We have all seen plenty of cool keychains, lanyards, and a multitude of ways to carry your keys around. However, I stumbled upon a great KeyCHAIN option at DesignBoom. The idea is perfect for those people who want to minimize the amount of items that they carry in their pockets; in this particular instance, their keys!
To start your awesome KeyCHAIN you will want to grab some keys to test on (before you accidentally ruin one of your real keys. Take your key, lop off the large end that ties to your keychain, and then drill a hole on the key at the opposite side of the key that gets inserted in the lock. Your key should look something like this:
Adding the Keys
Now it is time to add the keys to the CHAIN. You are going to need a few items to make this work.
- You will need a Chain Repair Tool. You can pick one up on Amazon for under $5. Sodial makes a great one you can find here.
- Chain. You can get some really cool looking chain on Amazon, but I like this KMC Chain – it runs about $10 on Amazon.
Now that you have all your materials, it is time to start. You will simply remove a chain link, add that key and then insert the chain pin back in for each of the keys you want to put on this CHAIN.
The fun part is that you can add as many keys or as few as you want. Also, you can add numerous links between each key if you would like. Ultimately the sky is the limit for this project!
Some things to consider
There are a few caveats or items to consider before you start down this road of altering your keys.
- Some keys shouldn’t be cut. There are certain keys, especially for cars, that require special transponders, RFID tags, and many more safety features. These keys cannot be cut and still work. Please be sure to carefully look over your keys before cutting them. Some keys can cost a hundred dollars or more to replace – so it is better to be safe than sorry in this case!
You can ruin your keys. I mentioned this before, but I want to really drive this home. Be careful when you cut your keys. Practice and get really good before you take the dive and try on your real keys. You can even go to Home Depot and get some blanks fairly cheap to practice on. Regardless, be careful – don’t ruin your keys!
Have fun! This can be a really cool project, and if you have enough extra chain you could also do this for your friends (and possibly charge a small fee for materials and time)!