What is artisan keycaps (custom keycaps)?
Let’s go back to the beginning, to the origin of our core philosophy: artisanship. we will discover the depth of this word, to understand why it plays a vital role in everything we do.
And most importantly, in how we make artisan keycaps at Jelly Key.
With its other lexical forms, the word itself has an exciting use throughout the centuries, dating back to the Medieval Period. During such times, “artisan” was used to call those who made things or provided services with virtuosity; and with that being said, it’s not applied to unskilled manual workers. You can now take on board a long-established fact here; the term depicts an essential element to the context where we can use only when skill, creativity, expertise, or any other recognized values added to the items are shown. Generic efforts can’t be involved here as it requires no specialized training or ability to produce something.
Another subject to be taken into account when correctly reading the term lies in its human-centered principle. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, artisan means someone who does skilled work with their hands. And that is just one definition. The other four meanings all involve the particular part of working with hands, regardless of its different lexicon. This bit and the whole term altogether represent our core value as to create only exquisite handcrafting products for you – artisan keycaps.
Now we can add this to our world of Jelly Key, the place where you can find custom keycaps made with exceptional delicacy through our miracle artists’ hands. Our goal is not only to create protective covers for your mechanical keyboards but also to produce joy-filled artisan keycaps as a daily source of your creativity boost. If you’re going to be working, you might as well work with serious motivation, right? Where is the idea, where is the inspiration for you and us? You’d ask. The answer is, my dear, it is in everything around us.
How to make custom keycaps/custom resin keycaps
Today Jelly Key will show you how to make a custom keycap so that you can try creating one yourself! There are several steps you need to follow for the most optimal result of an artisan keycap.
In essence, making a custom keycap is about casting a resin mold and customizing it. Once you have an idea of what it should look like or which theme to take, create a sketch for it. This can help you plan the details more specifically and other design factors of your prototype. Next is sculpting the keycap, which can be done with clay or wax. Then you can go ahead and pour the resin into the mold with your sculpt. And that’s how you can make a custom keycap from scratch.
Just take it easy, learn from basics first and steadily challenge yourself with the harder design that’s worth your awesome creativity. You can also check out how Jelly Key makes custom resin keycaps in our latest collection here for detailed reference. Hope this helps!
Where to buy artisan keycaps
Check out the list below for the best websites to buy custom keycaps to satisfy your passion for these unique mechanical keyboard gears.
Amazon.com: Guess we don’t have to introduce Amazon as it’s always been the place to go if you want to anything online from anywhere. It mostly offers a wide variety of keycaps at a reasonable price from many sellers. If you’re looking for more advanced sets of keycaps, it’s also available but you may have to dig deeper in the site.
Overall, Amazon is a great option for those who need a simple keyboard touch-up or just start off their journey into the custom mechanical keyboard world.
MechanicalKeyboards: This website is the marketplace for mid-range keycaps, which means you can buy well-priced keycaps at a very decent quality. Many brands listed here already have a certain reputation on the artisan keycap market, such as GMK, Tai-hao, or Ducky, providing you with lots of options to choose from. Check out MechanicalKeyboards for a fresh upgrade to your keyboard that won’t cost you a whole fortune!
Mechgroupbuys: Just like the name suggests, Mechgroupbuys is the place for you to check on the latest groupbuys of custom keycaps from many quality sellers. It works as a tracking site of live group buys and information regarding restocks and keycap extras from vendors. This is an amazing choice for you to keep track of all the ongoing groupbuys without the hassle of opening tons of other websites that sell the keycaps you want to buy. Also, note that purchasing custom keycaps in groupbuys means you’ll have to wait for a certain amount of time before they can be delivered to your doorstep.
Jelly Key: Jelly Key sells our artisan keycaps that are purely made by hands and in various topics of creative concepts and daily life inspiration. Jelly Key’s custom keycaps are most usually purchased through groupbuys, but they’re also available in seasonal and limited editions that you can win by giveaways and other sale activities. Check out Jelly Key’s custom keycap collection here to get an exquisite touch to custom keycaps that you can enjoy for your mechanical keyboards.
How to customize keycaps
Customizing your keyboard can be hard at times as it takes skills to do it yourself and money to buy it from others. Still, these are the 2 ways for you to upgrade your mechanical keyboard to the next level. If you’re looking to make one your own, the first thing you should do is preparing ideas and materials. Get yourself a sketch of the keycap prototype, then you’ll know what you need for the next steps: making the keycap sculpt, molding, and coloring. There’re a lot of tutorial videos online that can show you how to make a keycap mold with more details and specific steps.
Or, you can take a look at the keycap websites and choose from there who is selling the keycap you’re looking for. Jelly Key offers a great variety of amazing custom keycaps that can help you decide immediately. We come with incredible designs and themes that you can hardly imagine of. Check out Jelly Key and our latest custom keycap collection here.