As my second Instructable I thought it might be cool to do a little tweak to make our usb key a bit more funny looking. Such as embedding it in a PEZ. Well you can imagine how simple this Instructable will be. But I guess it will be nice for kids and an enjoyable moment for the other.
It will take about 45 minutes to do it. Ok let's go. What do we need ?
We need :
1. a PEZ
2. An old or at least a not too expensive USB key.
3. A little screwdriver.
4. A little metal file or a cutter blade.
5. Some glue gun or some resin (what you'll have at hand)
6. Some expert hands such as Dad or the big guy eating all your PEZ and called brother.
Some PEZ heads are hard to carve and will not fit any USB stuff within. So check it before to buy, if you need to buy it. Cost of this : Almost nothing if you have a spare USB key but you can buy them now for 7$ or so. Of course if you have to buy a new one just save the old key for this Instructable.
Step 1: Dismantle the PEZ and the USB Key.
But anyway let's prepare how it might be done. The goal is to be sure that nothing will be spoiled during the process. Making interventions on general public products is always a bit risky...
So gather a tiny screwdriver and let's start by the easier part. Dismantling the USB key.
I also think that you can use a hair dryer to make the plastic casing far more easy to split, you see.
Don't get to hot right. You should be able to handle it without any problem.
Step 2: All Splitted.
As for the USB key. Start by the lower corner. Try to slip the screwdriver for few millimeters in it.
Or use a hairdryer to heat the plastic a little beat where you want to "enter". You can also heat the screwdriver with a lighter, but beware. Not too hot ! Another thing that should do the trick is to use a vice and gently apply enough pressure to split the plastic casing in half.
Try to level up the screwdriver a bit to force the plastic of the USB key to split.
Now that you have open the casing a bit, try to work your way around, but don't forget that the sensitive material is inside. So if possible work it by hand with your finger. Happy those who still have fingernails ;-) They will have more chance to succeed in one shot. Help each other, anyway.
The PEZ is far more easy to dismantle but still be careful. especially if you have just one. Remove the head by twisting it gently several time. Eventually it will come off. You can split the rest if you like to have a look at the mechanism, but we won't use it.
Step 3: Loading the Head
Let's recap :
The electronic of the USB key fit gently in the head.
The USB plug from the PEZ's head can fit in the computer without problems.
Ok. Now we can pour some glue in it. Gun glue is very hot. So take some pause between two shot of glue. Don't get the head too hot ;-)) The important thing is at least to cover the electronic and make the assembly strong enough for plugging and unplugging jobs.
Step 4: We Are Done.
Here is the result. Bart goes USB :-)
I kept the cap from the key in case I'll need to move with it. If you are careful enough you won't need it anyway. Hope you enjoyed this Instructable. It is a quick, does not need much tools and gives a neat result. What did you to Marge's head ? Duh !