Artisan keycaps, Explained
> WHAT THE HELL ARE THESE THINGS? <
If you've dipped your toes in the world of mechanical keyboards, you've probably noticed that all the boards are pretty...different.
Mechanical keyboard switches give you the ability to remove each individual keycap and replace it with another. This opens up the possibilities for changing your entire keycap set to match a certain color theme, or to upgrade to a thicker or more textured/smooth plastic. Changing your keys can improve ergonomics, noise, etc.
In the end, it's all about feeling, sound, and aesthetic.
I take it a step further by hand-sculpting, casting, and finishing keycaps in small batches in order to create something truly unique and special for your keyboard.
Plus, you can show it off to people at the office and they'll wonder if you've lost your damn mind.
> How do you make them? <
All of my work starts with a piece of clay, generally Super Sculpey Firm or Monster Clay.
Lots of time and attention is required, plus a bit of imagination.
Once the design is sculpted, I create production molds using high quality, platinum cure silicone rubber.
These molds allow me to work with thermoset plastics in order to create extremely durable keycaps that capture all of the detail of the master sculpt.
With these tools, I can create endless variations of color to match any keyboard, keyset, or personal preference that you might have.
These are not injection-molded, or stamped out in a factory.
Each keycap is made by hand from start to finish, and the quality speaks for itself.
Due to the time-consuming nature of this craft, I sell the keys in small batches to ensure that the keys are the best they can be.
Each one is guaranteed to distance you from your family and friends, as well as your kid's college fund.