How to make Resin Keycaps

How to make Resin Keycaps

Are you an art lover and want to enhance your creativity? Then you are in the right place. Here you will learn tips about a very different idea. Let’s start with crafting keycaps of your own! For that, you can use Resin; A somewhat gummy type of plastic used for molds because of its properties. You can even mix colors, glitter, and some other materials to add with casting Resin to give it color and enhance the looks of your creation even more. So, this article will help you know How to make Resin Keycaps?

So let’s have a look:

How to make Epoxy Resin Keycaps?

Now I will tell you about a fantastic method of making Epoxy resin keycaps.

Epoxy is a self-hardening clay. You will mix two parts in liquid Resin, and then the chemical reaction will occur. And after 24 hours, the clay will get harder; you don’t need the oven to make it harder. And you can use epoxy for making keycaps.

So if you are thinking about How to make Resin keycaps? Then you can have another option now for creating beautiful and durable keycaps for your use.

Steps for making Epoxy Resin keycaps:

You cannot easily make epoxy resin keycaps, but you can follow these steps so that you will be able to get the best results.

  • Step 1: 

First of all, you must gather the material like a mask for protection, mica powder in little quantity of color, A and B Epoxy resin, 3D molds for keycaps.

  • Step 2: 

Add two parts of A and B epoxy and mix it slowly for 5 minutes. Then gradually pour Resin in it, fill it to the top, and add it to the mold.

  • Step 3: 

Now you will decorate it by using mica powder. You can also use custom molds and stickers for this purpose. 

  • Step 4: 

As Resin is sensitive material, be careful when using it. The room temperature should be 25-30 degrees. Could you keep it safe for 1.5 days? In this period, mold will get hardened.

How to make Artisan Resin Keycaps?

When you think about How to make keycaps? Then you can have several ways to do so, and you can make Artisan keycaps for this purpose.

Suppose you know about custom mechanical keyboards. Then you should also know about Artisan’s Keycaps. Firstly, you need a keyboard with the help of a custom keyboard. You can convert your keyboard to Artisan by picking up the keycaps and converting them to something you want to display your character to the people.

Steps for creating an Artisan KeyCap:

There are some steps involved in creating an Artisan keycap. So you should do this activity step by step. By following these steps, you can make perfect keycaps.

  • Step 1: 

Start with an idea, and then draw some sketches of what you want to have. You can also take help from different software in this regard.

  • Step 2: 

Make a plan about your keycap, then refine your sketch to convert it into an Artisan key cap. you should plan the colors for your final keycaps at this stage.

  • Step 3: 

 The essential and most extended step for making Artisan keycaps is that you should have enough knowledge about 3D printing and CAD to create refined and beautiful sculptures.

  • Step 4: 

You can use silicon for making a single keycap. Once you make a mold, you will make several caps.

  • Step 5: 

In the next step, you will refine keycaps and finalize your design. Keycaps can be made with clay or Resin, but take safety measures because it is toxic and can be harmful when using Resin.

 What is Dye Sub Keycaps?

Dye Sub Keycaps means Dye-sublimation printing. It is a computer printing method that transfers dye onto materials like plastic, card, paper, or fabric. This method is also used for keycaps printing. It is the longest-lasting and durable method. And prints transferred through this method can last for a long time duration. 

Dye Sub Keycaps:

As you know that this method is about sublimating prints on keycaps, Dye-Sub Keycaps are made by printing the legends onto the keycap. If you are planning to make Dye Sub Keycaps, keep in mind the color of the dye-sub code must be darker than the keycaps. In Dye Sub Keycaps, you can transfer the print to keycaps by heat transfer. The images transmitted by the keycaps by this method are permanent. They will remain on keycaps for an extended period. So what you are going to do is:

Steps for making Dye Sub keycaps:

  • Step1:

Firstly, print dots with the help of dye sublimation ink and a sublimation printer. Sublimation ink used for this purpose should be of very high quality.

  • Step 2:

Once you have the high-quality prints, then the next thing you do is center them on PBT keycaps.

Tape them on your keycaps.

  • Step 3:

Please put them in the heat press. The machine heats the keycaps at 400F for the time related to pressure. Let them cool. Your keycaps are ready now.

Custom Dye Sub Keycaps:

Another exciting method for making dye keycaps is Custom Dye Sub keycaps. You will love making your keycaps by this method.

This method can be followed to make keycaps; it is the cheapest method. Let’s check how you can create custom sub keycaps you need, a heat press machine, heat resistant tape, block of silicone. There is sublimation ink and paper, blank PTB keycaps, and a small quick grip. 

Steps for creating Custom Dye-sub keycaps:

  • Step 1:

Firstly, print your icons using sublimation paper. Sublimation will be done through the dye-sublimation printer. 

  • Step 2:

Then cut out your icons, tape the print on keycaps, set the flat iron to 230 degrees for one minute. 

  • Step 3:

Then put the keycaps in the heat press machine and set the machine on for 1 minute 30 seconds.

 And your keycaps are ready now take the keycaps out. let them cool at room temperature.

DIY Dye Sub Keycaps:

It is another method of making sublimated keycaps. It’s fun making keycaps through this method. This method is not very complicated, and on the other hand, it’s low cost.

You will also like keycaps made by the DIY dye sub method. If you want to use this method for creating keycaps, then you should follow these steps:

Steps for making DIY Sub Keycaps:

  • Step 1:

First, you should print using a sublimation printer and dye sublimation ink.

  • Step 2:

The print should be of 32×18 mm rectangular design on sublimation paper.

  • Step 3:

Then preheat the heat press machine at 220 C. then, place the keycaps in the device, and the design pasted on it for 1minuit and 30 seconds.

  • Step 4:

Then take out printed keycaps from the machine. And let them cool. Your keycaps are ready. Now enjoy using them.

PBT Dye Sub Keycaps:

There is another fantastic way to make keycaps. It is called PTB dye-sublimated keycaps. In this method, a laser engraved the legend on dye-sublimated keycaps. And this procedure will make the codes more prominent. This method can only be used for PTB keycaps. It would be best if you dyed these keycaps in dark colors. PTB stands for polybutylene Terephthalate. which is a very long-lasting material. These keycaps will shine. And are they more heat resistant than ABS

HK Gaming Dye-Sub Keycaps: 

These keycaps are best when you use them for gaming purposes. As different types of keycaps can be seen in the market. Like pudding, keycaps give you a shiny look with passage of light.

In HK, Sub keycaps prints are transferred to the keycaps made with thick PBT material. HK gaming Dye Sub Keycaps make you feel good when you use them for gaming purposes, and people usually feel easy to use these keycaps as these keycaps are made with PBT material that is textured and durable. The most popular gaming set of keycaps is HK sub-gaming keycaps. You can purchase these keycaps at a meager price.

Final words

So if you are planning about making your keycaps and thinking about How to make resin keycaps?

Then you should follow these suggestions and tips. And I hope you will be able to make your keycaps. So go ahead and bring the material for making your keycaps. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What Resin do you use to make keycaps?

It would help if you used smooth cast 327 10-20 minutes. It has 10-20 minutes’ pot life and 2/4 hours’ cure because it is reliable and long-lasting.

Can you print on keycaps?

Screen printing is the technology that is used in printing keycaps. It is the same as pad printing. You can also print many colors by using it. And if you want to make the letters more long-lasting, you should add UV coating.

Why is my Resin yellow?

Epoxy resin turns yellow because of high temperature. Water and UV light can change epoxy’s color from transparent to yellow. And it will also get hard.


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By Marwa

Marwa is a young entrepreneur and an aspiring writer. She has graduated with a management degree, but loves crafting, printing, and creating stickers. Besides that, you can find her binge-watching movies and netflix series.


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