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DIY Studded Phone Case

I've still got more to write about the Midlands blogger meet, but I didn't want it to get too monotonous for you, so today I thought I'd show you the new phone case I DIYed. It's one more thing checked off my DIY to do list. I got the idea from this version on Bleach Black, but on my DIY to do list post Leia commented that it looked a little uncomfortable to hold. That duly noted, I decided to use smaller conical studs on my version, as they have more rounded points.
DIY studded spiked mobile phone cellphone case cover
The studs I used were 10mm conical studs, which you can find easily and cheaply on eBay, and a few small triangular studs around the hole for the camera lens. I used pliers to fold the prongs inside them, then used a glue gun to stick them to a cheap clear phone case that I also got from eBay. I used 61 studs on my case and my phone is a HTC Desire (about the same size as an iPhone), which might be of some help if you decide to make your own.
It was a bit of a fiddly job and it's not turned out quite as neat as I'd have liked. It was quite difficult getting the right amount of glue into the back of the studs, (you have to fill the whole space inside them, it'd be too fiddly and not secure enough to glue around the edges) and because they're metal they conducted the heat of the hot glue, meaning I couldn't just hold them in my fingers and then stick them on. In the end I ended up sellotaping a cotton pad to the pad of my index finger, then putting more sellotape on sticky side up, to hold an unpside-down stud in place whilst I glued it, then used my big cumbersome sticky finger and the pliers to get the stud into the right position on the case. I'm sure there are far easier ways to do this though, and I'm just a bit of a dolt.
Still, for all the finger-burning and visible glue, I think it looks pretty cool, and it isn't uncomfortable to hold and use (a bit weighty though, but you could always use it as a weapon or window-smashing device in an emergency...)

What do you think? Also, If you haven't seen it already, check out my last DIY: wire-wrap hairbands.

19 comments

  1. This looks awesome, I want one! Might wait until I get a new phone though as the quicker I get rid of my shoddy Blackberry the better! xx

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  2. It looks fab! I really need to give this a go! Can't beat a bit of studdage ^_^

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  3. wow this sounds like a mission but I love the outcome, I am forever dropping my phone so I do need a case...

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  4. oh i really like this idea :) i have a bog standard case on my ipohone at the moment, but it's looking a little worse for wear, so i could try gluing some excitement on to it:)

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  5. Looks awesome! Great idea..!

    There is no way mine would turn out like yours though.. mine would be a mess. Glue - everywhere!

    x

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  6. This looks so good - I'd never think of doing this myself but I prefer it to your standard casing :)
    definately going to have to try and give it a go soon!! x

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  7. that is awesome!
    LO

    www.lamepa.blogspot.com

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  8. This looks great!
    I don't think you can get cases for my brick of a phone lol. I'll have to wait until my upgrade in October until I can get a nice case.

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  9. Ooo, this looks good. Definitely a great and unique look for a phones.

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  10. omg I have a picture similar to this saved in my DIY inspiration!! something I definitely need to do when I have the time!

    XO Sahra
    EffortlessCool

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  11. I don't have the patience, but it looks amazing!

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  12. You did an incredible job, Fritha! And I think it was a great idea to use more rounded studs. I'm loving all your summer DIYs!

    Leia

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  13. Looks good - but sounds so fiddly to do!

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  14. this looks so good! love itttt X X

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  15. The rounded studs looks like a good idea! I've also got a HTC desire and I'm thinking of getting a new cover. You might have just inspired me to do a bit of DIY!


    Lucy's Locket

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  16. wow! i think it looks great! would never have thought you made it yourself! great job :) even if it took ages and you got sticky :P xxx

    http://ronanronanronan.blogspot.com

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  17. thanks for the comment hun,
    i love this idea i might steal it i need to liven up my iphone case haha xxx

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  18. This looks amazing! Lethal but amazing! I am in love with anything that has studs on!
    xoxo

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  19. It has been over a year since a public spectacle unfolded surrounding a prototype iPhone 4 that was lost in a bar and ended up featured on Gizmodo, the technology blog. the San Mateo County district attorney overseeing the case, announced that two California men would be charged with misappropriation of lost property for not returning the iPhone to Apple and instead selling it to Gizmodo.

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