Tasker Hi @corjas Thanks for commenting on the Cthulhu Keycap.
Just in case @Bosk doesn't spot your comment: The material he tends to order and paint these days is Black High-Definition Acrylate (although he has painted some Frosted Detail caps in the past).
I believe he uses acrylic paint and finishes the caps off with acrylic gloss varnish. You can find out more under "Keycaps" in the FAQ section of Bosk's site here: https://keypressgraphics.com/faq-2/
I hope that helps, if you have any more questions please feel free to comment or drop me a private message.
Tasker Hi @Bosk, thanks very much for the kind feedback! I've just converted this Cthulhu design to a topre version. You should be able to check it out here: http://shpws.me/J7Gp
I am slowly working my way through my more popular Cherry MX designs and creating Topre versions, but if you have any favourites that you'd like to see as Topres then please feel free to let me know and I'll try to prioritise them.
Tasker Hi @soclose1993 thanks for ordering this keycap and for adding your question here. All of these Cherry MX keycaps have the same stem which is designed to fit as closely as possible with switches matching the Cherry MX dimensions.
Shapeways' precious and semi precious metals (including brass and silver) have a similar accuracy to their "Strong & Flexible" plastic so you should find that they fit just as well on your keyboard as the plastic ones.
Tasker@LiquidEvilGaming The "Strong & Flexible" plastics are as durable as any other plastic cap I've had. They are exactly as their name suggests!
The "Frosted Detail" plastics don't have any flexibility (so don't go bending them!) but their strength is still great. I printed the skull keycap shown in the pictures over a year ago and it's still happily clicking away today.
Tasker@HUSH1994 The coloured plastics do allow a small amount of light through but it's certainly nothing like the frosted plastic that you can see in the pictures above. (Check out the pikachu keycap pictures to get an idea: http://shpws.me/CUNx). If you want the effect you can see above then I'd advise you print it in one of the frosted plastic materials and then use acrylic paint to cover the area around the skull.
Tasker@dr_charles Thanks a lot for the feedback, it's always nice to know people are enjoying me designs!
Tasker Hi @organicDABS420 I'm glad you love the keycap. I'm really sorry I didn't make it clear about the black section. I've copied the description across all the pictures of the painted version now so hopefully that'll save any future confusion.
When I painted mine I just used some acrylic paints. I tend to use Games Workshop's "citadel" range but any acrylic paints used on miniatures should work fine. You might want to give it a little coat of varnish before and after to create a nice painting surface and then to protect your work.
I hope that helps!
Tasker Hi @MehStrongBadMeh I'm really sorry to hear your keycap broke. Admittedly this design is quite intricate but it should stand up to a good amount of use.
Was it one of the cogs that snapped or the stems? Any feedback you can give would be really helpful to improve the design.
Tasker Thanks for the comment, I totally agree. Unlike my Cherry MX keycaps I don't actually have a Topre keyboard to test the Topre caps on. That's why they're currently in beta. Fortunately some people have been kind enough to try them out as a bit of a test and as soon as I get some feedback from them I'll hopefully be rolling out some more designs.