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Author Topic: Help: Parts for a USB memory stick  (Read 955 times)
Ezra Hogbin
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« on: November 02, 2012, 11:44:20 am »

I'm thinking of modding a USB memory stick for my son.
I have some ideas using 22mm copper pipe with brass screw type fittings, and also adding some fake small pipes ( using 2.5mm copper wire soldered on). But, I'd like to add  a "window" with some cogs visible inside. I have an old chinese pocket watch which will supply the cogs, but where can I get a small enough shaped piece of glass?
I've seen USB sticks on here with this done, but can't think where to buy these parts.

Any tips or suggestions gratefuly received.  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2012, 12:21:53 pm »

From what I remember,the glass that was used was made to fit by cutting and sanding carefully.
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2012, 02:31:05 pm »

You could use plastic. Just remember to polish the living bamboozle out of it.
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Mr. Boltneck
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2012, 03:56:35 pm »

Watch glass?
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2012, 04:32:12 pm »

Watch glass is to big in diameter. Unless you cut and sand.
Perhaps Will Rockwell would know the answer. I think he has used clear plastic buttons or cabochons before.
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2012, 09:36:37 pm »

I believe Mr Culligan of http://www.thesteamworkshop.com/ uses automotive lamps and possibly test tubes.
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Wilhelm Smydle
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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2012, 12:03:19 am »

Take your jewelers saw to some plastic.
My welding shop has some thin shields that protect the lens on a welding mask.
I have used plastic cases from ticktacs but plastic scratch and take on a frosted look.
You could also try some epoxy like envirotex.
Mica would have a great look but USB drives often take a bit of abuse in pockets and keychain.
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Ezra Hogbin
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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2012, 11:54:10 am »

Thanks for the good ideas!
I had kind of resigned myself to cutting something down to size, but I had hoped......

Now to start drawing up some ideas  Undecided
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