How to Make a Key Imprint

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Making a key imprint seems to be a favorite scene in many spy and crime movies. Though it is interesting to watch and usually looks pretty cool on film (with all of the espionage and intrigue that usually follow), in actuality it is quite easy to make an imprint of a key. While it may take quite a bit of time to ready your supplies for making a key imprint, the actual imprinting process takes only minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Small tin (Altoids' mint tins work well)
  • Hand towel
  • Modeling clay (Fimo, etc.)
  • Key
  • Clean your tin out thoroughly. Running it under the kitchen faucet and drying with a hand towel will work fine.

  • Massage the modeling clay in your hands until it is pliable. Because modeling clay is very stiff, this may take quite a bit of time.

  • Fill your tin with the modeling clay. Use your fingers to work out any bubbles. Make sure that the clay is even.

  • Set the tin on a flat surface and press your key into the clay. Make sure to apply even pressure. Using your thumbs will help to keep the pressure even.

  • Remove the key. The modeling clay will now hold and imprint of the key.

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