Magnetic Key Holder

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About: I'm an Industrial Designer. I've always had an interest in building things. I believe it's important for designers to be in touch with their materials and how to construct and manufacture the products they c...

I did this keyholder initially as a birthday present for a friend, but I really liked the design so I ended up making one for myself. The design is based on a magnetic connection between a small magnet hidden behind the wall-mounted plate and a steel ball attached to a triangiular acrylic keychain. The design works with very basic geometries, and I wanted to enhance the mysterious nature of the magnetic connection in the expression of the holder.
I experimented with some variations of the textures of the acrylic, leaving one plate smooth and glossy, and another "brushed" or "frosted". I personally prefere the latter as it is more smudge-resistant and has more "character".
The space between the acrylic plate and the wall is intended to give the holder a more light or floating look, but also works for hangin headphones (another item I used to constantly misplace).

If anyone is interested, I'll be glad to make an instructable for this :) just let me know in the comments

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    cmuberti

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I've been wanting one of these for a while. Even better to be able to make it myself!

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    KLEPTOBISMAL

    9 years ago on Introduction

    You definitely should make this into an instructable. I would make this for sure!

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    Flarkxwhyandz

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Alright. I will look into posting an instructable for this within a couple of weeks :)

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    Flark

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Maybe a super electromagnet with a hidden switch that you have to turn off before you can grab your keys could solve that :p. I've always wanted to build a superelectromagnet