Wintereenmas is a festival created by Tim Buckley in his webcomic Ctrl-Alt-Del - well worth a looksee. It usually occurs at the end of january (25th-31st) yet wherever geeks meet it lives on! As i'm studying in the wilds of wales it has become the only time i get to meet up with my mates from college for any period of time and so it has replaced christmas for the exchanging of gifts, eating what you shouldn't and generally not moving from one spot.
Step 1: Ingredients
Adopt one of these poor individuals today..... and then rip its guts out!
A soldering iron - no self respecting geek should be without one... even if it is for poking holes and melting things.
Various flavours of pliers - i found the needlenose ones the most useful
Cord or stretchy elastic
Any of a multitude of flavours of tape - here i'm using parcel tape but gaffer/duck, masking or sellotape is good. As a general rule, double sided is a no-no if you are as hairy as me O_O This is only for a rough fitting so dont go using your best tape (admit it, you have one dont you!)
All of these i had knocking around except for the elastic which was scrounged off a mate... thanks jess!!
Step 2: A Note on Keys
As for the keys themselves, you want quite tall profile keys with a decent amount of height on them as we are going to be sticking holes through the sides. Laptop keys or more modern keyboards use the black art of ergonomics and so have a tendancy to produce only short keys that arent really much use for this project (but can still be useful)
Keep a hold of the innards and extra keys, you could use them in such fine projects as a wiring wallet, name badges or even fridgemagnets. (I really like the pad circuitry designs and am already thinking of turning it into lampshades or visors)
Step 3: Deflower the Keys
Step 4: Layout
If you are making this for a friend bear in mind that there is no universal wrist size, use yours for comparison but make adjustments. Also dont stare at their wrists for long periods of time, it wierds people out.
Feel free to spell out humerous sayings, netspeak or simply rude things about microsoft/macs/rival house of geek.
Step 5: Get Stabby
Poke 2 holes in the side walls of the keys, opposite each other. repeat with all the keys in bracelet. Make sure that you can get the cord though the holes and that you dont accidentally make them too big and take out the wall completely. when they are cooled you could trim off the excess plastic that splurges around the sides for neatness sake, or just leave it there as it has rounded edges and thus wont frey/cut/catch on the cord, extending the mileage.
Step 6: Thread Them Up
If you are using cord then you might want to add some kind of clasp or fastening device for ease of removal.
Go round up some fellow geeks and show off your bling and above all have a happy wintereenmus
Step 7: Further Ideas
You can also use the larger pieces to make a wider, chunkier bracelet, just remember to space them equally around so that the two (or more) threads wont come apart.
LEDs... yet another use for throwies perhaps??
Perhaps swap out a larger key for a memory stick/ flash drive so you can keep it handy and further level up your geek credentials. And a laser. And a minature spy camera. Perhaps even RFID tags....
If you need help on fitting a flash drive into your keys, popsci have a project for making it all nakey