*No functioning Gameboys were harmed in the making of this Instructable*
I decided to make a wallet out of a couple of broken Gameboy Pockets that were beyond repair.
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- Gameboy Pocket, please only use broken ones!
- Some fabric of your choice, about the size of a piece of computer paper
- 2 x 9 volt battery connectors
- Super Glue
- Small piece of foam
- Tri-wing screwdriver or the maybe a mini flat head, more on that in the next step
- Sewing Gear
- Dremel with sanding/cutting bits
- Small drill bit, I used 1/16
Step 1: Disassembly
To first disassemble you will need to get a tri-wing screwdriver or get lucky with the perfect sized flat head that fits into two of the three slots provided. See image one and two.
- Start by removing the six tri wing screws on the back, two are under the battery cover.
- Next three small phillips screws hold the motherboard in place.
- Disconnect the ribbon cables.
- Remove the main board by lifting up.
- Slightly pry up up on the screen to remove it.
- Remove the buttons and the On/Off switch but save them for later. The rubber squishy contacts that are behind the buttons can be discarded.
Step 2: Free Up Some Interior Space
In order to have enough room for your cards and stacks of cash you will need to flatten out the inside of the Gameboy.
- Dremel and cut out the high ridges in side the Gameboy. Compare the yellow and red cases to see where the cutting should be done. Trimming down the buttons also allows for slightly more room inside the case.
- Glue the buttons into place with epoxy or super glue.
- Go over the glued assembly and double check for any spots the could be to high and cause issues down the line.
Step 3: Locking Mechanism
To keep the wallet from opening two 9-volt battery connections can be used as snaps.
- Take two 9-volt battery connections and cut them in half.
- Glue the one half of the connection to the interior corner of the case.
- Once the glue has set attach the connections together, this allows you to line up where the other connection should be glued to.
- Once the other end is precisely lined up glue it in place.
Step 4: The Hinge
The two plastic halves have to be connected by a hinge. I came up with a solution inspired by book binding.
- First drill 4-5 holes on each side of the case where the hinge will go. Make sure that the holes on either end of the case line up when the unit is closed.
- Stitch the hinge together. Make several passes to make sure it will last.
- Putting some wraps perpendicular to the stitching can help to pull it tighter if needed.
Step 5: Lining and Pocket
For the lining of the wallet take a fabric of your choice for the interior.
- Cut out two pieces to 3.25'' by 9.75''. Cut one of the pieces in half.
- Glue the two parts of the piece you cut in half to the case. I left a edge without glue near the screen, this way I can slide different things in and out.
- Glue or stitch the remaining piece of fabric to the form a pocket.
Step 6: Battery Pocket
The Battery pocket can be modified to be a storage spot for earplugs or any medication you might have to take later in the day.
- Remove the connections for the batteries.
- Carve out a hole for credit cards to come through part way.
- Fill holes with a piece of foam to keep your items in the storage space.
Step 7: Locking the Card in Place
To keep the cards from slipping out I used a piece of foam to keep them under pressure.
- Cut a piece of 1/8'' foam to 3.25'' to 2.25''.
- Fold the foam in half and insert into the cartridge slot like you would a game.
- Insert cards!
- Done! Go use your wallet and receive high fives from people who get it and think it's rad!