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Picture of Creating a Key Pendant With Tinkercad

Before I start this Instructable, I should mention that this is just my process. You’ll inevitably come up with your own process and will probably decide a lot of the things I’m doing or suggesting aren’t for you. The important thing if you’ve never used Tinkercad before is to be patient with yourself. Working in 3D takes a little bit of getting used to and being able to move fast in 3D takes a little bit of time. The best way to get faster is to keep challenging yourself with little projects on a regular basis.

Step 1: ​Why Keys?

Picture of ​Why Keys?

For such a relatively simple shape a key can have a lot of meaning. Opening, closing, secrets, knowledge, power, these are all reasons you might want to wear a key around your neck or give a key necklace as a gift. I collect antique keys, and I have several of the Locke & Key keys made by Skelton Crew Studio (these keys also serve as great inspiration). Some of my favorite book and movie props have been keys. There are several keys in Return to Oz. The winged keys in Harry Potter. Lin’s eponymous key in Tone Almhjell’s The Twistrose Key. and the list goes on and on. For real world examples, I love to look at the keys in the British Museum’s collection. The key I'll make in this Instructable feels a lot like the dwarven key to Erebor in The Hobbit.

A Quick Word About Tinkercad

I’m a firm believer that you can create anything you can imagine with Tinkercad. If you’ve never used it, after setting up your free account at http://www.tinkercad.com make sure you run through the Starters and the Lessons. There are also a ton of fun idea-sparkers in their Projects area. (Even some jewelry ideas!)

(Key part diagram by Fred the Oyster [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons.)

I just love old keys! This is such a great idea to 3D print them, I'm going to have to give it a try :D
curiousgood (author)  Penolopy Bulnick4 months ago
LOL! I just clicked over to your pages. You've definitely done one or two Tinkercad tutorials before! I love the rupees.
Thank you :) I've been using Tinkercad for a while, but still feel like there is a lot more I can learn to do with it, especially the Codeblocks.
curiousgood (author)  Penolopy Bulnick4 months ago
Let me know if you have any problems. Although this is my first Tinkercad tutorial, I use Tinkercad at our makerspace as the go-to starting point for aspiring 3D designers.