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A guide to how I made my casually looking thumb drive a case to make it resemble in a way a tube of tooth paste.
This is my first tutorial and all that.


Step 1: Tools and Supplies

Tools:
-STS (Some Though Scissors)
-A pair of Pliers
-A solder iron
-Sticky tape (the kind you wrap you sammiches with)
-Q-tips and toilet paper...

Supplies:
-A stripped down thumb drive to which you solder lead weirs to the LED (sorry, but did not include in tutorial).
-A tooth paste tube, one that is empty or near empty - your'e going to empty it out anyway.
-Some play-dough. Or any other non conductive goo-like material. Originally I wanted to fill the tube with cotton balls - you shouldn't consider that - it's wrong. 

Step 2: Get the Tooth Paste Tube Cleaned-up.

Unscrew the top, cut the upper part like in the picture ( there is a softer part and a hard part - cut in between)
  

Step 3: Cut a Hole for the LED

Cut out a small hole to thread the wire through in the bottom of the tube.

* Optional: cut a hole for a key chain.

Step 4: Wrap the Thumb Drive

Wrap it up in in something not conductive. Over it you should stick some goo, depending on the size of the tube

Step 5: Cut Out the Hole for the Drive to Stick Out

Cut it in the top portion (which we cut earlier).

I used a solder iron to melt the plastic. A dremel tool would be a better choise I guess.

Step 6: Make a Cap

Use the same method as before, to make a hole for the USB cap. I used the original cap - And just shoved it in the middle and glued it in place with scoth gel tap. Again it's up to you what you use, but I strongly suggest to use some other USB cap as your template for the hole or just use the cap  itself.  

Step 7: Last Assembly.

Try and shove the whole thing in and shut it all with the caps we made, you could use glue, I didn't feel the need to.

Last but not least - solder the LED. Shove it in as well.

Step 8: Fin.

Your done.

I added a key chain ring to have it with me all the time.


I would like to thank my lovely Girlfriend Hen for the photography. 

Cheers!

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    urtlesquirt

    7 years ago on Introduction

    not exactly. you diguise a usb drive so it looks like something inconspicious. in this case a tube of tooth paste.

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    P5ych

    7 years ago on Introduction

    It's a place to keep your love letters away from the headmaster? ;)