Hot Glue USB Flash Drive

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Intro: Hot Glue USB Flash Drive

Take a Standard USB Flashdrive, and cover it in hot glue for a unique clear case.

Step 1: Aquire a USB Flashdrive

You need to buy a flashdrive that is not retractable. These kind have move-able parts, and just make it harder. Any kind of any capacity will work. The final size is usually very close to the original.

Step 2: Remove the Casing

Remove the case by cracking it open, if necessary, breaking it. If there is visibly a crevice around the drive where it snaps shut, take a blade and put it in. Twist the blade and the case should open. If this does not work, or there is no crevice, insert a knife into the area surrounding the USB plug. However, there is a chance if it goes in to far, it could damage the drive. Try to put it in as little as possible. If there are any stickers on the circuit board, carefully remove them.

There are different colored circuit boards depending on the manufacturer. The most common colors of the circuit board are Red, Green, and Blue.

Step 3: Cover USB Drive in Hot Glue

Lay down Parchment Paper on your work surface. DO NOT use anything else. (This includes Aluminum Foil and Wax Paper.) Choose which side of the Circuit board looks better, and start with this side. Cover the drive with hot glue completely, but make sure you don't go to far over the USB connector. Feather the edges or make it completely square. Wait for it to dry. AT LEAST 10 minutes.

After the glue is dry, pick up the drive and turn it over. Take the hot glue and cover that side. Try to get it as close to the edges of the other layer as possible. If necessary, you can shave the edges with a razor blade to match them up. If you shave too much, the edges will look dull and flat. You can run the edges of the drive over the tip of the glue gun to melt them and make them shiny again. Note that this will add a slight lip to the edges.

Step 4: Plug It in and Load It Up

A nice benefit of the Hot Glue case is the entire thing lights up when plugged in. Load the drive with your documents and favorite portable Apps. http://portableapps.com/

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    44 Discussions

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    Gorilla22

    2 years ago

    Why not aluminium foil or wax paper?

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    whosdadog

    Reply 6 years ago on Step 3

    No idea. Try it and find out.

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    acabrera7whosdadog

    Reply 6 years ago on Step 3

    ok i'll try. I was just wondering whether parchmet paper is the same as baking paper...

    If parchment paper is Oven proof, such as for cooking, then baking paper will work too. as the baking has the same effect.

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    acabrera7

    6 years ago on Introduction

    THIS IS PERFECT!!!!! EXACTLY what i need from those crappy cases, which they don't exactly protect them, because the hub is more exposed make it easier to bend...

    AND THIS METHOD WILL STABILISE THE BENT USB PROBLEM!!!! YAY!!!

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    KwartzKitten

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the instructable! This was just what I needed to jazz up an old flash drive. I even took some wire and put a loop in the end of the glue so that I can attach it to a keychain or something so I won't loose it! Because that's a problem with me...

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    dexdude97BRUL

    Reply 7 years ago on Step 3

    Hey! If you wanted, you could paint it what ever color you want!

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    dexdude97

    7 years ago on Introduction

    You could also just use scissors to shape it the way you want.

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    BRUL

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I have exactly the same usb flash drive :)
    I'm not sure I'll give it a try, it's kind of undoable XD

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    whosdadogfireruler12

    Reply 8 years ago on Step 3

    Why do you need a cap? If you must have one, I think shapelock (low melting temp plastic) would work great. I never cap my drives. They just don't seem to need it. Anytime they get dirty, i just blow on them, or compressed air if they really need it.

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    whosdadogjessejwk

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Last I checked hot glue isn't/hasn't/wont be electrically conductive for any reason.