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Two New Keychains! LED and Silent by Atrere Two New Keychains! LED and Silent :iconatrere:Atrere 1 0 The Chyron Max, or :The Self-Defense Keyboard by Atrere The Chyron Max, or :The Self-Defense Keyboard :iconatrere:Atrere 1 0 The Aviation Gaming Headset by Atrere The Aviation Gaming Headset :iconatrere:Atrere 0 1 The IBM Model F Custom: The Penultimate Keyboard by Atrere The IBM Model F Custom: The Penultimate Keyboard :iconatrere:Atrere 0 0 The 60% Typewriter Custom by Atrere The 60% Typewriter Custom :iconatrere:Atrere 1 0 The 60% Creamsicle Custom by Atrere The 60% Creamsicle Custom :iconatrere:Atrere 0 0 IBM Model F Key-Chain by Atrere IBM Model F Key-Chain :iconatrere:Atrere 0 0 Alps SKCM White Key-Chain by Atrere Alps SKCM White Key-Chain :iconatrere:Atrere 0 0 Alps SKCM Black Key-Chain by Atrere Alps SKCM Black Key-Chain :iconatrere:Atrere 0 0 Cherry MX Blue Key-Chain by Atrere Cherry MX Blue Key-Chain :iconatrere:Atrere 0 0

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Two New Keychains! LED and Silent
I’ve begun manufacturing two new keychains! On the left, we have a Razer Green keyswitch with two LEDs (one for the cap, one for the light-up, 3D printed base), powered by a watch battery.
On the right, we have something that was much-requested at conventions. For those who fidget at work or in school, it’s a Silent Clicky Keychain! Made from an old Apple keyboard, it uses rubber dampers to keep things quiet.
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Hey, guys! I've finally decided to update my DeviantArt account, instead of just operating out of Etsy (under the name of TheClickyArsenal).

I've been selling my wares at conventions for about a year now, and I've been expanding my line of products in order to meet demands and to just plain have even more fun making stuff. 
So, what do I make?

Well, The Clicky Arsenal started with just one thing: Clicky "Key"-Chains. Made from extra keyboard parts I had lying around from various personal projects, they made for excellent fidget toys and stress relievers, and they quickly found an audience. So I started picking up broken keyboards left and right, and before long, I had several different varieties of Key-chains. Next, at a convention in Buffalo, NY, someone noticed the custom keyboard I was typing on, and made some comment about how "Someone would pay good money for that", which sparked me to try whipping up a typewriter / dieselpunk - style keyboard for Anime Boston 2017. Sure, it wasn't anything fancy, and could be put together by anyone with enough know-how, but it got a lot of attention, and with two hours left in the convention, it sold!

So, that idea definitely worked.
With keyboards and key-chains in the arsenal, where was I to look next? A while back, I had picked up an old pair of chunky-looking, awesomely retro Pioneer headphones for cosplay purposes, but being about 40 years old, they sounded absolutely miserable. But it got me thinking - Beats by Dre are supposedly made from generic parts with a massive markup, so maybe I could get my hands on some of the drivers they use for them for a low price. And I did, and make some kickass headphones for myself... And it only took about ten seconds of thinking to realize I should sell refurbished retro headphones and headsets at my convention booths.

Now, I've picked up a 3d printer, and with it, the sky's the limit for things I could build and sell. Already it's resulted in a premium, light-up variant of the original Key-Chain, and being able to print baffles for refurbished headphones should massively increase sound quality. I'm also looking into producing Magic: The Gathering deckboxes and accessories with it, and, well, who knows what else?

Only time and conventions will tell.
The Chyron Max, or :The Self-Defense Keyboard
Along with customs, I also restore and sell old keyboards - especially ones like this, that were never intended to work on an IBM-compatible PC, let alone one in 2017.

The Chyron Max is 125-ish keys and 20lbs of steel and plastic, all routed through that tiny, tiny green circuit board you see there in the top right. Originally, it was used to produce television text graphics as a self-contained semi-computer, but now, you can use it for anything you'd like! The switches are Cherry MX Clears, which are firm, tactile, and fairly uncommon. They really make you feel like every keypress matters, and for such a heavily-built keyboard, I don't think anything else would do.

Originally, in that top-right spot, there was a floppy drive, and that's why this one is still in my possession. There's no room left on the inputs of that circuit board, but I swear I'm going to find a way to get a keyboard with a built-in floppy drive working. That's just far too hipster to NOT do.
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The Aviation Gaming Headset
Recently, I've expanded out beyond keyboard and typewriter-related shenanigans, and have started fooling around with personal audio systems.
This project, which is still in progress, is an old aviation headset, with the low-quality boom mic and tinny speakers replaced with surplus Beats Studio speakers and a gaming microphone, while retaining that old-school look. Additionally, this one has been refurbished to have gel earpads that attempt to create a complete seal with your head. The outside world will never interrupt your killstreaks.
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The IBM Model F Custom: The Penultimate Keyboard
This is one of my custom-made keyboards! Yes, I can and will make keyboards for clients, because sometimes you just need that hand-assembled, made by a picky expert touch. This one I made for myself, and it was... a bit of a quest.
And yes, "penultimate". The Ultimate Keyboard is still in the research and development phase, because it involves making a bunch of components do things they REALLY weren't made to do.

This is an IBM Model F: The keyboard that came with the original Personal Computer, and one of the best-feeling typing experiences in the world, miles better than even the IBM Model M that half the typing nerds round the world swear by. Through a Teensy Arduino controller, it was converted to interface through USB, but "usable and awesome" wasn't quite awesome enough for me. So I coated the case in matte black Plasti-Dip, converted keycaps from a 1975 typewriter, an Atari 800 numpad, some Cherry MX Signature Plastics keys, and an old Televideo terminal, and made this Frankenboard.
I love this damn thing.
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Scott
Artist | Hobbyist | Artisan Crafts
United States
Born in the ancient year of nineteen-hundred and eighty-eight, I was raised by fantasy novels, electronics before I ran away from home to join the travelling Science Faire.
Now I make stuff.
Hey, guys! I've finally decided to update my DeviantArt account, instead of just operating out of Etsy (under the name of TheClickyArsenal).

I've been selling my wares at conventions for about a year now, and I've been expanding my line of products in order to meet demands and to just plain have even more fun making stuff. 
So, what do I make?

Well, The Clicky Arsenal started with just one thing: Clicky "Key"-Chains. Made from extra keyboard parts I had lying around from various personal projects, they made for excellent fidget toys and stress relievers, and they quickly found an audience. So I started picking up broken keyboards left and right, and before long, I had several different varieties of Key-chains. Next, at a convention in Buffalo, NY, someone noticed the custom keyboard I was typing on, and made some comment about how "Someone would pay good money for that", which sparked me to try whipping up a typewriter / dieselpunk - style keyboard for Anime Boston 2017. Sure, it wasn't anything fancy, and could be put together by anyone with enough know-how, but it got a lot of attention, and with two hours left in the convention, it sold!

So, that idea definitely worked.
With keyboards and key-chains in the arsenal, where was I to look next? A while back, I had picked up an old pair of chunky-looking, awesomely retro Pioneer headphones for cosplay purposes, but being about 40 years old, they sounded absolutely miserable. But it got me thinking - Beats by Dre are supposedly made from generic parts with a massive markup, so maybe I could get my hands on some of the drivers they use for them for a low price. And I did, and make some kickass headphones for myself... And it only took about ten seconds of thinking to realize I should sell refurbished retro headphones and headsets at my convention booths.

Now, I've picked up a 3d printer, and with it, the sky's the limit for things I could build and sell. Already it's resulted in a premium, light-up variant of the original Key-Chain, and being able to print baffles for refurbished headphones should massively increase sound quality. I'm also looking into producing Magic: The Gathering deckboxes and accessories with it, and, well, who knows what else?

Only time and conventions will tell.

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