Introduction: Make a Copy of the Key From a Photo

About: Innovative Projects, Diy's, Life Hacks

In this Instructable, I tried to copy a key by taking a photo of it.

Before you say anything, I am aware that there are apps to scan keys and on-line services & kiosks where you can print them out.

Step 1: Take a Photo

I put the key on my gym's old membership card.

Reason for that - it's the same size as the credit card.

Then I took a few photos of the key.

Step 2: Edit the Photo

I found a credit card's template for the photoshop.

I cropped the photo and dragged it on top of the template.

Then, I copied the photo to a new a4 size document and made a few copies.

Now I had a perfect size key, ready to be printed on a label paper.

Step 3: Stick the Label on a Blank Key

I cut out the label and stuck it on a blank key.

Step 4: Paint the Exposed Metal

I used black nail polish to paint exposed parts of the key.

Before nail polish was completely dry, I removed the label.

Step 5: Grind the Marked Part of the Key

I put the key in a vice and used different files to grind the marked metal.

Key did not work with the first time. I had to make little adjustments. I made those adjustment without the vice, just by holding the key and grinding it with a file.

After a few tries, I was able to unlock the padlock with a key that was copied from a photo.

Never post a photo of your keys in social media sites.