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How to Make the Skeleton key from Skyrim


If you play Skyrim you know what this object is! And you probably use it. It is the skeleton key. I show you how to make it with just some basic supplies like the plastic top to a paper cup!



The skeleton key 


  • -paper towel roll
  • -masking tape-
  • -plastic lid or small thin round plastic container
  • -a sheet of foam board
  • -hot glue gun
  • -fine grit sandpaper
  • -x-acto knife
  • -tracing paper
  • -a pencil
  • -fine tip paintbrush
  • -flat tip paintbrush
  • -a pair of scissors
  • -red, green, brown and black and bronze enamel (or acrylic/model/tempera paint)
  • -white, gray, brown and turquoise blue acrylic paint
  • -ping pong ball or bouncy ball


•  Take the ping pong ball and cover it in masking tape, wrapping around and around in every direction (sticky side always down) until you have a tape ball about 2" in diameter. (If you don't have a ball you can just make one by balling up newspaper or masking tape.)

Ping Pong Ball   Wrap in tape

•  Take the paper towel roll and cut a six inch long portion off, then split it in half lengthwise with the scissors. Once done, roll the cardboard up into a cone. Begin covering the cone in masking tape to seal it shut and coat the cardboard.

Peel cardboard    Shape a cone


Wrap in tape 

Place the tape ball on the wide part of the cardboard cone and tape the two items together. See picture.


The template 

Now, set this aside and grab your template, foam board, and tracing paper. Trace the template and transfer the key image onto the foam board two times.


The cut out keys

•  Take a look at your lines, make sure you can clearly see them. Take your x-acto blade and cut out both of the key shapes. It can be a bit tricky in some of the smaller shapes but patience will help you. Make sure you cut out the key ridge in the middle of the key piece. Here is where you make a distinction. There's a pretty good chance one side of this key piece looks better than the other. We also had that situation. My advice would be to choose the side you think looks best, and place the key ridge on that side ONLY. Cut it out and scrape out the foam, so that in the depression, it's receding all the way to the paper of the foam board below it. See picture.


Sand it all

Sand the edges of the foam board down.

NextLet's continue making this key


Can you make this skeleton key? You sure can!! Here is one made by Yanael. My thanks go to him for sharing the picture with us!!


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