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NES Purse

Introduction
Step 1. Remove the guts
Step 2. Remove the wires
Step 3. Power and Reset buttons
Step 4. The Plastic Posts
Step 5. Rotary tool action
Step 6. Better
Step 7. Fabric
Step 8. Measuring and stuff
Step 9. Drilling
Step 10. Strap
Step 11. Clasp
Step 12. Finish
Step 13. Celebrate!

 

This guide will show you how to turn a broken old Nes case into a brand new retro looking NES purse. This is perfect for those gamer girls who want to show people that girls can in fact be gamers! This does come with an instrucable How To, and does not require any knowledge of electronics or soldering. The instructions need some clearing up, and some pictures might help. If you have made this mod before, send some additional details, or pictures here: dom@nesprojects.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This guide was contributed by: Slaytanic Publishing

How to make a NES Purse
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I had a broken NES, a rotary tool, two small hinges, some glue and Alpha Flight's Sasquatch. What I ended up with was a lunchbox that gets all kinds of funny looks.

This is my first project, and kinda sloppy. I only had about two hours to do the whole thing. I'm sure I'll improve it over time (add a latch and file down the rough edges some more) but for now, it holds my lunch admirably.

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1. Remove the guts


Opening the NES case and pulling out it's guts is pretty easy. Take out all the screws you can find and lift the parts out gently one at a time. The wires can be unplugged from the motherboard pretty easily. I had to use pliers to get a decent grip on them though.

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2. Remove the wires


Removing the wires from the controller ports is a little more tricky. They will pop out with some effort, but you may just want to clip them off and file the sharper ends down.

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3. Power and Reset buttons


Once you unscrew the circuit board that these are attached to, they pop off really easily. Save these so that you can glue them back into place later.

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4. The plastic posts


I wasn't ready for all these little plastic posts that are inside the bottom part of the case. I couldn't even fit a bag of chips in there like that.

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5. Rotary tool action


The best way I could think to deal with the posts was with gratuitously unsound use of a rotary tool and a a couple of cutting wheels. This was by far the longest part of the process.

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6. Better


Once the posts were cut off, I ground the nubs down with the rotary's sanding attachment. Now it's nice and roomy in there. I left the 6 larger posts intact since they were originally intended to hold the case together. I thought they might help to add some stability.

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7. Add Hinges

Adding hinges was pretty simple. Just mark where the holes should go and drill carefully with your smallest bit. The plastic is very pliable and the screws go in very neatly and hold well. You will have to attatch the hinges onto the back of the case.

 

8. Measuring and stuff

Measure the interior sides and the interior top and bottom (meaning, measure the corner going from the hinges to the top and bottom respectively and then measure the "squares" of the top and bottom). Combine the measurments and cut one length of fabricc to be fitted along the length of the inside, no sides at this point (with a little extra to be used for seams).

The added measurments are the angles of the top and bottom going toward the hinges and the distance beween the 2 "distant" ends as when the box is opened so the hinges are flat (meaning when the hinges are at a 180 degree angle, look from the side and see the 2 corners furthest apart near the "top" of the purse).

The measurment from these two are combined to form two trapezoids to be sewn to the large cut of fabric. Do not put the fabric inside yet!

 

9. Drilling

The next step is to drill a hole to either side on the top of the console, or alternate sides on top and bottom, make it about 2 inches from the "top".

  10. Strap

Take a cord, or make one you want to use for a strap (in my design I used the NES controller cable, but it all depends on taste). Cut the strap to desired length and put through the holes, about 2 inches pulled through toward the "top", use glue to tape and to attatch to interior. Use decorations however you ant on the bases of the exterior strap to seal the hole.
 

11. Clasp

The final step before putting the fabric in is to add a clasp. I think it's a good idea to utilize the cartridge port cover and attatch the clasp to the inside of the "top" so that you have to know how it's done in order to open it. Just make sure the 2 parts line up and use super glue.

 

12. Finish

The final step in creating the NES purse is to super glue the fabric to the interior. This part gets a little tricky so the onloy way i know to do it is to lay the 2 havles flat, and use the glue to make a U shape along the interior corners and 2 streaks on each half going toward the hinges (best to do one half, then the next step, and repeat for the other half). After laying the glue inside, partly close the console and gently tuck the fabric inside, with the "ugly" sides of the seams facing out. Use your fingers to press the eams into the glue, and let it dry.

 

13. Celebrate!

If you are a woman, wear it out! For men, give it away as a gift!

This guide was contributed by: Slaytanic Publishing

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