Copy Your Keys With SUGRU

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Introduction: Copy Your Keys With SUGRU

Lost a key & want to -make- a new one? Use SUGRU to shape a key with Epoxy.

Step 1: Prepare the Key

Step 2: Use a Holder

Step 3: Insert the SUGRU in the Holder

Step 4: Put the Key in the SUGRU

Step 5: Press the SUGRU So the Key Will Be Formed

Step 6: Add Epoxy Too the Key

Step 7: Use the Malls to Insert Epoxy

Step 8: Wait for 10 Minutes & You Have Made Yourself a New Key!

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    53 Discussions

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    dflynn5
    dflynn5

    4 years ago

    First useful instructable on Sugru I have seen. Thanks for sharing.

    Does anyone know if there's a way to request an instructable be removed?

    This one is at the top of my list.

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    Solko
    Solko

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    think about a flag...

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    Breezy58
    Breezy58

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Pay the $2 for a double-sided key at your Home Center. Much cheaper to make a few spares. Safer,too. I imagine that epoxy dust(from the grinding action) would get into the cylinder.I agree that this was a 'secret ad'.

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    bkotlins
    bkotlins

    5 years ago

    This is a Sugru ad. Every instructible KoenA1 has done is a quicky Sugru "project".

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    ralenti
    ralenti

    5 years ago on Introduction

    This isn't a very good or clever instructable. I would've liked to see the finished product instead of a stock photo. Also, how did you attach the epoxy key to a handle? Does it last for more than a few uses? I imagine the teeth would be worn down by the cylinders, filling the lock with epoxy filings.

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    Syd0the0kid
    Syd0the0kid

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Do you have a photo of the finished key made of epoxy? The one here looks like a stock photo and I'm interested in know how well the copy works compared to the original. My car key cost $135 a piece and it would be nice to have an emergency copy in my wallet.

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    AJMansfield
    AJMansfield

    Reply 5 years ago

    This probably wouldn't work for your car keys. Expensive car keys are expenses because of a special transponder microchip in the base of the key, not because of the physical metal key. So while you could make a key that could open the doors and such, that key would be unable to actually turn the car on.

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    tony114445
    tony114445

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I got keys coppied last week for less than a dollar a piece... is this really worth it?

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    AJMansfield
    AJMansfield

    Reply 5 years ago

    Some keys are more expensive. While typical house keys (such as C or KW1 types) are cheap, there are some types of keys, such as those for dimple locks, that are much more expensive. Also, some keys have special control measures against copying them: if you took one of those to a locksmith, you would also need to present a legal document authorizing copies before he could legally duplicate the key.

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    Catley
    Catley

    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is interesting, but to me, one of the most puzzling things is how you get a top on the new key.

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    jmcdonald23
    jmcdonald23

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Good idea but not something you want to try with epoxy. Also this can easily be used for criminal activity, ie grab someone's safety deposit key, safe key, etc and make a copy and then when they ain't around the criminal can break into the locked enclosure and steal whatever is there. I'd rather goto a locksmith or key copy place and have my key copied rather and experimenting with epoxy which can easily break off into the lock and then you are going to have an expensive repair bill to get it out.

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    rpotts2
    rpotts2

    Reply 5 years ago

    use the epoxy copy as the "original" in a key copying machine?

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    jmcdonald23
    jmcdonald23

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Whats the point in doing that if you still have the original? Making the epoxy key serves no purpose in my opinion.

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    daxxvondrachen
    daxxvondrachen

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    LMAO!!!! Again another trouble maker thinking and using reason

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    jmcdonald23
    jmcdonald23

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Not a troublemaker, just someone who sees this as if its easy for you to make then its even easier for a criminal to do. This way of making a key costs about $20 roughly whereas taking your key to a locksmith to have a copy made using a real key blank so that you have a spare will only run you about $5.

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    mikecz
    mikecz

    5 years ago on Introduction

    This seems an incredibly complicated way to make a non-metal key. When I retired 2 years ago after owning a hardware store for 30 years, I was charging $1.99 (US) to make a simple single cut key, as shown in step 4. This would be a nickle plated brass key and I guaranteed it to work! We cut 16,000 to 18,000 keys a year in our little store and 99 point something-something % of them worked! We could almost always make good working copies from broken keys, too. Why not just have your locally owned hardware guy make your keys?

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    Battlespeed
    Battlespeed

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I can't figure out why people use the very expensive Sugru for mold-making when there are so many excellent cheaper alternatives.