away, some are more sturdy and they need to be dented with the X-acto knife (or similar) to be removed.
Step 3: Glue the Buttons
Here's a picture of the upper case with the buttons glued up and all the spacers removed.
Step 4: Measure and Cut the Linings
Step 5: Dry Fit
Step 6: Glue the Zipper to the Bottom Half First
ADVICE. The vinilic glue is extremely volatile and fairly fluid, with no consistency whatsoever. Be very careful with applying to the zipper, do an inch at a time, secure with the binder, and keep going until you reach the end of the zipper. The glue dries up fairly quick, so be extra sure where you put a binder, it may be permanent.
Only a finished picture, due to technical difficulties glueing and snapping photos cannot be done at the same time. Sorry. Use your imagination here.
Step 7: Pause
Step 8: Marking and Glueing the Other Half
mark down with a felt-tip pen the first corner of the zipper, so this can match the bottom half symmetrically.
Then, proceed to glue that part with vinilic glue as done before.
Step 9: Lining
Step 10: Sewing the Zipper Stops
Take red thread, a needle, and sew away.