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Picture of Simple Heart Keychain Fob
This is a quick and simple Valentines Day gift.  Inexpensive and practical, this durable gift is sure to hang around for awhile.

Step 1: Supplies

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There are several way to complete this project.  I will demonstrate three ways you can close the loop for the fob.  All are relatively simple, it just allows for what supplies you might have on hand.

For this project you will need:

Scape leather (at least 3x4 inches)

Soldering Iron (or Wood burning tool)

Xacto knife

Pen

Paper

Sharp Pointy Object  (Awl, drill, screw driver, thick needle, punch, ice pick)

Scissors

Key  Ring 


For Rivet Closure:

A punch

A rivet (back and front)

A rivet setter


For Needle and Thread Closure:

Needle

Thread

Candle

For the Sewing Awl Closure:

A Sewing Awl




Step 2: Heart Design

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Fold your paper in half. 

Draw half a heart the size you want your key fob to be (about 2").

Cut out your heart. . .muhahahahah.  Sorry, couldn't resist!

Step 3: Leather Heart

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Trace the heart cut out onto the leather.  I had some lace leather lying around, however any relatively thick leather will work.

Measure about a half inch centered over the top of the heart.

Draw parallel lines about 2 1/2 inches.

Use a penny or other coin to create a gentle arch for the top of the flap.

Use the Xacto knife to cut out the heart.  For the curves of the heart, cut in small sections. 

The edges can be cleaned up after the shape is completely cut out.
 
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PuzzleJenn1 year ago
Wouldn't it be easier to feed the leather through the keyring before riveting? Fold the leather tab THROUGH the keyring instead of having to twist the ring onto the finished fob? :)
kmac1 (author)  PuzzleJenn1 year ago
It wasn't for me, the ring tended to get in the way. However, it might be different for someone else and would certainly cut out a step! Thanks for the comment!
I like the way you decorated the edges of your heart. I am new to the site and am trying to write up an instructible, but have not figured out how to get more than one image on a page. Would you mind telling me how you did it.
kmac1 (author)  grandmaof131 year ago
Thank you for your comment!

No problem. I've had the same conundrum come up myself.

Click on the Create tab at the top of the Instructables page. You will be given three options Photo, Step by Step or Video.

Click Get Started on the Step by Step option. If you click Photo option it will only allow one photo per instructable.

When the screen opens for the Step by Step, at the bottom of the page it has the add photo option. Upload your photos or choose from your Library and click Add File. You can add as many as you like.

I would suggest adding the photos in the correct order right now. Instructables has a utility that allows you to drag and drop photo files to change the order, but I found that utility was not working at this time.

Hope this helps! Thanks again for your comment!
kmac1 (author)  kmac11 year ago
I just checked the Photo option and it does allow for more than one photo but only has one page for the photos.

If you prefer the Photo option, the process is the same.

Upload the photo file(s), or choose from those previously uploaded in your Instructable Library and click Add File. Again you can add as many as you wish.
Thank you. I thought I tried that but every time I added a photo it made another page. I will work on that tomorrow.