Introduction: Key-man

About: Former technics and arts and crafts teacher at a school for mentally disabled young adults.

Keyman made of computerkeys.
You will need: computerkeys, a key ring, some string, all purpose glue, a pair of scissers, little piece of cardboard 2 mm thick. needle 

Step 1:

Remove computerkeys from an old keyboard. Cut off protruding triangles with all purpose scissors. You can smoothen te underside of the key with a piece of sandingpaper if neccesary. You will need 16 square keys, 2 long (matching) keys for the body, 2 rectangular keys (matching) for the head. It would be wise to perform steps 1 and 2 for all keys, before going on.

Step 2:

Slot a small piece of cardboard in the center. Glue with all purpuse glue

Step 3:

Make a slipknot in a piece of string

Step 4:

Tie the piece of string round the piece of cardboard

Step 5:

Glue the second half of the head with all purpose glue. This second half should slot tight over the piece of cardboard

Step 6:

Attach a second piece of string just below the head

Step 7:

Find a long key for the body. Repeat steps 1 and 2. Arrange the strings as the photo shows.

Step 8:

Glue the second half of the body on to the first.  Make sure the strings remain in the right place

Step 9:

Add square keys to form arms and legs. Follow the first and second step of this instructable for each key. You will need 16 keys.

Step 10:

With a hot needle you can melt two little holes in the top corner of the head and attach the piece of keychain through those holes.
I put a piece of duct tape round the needle to prevent burning my fingers.

Now you are the owner of an original key-man. Enjoy!

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    i like that. i have many alos keyboard fail. this is good i dea for me. thank you


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I also (very unlike me - I am very suspicious of spam. Many posts by just-joined accounts is unfortunately spam) had a look at your homepage and you have some really nice recycle-projects, especially i like the crow made of biketires - even if I don't read dutch very well (as in barely read it at all :)

    I look forward to seeing more of this stuff from you.

    Ruud van Koningsbrugge
    Ruud van Koningsbrugge

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Dear mh76dk,

    Thanks for visiting my website. The inner-tube crow will be my next project on instructables. Stay tuned!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    And if you have enough old keyboards, make a whole key-family and possibly their key-pets :-)

    I likey :-)