Ipod Engraving, on the Cheapo...




Disclaimer: This is my very first instructable. It might be crappy and if it is, please bear with me and leave me a wee bit of constructive criticism. Oh yeah i am also not responsible when you screw up your own iPod.

so im jealous of the back of new zunes, right who isnt?

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Step 1: Materials!!

-A sharp mind and body. ie. dont try this after drinking a whole spike energy drink or after six shots of tequelia maybe
-An iPod with a shiny back, maybe one with a matte back?
-A xacto knife
-Tape, most kinds will do, yep this mandatory
- felt tip pen, but not permanent marker

Step 2: Drawing

Draw directly onto the ipod with your felt tip. try not to make things too complicated

Step 3: Tape

I can hear you say why tape?

well there are two reasons,
-Stability, No-slip, cause stray X-acto scratches are bad.
-good to know where you already cut

and for the image i am not actually engraving boob! it is just for tutorial purposes.

Step 4: SliceCut

Start cutting. a few tips.
-maintain even pressure through out the word unless using advanced technique
-get it right the first time
-Paitence is key

one interesting idea is to just remove the letter pecies of tape and use sandpaper, steel wool or scotchbrite pads to brushfinish the letters

Step 5: Results.

Yes! This looks great in person. i think this will be a great anti-theft feature. and it is quite stylish at the same time

I also made that case, but thats another instructable...

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    23 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    when u buy a ipod they can engrave it for FREE. and u can send ur ipod to them wow life is so hard isnt it?

    7 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Just go to the fricken ipod store and get it ingraved its free. and it has all the same sized font


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     hey be quiet why dont you? dont be so hard on people. Why dont you try being more creative and think of some tips to say not mean things


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    well id rather not have chicken scatch on my ipod when i can have someone do it very nicely.

    maybe you should find some sort of stencil because your handwriting isn't really good


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Cool! I would prefer better pictures, but I get the idea, this is cool! I might try it on my iPod video that is basically broken. ;-( But it turns on and stuff. The battery is screwed up. It only charges, and it won't let me upload songs. Oh well. Nice job!

    2 replies

    hey were are u from, because I been looking to buy an ipod to replace my ipod video screen and hardrive. How much would you sell it for?, just to let you know im 14 and dnt have a credit card


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks. i wish the pictures were better too. i took these con a camera phone, i did the best i could


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I guess you could do it better if you cut the letters on those sticky papers and stick it to the chrome part of the ipod, then remove the letters (like a stencil)(leaving the name), and then gently sand inside the sticky paper (that's the letters) And there you go, a really cheapo sanded (now with name) Ipod hehe...

    You've ruined your poor, poor iPod! I wouldn't quit the day job if I were you... A five-year-old could write neater.