I have been trying to decoden my laptop since around 2008. How embarrassing is that! Especially because since then I’ve gone through 3 laptops and managed to finish… none of them *_*

But look, I finally did it!!!

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I think what stopped me for so long was lack of design inspiration. I have seen many deco laptops over the years but none of the designs really jumped out at me. I wanted something special that was perfectly my taste and I wouldn’t get bored with after 10 minutes.

But first let me show you how to protect your gadgets before you deco them so you don’t damage the actual product.

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You need clear book covering contact and scissors. Start by cleaning your item and making sure it’s completely dry.

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Cut a piece of contact which is a few inches bigger than your surface.

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Fold the edge over a few inches.

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Peel back to reveal the sticky side of the contact to the fold.

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Carefully stick it down to the edge of your surface and make sure it’s completely straight and has no bubbles. It’s important to get this foundation right otherwise you will have a lot of trouble with airbubbles on the rest of the surface.

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Gently pull the paper away from the contact and press it down using something flat like a ruler or piece of cardboard to make sure there are no bubbles.

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So now you’ve got this, smooth but lots of overhand to get rid of.

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For the corners, cut a bit diagonally and smooth down. My corners were curved so I had to cut further in.

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Snip around the edges very closely.

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Done!

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Shiny and protected from dust and glue now!

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So deco time!

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It took me quite a while to decide what to do with it so I started the design at the center.

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From there it kind of evolved into a chandelier design.

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And just became more elaborate.

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It was at this point that I got a bit stuck design-wise and it stayed half done for around a year. I had to take it traveling and it got a bit destroyed. Small stones which aren’t part of a larger design are less stable and more likely to be knocked off.

Then a few weeks ago I decided that it was time to bite the bullet and finally finish it. This is the year of finishing long term projects after all 😀

Here are two instagram videos of how I did it:


I’m so glad to be done with it!!

 

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My favorite part is when the Apple logo glows it looks like the cameo behind the chandelier is glowing!

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The design ended up being quite art deco!

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Clearly I’ve been watching far  too many eps of Poirot lately, as if there is such a thing!

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I’m so happy with how it turned out… and to be able to cross it off my list after so many years. Now it’s time to start some new projects!

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