I love any and all things Nintendo, but recently my controller themed, leather wallet has just been falling apart. Then an idea struck me, since I couldn't find a wallet that could hold all of my stuff for cheap, I would make one myself! And what better a wallet to make than another Nintendo wallet? I found a four pack of SNES games at Goodwill and knew immediately what I had to do to make this wallet epic. If you complete all of the steps in this instructable you will have; a SNES cartridge wallet with the faceplate as your ID or picture of choice, plays videogame (or ironically money themed) noise, switch on/off emergency lighting, and a compact place to store your spare keys and/or USB thumb drive! What the talk you will be.
You WILL be dealing with dangerous tools and materials! But only if they are handled in a detrimental way. The Dremel tool that I use rotates at a high speed, but instead of cutting, it also melts the plastic materials from it's high speed! The soldering iron and solder also melt the plastic at points in this project! Do this project in a well ventilated area! Do not breath in the smoke from melting plastics and metals! Also the Dremel tool will send chunks of plastic and metal into your eyes if you are not careful! Wear protective goggles that wrap around the sides of your eyes as well! Super glue when mishandled could lead to dangerous skin related mishaps! Wear protective gloves if you are concerned with this! You will be switching bits on the Dremel tool! Be sure to disconnect the power or take out the battery pack if it's cordless whenever you are switching bits! Accidentally turning the Dremel tool on while switching bits could lead to a serious accident. You might even lose a finger! There are also electrical components involved! Be careful when soldering wires and other components together and NEVER solder while batteries are in place! This could cause the battery to explode!
And be sure to take any precaution that I have not covered if you run a seemingly dangerous situation. If you are unsure, google a helpful guide.
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Step 1: Materials
I used a lot of junk that I've been saving up, quite a few things were torn asunder to create this.
Plexiglass picture frame (with two right angle edges, 4x6 frame)
(On-off switch, - and + battery connections for two AAA batteries, red and black wires. I got all of these from one of those Plug n Play tv games.)
Clamshell eyeglass case (for the hinge only, so if you have a long thin hinge, go you.)
Videogame greeting card WITH SOUND! (This is important for one of the extras)
LEDs (got them from a Christmas light set, color optional, I went with white, used for second extra.)
Spare keys (for the third extra)
THIN USB thumb drive (for the third extra, capacity is optional)
Screw and bolt set (Screw needs to be slim enough to fit in the eye of your key)
Gorilla brand IMPACT TOUGH super glue (THIS IS IMPORTANT! Try not to use anything but this unless you are 100% positive you have a better working glue! This glue has rubberized elements that, as the name implies, absorbs impacts! Much like the constant getting up and setting down actions we perform daily. It also bonds to the plastics and metals we'll be working with!)
Piezo speaker (You know, the kind that is about as thick as a sheet of cardstock paper, for first extra, though if you don't have many cards you MIGHT be able to get by with a thin one, but I would still advise against it.)
Industrial (optional, normal may work) strength snaps.
Tape (clear, electrical, and painter)
Dremel with various cutting, drilling, and sanding bits
Pliers, (regular and needle nose)
Wire stripper if you really want to use it, I used my...
Pepsi or coke bottle
pen for marking
1 or 2 card sleeves
Ruler (6 inches will be plenty)
Dummy card (a card that will fill in for your other cards but you don't really need anymore, in case something goes... awry... I used a hotel door card.)
Money Clip (hard plastic or uncoated metal is good)
Sandpaper (normal and fine grit)
Parchment paper (the kind for cooking with that waxy side, not the old paper for writing kind)
A flat surface
and two AAA batteries to power it all.