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The "halfway-finished" photo of my construction
The finished keyboard - laser etched keys, oil rubbed bronze rings, and a slow drip of clear epoxy to create the glass bubble-like effect of the keys
Top down view of the half-complete design
The finished keyboard - laser etched keys, oil rubbed bronze rings, and a slow drip of clear epoxy to create the glass bubble-like effect fo the keys
Close-up of the laser etched keys. Slight "nerding-out" with the caps lock
The new delete button; nostalgia for all of those lucky enough to grow up with Kid Pix
This photo shows the new volume up, down, and mute buttons, as well as the new eject symbol
A single bronze ring and wood piece before being secured onto the keyboard
Gluing together the new wood case
A matching usb drive - carved oak top and I painted the usb with a oil rubbed bronze finish
The original keyboard sans the ugly clear plastic case
The iMac and its original case
The laser cut symbol and bronze ring before being wedged and glued together
Cleaning up the etched keys before placing into rings and dripping the clear epoxy over them
After removing that clear case, I hand painted that oil rubbed bronze finish onto the existing keyboard housing
I took each key into a small vice and dremeled off each "skirt" before gluing to the wood keys
Oak iMac Mod

Using oak and bronze, I am fashioning a removable new case, for my old 2006 iMac. The iMac keyboard has lost its tacky, clear shell and now consists of oil-rubbed bronze rings and oak. Giving it a typewriter-like feel. It has been a way to refresh this aging, but beautiful product.

These are still in progress photos. The bronze frame to the monitor is still being constructed.

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Stephen Diebold
Industrial Designer San Francisco, CA