Altoids Case Made From Old IPod Shuffle

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About: I am a dedicated signage professional with over 25 years of experience and expertise earned working in literally every aspect of the sign industry, from design and production to installation, department mana...

As a graphic artist, I like to store extra x-acto blades in a steel container for safety. Altoids containers are the best....but then what do you do with the Altoids?

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Step 1: What You'll Need:

X-acto knife
Altoids
dead shuffle
pliers
glue (not pictured)

Step 2: Opening the Shuffle Case

Very carefully dig away the glue around the inside lip of the end plug.

for more details go here:
http://www.chipmunk.nl/ipod/ipodshuffle.html
or:
http://www.hackaday.com/entry/1234000700034044/

Step 3: Glue Batter Indicator Switch

If you remove the insides of the ipod, the battery life indicator switch button will fall out unless you glue it in place. I had to glue mine in after removing the all the guts, but maybe doing it first would be easier.

Step 4: Pop the Socket Out of the USB Cap

Pry the USB socket out of the end cap with an x-acto knife.

Step 5: Modifying the Cap

The next two steps are to make the cap resealable like a wine cork.
First cut two pieces from the rim of a styrofoam coffee cup. You want them to be the same length as the inside of the cap, and about 1/4" taller than the depth of the inside of the cap.

Step 6: Modifying the Cap_02

Glue the two pieces into the cap. I arranged mine so that the concave sides faced outward, to add some springiness the the seal. Be sure to use a water based glue, so you don't desolve the styrofoam.

Step 7: Fill With Altoids

If the glue is dry on the battery indicator switch button, you can fill your new holder with couriously strong breath mints.

Step 8: Replce the Cap

If the glue is dry on the cqp, you can now replce it.

http://www.societyofrobots.com/materials_styrofoam.shtml

Step 9: Finished

Now you're ready to go the mall and share the gift of fresh breath with all you friends, and show off your new stylish Altoids case.

here is the opposite of what I just did:
http://www.techmanifesto.com/archives/2005/08/17/altoids-ipod-shuffle-case/

see also:
http://shufflehacks.blogspot.com/

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    coolblue

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Trick question: Why would you like to ruin an iPod shuffle so you can put mints in it? A broken iPod shuffle can be sold on ebay or enywhere else:|

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    vov35coolblue

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    What do you mean ruin? this is the most functional apple product I've seen in my life.

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    didgitalpunk

    9 years ago on Step 8

    this is very nice! id like to do that with my ipod mini but its too big :{

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    mr.mallow

    12 years ago

    i think it could be dangerous..if you got mugged and the mugger stabbed you or broke ur arm..for a "shuffle" but really they just almost killed a guy for a few mints... just saying, dont brag lol

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    Sazumocyrozap

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Ha!, IKR?! You've just committed a felony for the sake of an cool looking altoids container... I guess even with containers, looks can kill right?

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    next step idea buy the newest ipod shuffle 3rd gen and put that some where in there

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    Sypran

    10 years ago on Introduction

    oh man i like it! its the oposite of what everyone does.