Showing posts with label Keycap Artist. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Keycap Artist. Show all posts

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Keycap Series: Featuring Artists of the Month

June 29, 2024 0 Comments

Enjoying art and fun shouldn't come with a hefty price tag; it can be both high-quality and affordable.


Welcome to this monthly new series where I will be spotlighting talented keycap artists whose work I have come across and purchased from them as I love their designs. With reasonable pricing and shipping options that have proven worthwhile to me, here I am sharing them with you. Whether you're in search of intricacy, uniqueness, or affordability in artisan keycaps, I hope you find inspiration and the opportunity to support these creators.


Getting into the hobby and into the rabbit hole of artisan keycaps can be a bit overwhelming for the pocket as one artisan keycap can cost as much as a whole set, with some costing more than S$80 (not including shipping fees yet). And let's not get started on shipping... If you are in Singapore or South East Asia, sometimes shipping from overseas sellers are more than S$20-40+!😡


[Beginner's Guide to Artisan Keycaps: Everything You Need to Know]


Hopefully this list helps you as it did me (especially if you are from South East Asia) and support the lovely artists who are doing a wonderful job, and making it a little bit more easier for you and your wallet in personalizing your mechanical keyboard!


*Do note that these are based on my own experiences and thoughts, so remember to always check the reviews before committing to anything.

Think an artist (who is not on this list and fits the bill) should be added, do let me know in the comments below on where are they and why they should be added! πŸ˜†

Artists Featured:

  • 2024
    • April: πŸŽ wildapplestudio
      • Pricing (per keycap): an average of S$15 to S$80+ (US$11 to US$60+)
      • Shipping to Singapore: less than S$10 (US$8)
      • Shipping Internationally: depends on your location but should be reasonable
      • Wait Time: Orders usually are shipped out within 7-10 working days, then about 11-14 business days for international shipping (to reach you). 
      • Style: 🧚 Whimsical / Fantasy / Sweet 🍬
      • Material: Polymer clay, protected with UV resin
    • May: 🐢 shopqwerkycaps
      • Pricing (per keycap): an average of S$35 to S$65+ (US$25 to US$50+)
      • Shipping to Singapore:  S$3 (US$2.50)
      • Shipping Internationally: around S$10+ (US$8+)
      • Shipping to US: Free shipping for the first order for over US$35
      • Wait Time: Orders usually are shipped out within 7-10 working days, then about 11-14 business days for international shipping (to reach you). Do ask to confirm for the shipment details. For Singaporeans, once it's been shipped out you should get it within 2 working days.
      • Style:  πŸ¬ Fantasy / Gaming / Pop Culture / Nature Inspired / Anime πŸ“Ί
      • Material: Polymer clay, PBT keycap, Matte glaze or UV resin glaze
    • June: 🍡 teas_factory
      • Pricing (per keycap): an average of S$26 to S$36+ (US$20  to US$30+
        • Pricing for commission pieces might vary so always reach out and clarify. 
      • Shipping to Singapore: less than $2 (US$2.50)
      • Shipping Internationally: an average of S$9.30 to S$11.90+ (US$7 to US$10+)
      • Wait Time: My order via Google Forms took a total of 2 working days to get processed and another 4 working days to reach me. Also best to check with teas_factory  on when you can receive your little cutie.
      • Style:  πŸ“Ί Pop Culture / Nature Inspired / Gaming / Anime
      • Material: Resin / Polymer Clay
    • July: ???
    • August: ???
    • September: ???
    • October: ???
    • November: ???
    • December: ???

Monday, June 24, 2024

Keycap Series: June Artist Featuring teas_factory

June 24, 2024 0 Comments



For the month of June, the artist of the month is teas_factory who is located in Singapore! Her aim to make affordable keycaps that everyone can enjoy really resonated with me, and her design aesthetics definitely caught my eye. Her design aesthetics are uniquely adorable with creations inspired from cartoon series to animals. She mainly focuses on custom keycaps, but does come up with designs of her own as well. 


Shipping (within Singapore) is the cheapest yet at S$2


International shipping is also reasonable:

  1. Malaysia & Brunei: S$7.10
  2. Countries in Asia & the Pacific (except Australia, Japan, New Zealand): S$9.30
  3. Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the rest of the world: S$11.90


Her keycap creations range from an average of S$26 to S$36+. The price range is appreciated along with the unique and good quality designs. πŸ˜† 


[Keycap Series: Featuring Artists of the Month

[Beginner's Guide to Artisan Keycaps: Everything You Need to Know]


I first came across teas_factory  on Instagram and went to check out her creations. 😍


What caught my attention was the adorable Sakura Cow. It was simply too cute to resist, and the pricing made it even more irresistible!


Unlike the artists featured so far who have an Etsy or online store, she takes orders via Google Forms and promotes them via her Instagram and Carousell account. The process was really simple: the link to the form is on her accounts and when you've completed it, she will send the invoice over to the email you provided. Simple and easy (especially for Singaporean buyers since PayNow is also accepted). You can even commission designs from her. 😊


teas_factory  was really fast and responsive, even making sure that my address was correct. The invoice was sent shortly after. It took about 6 working days to reach me, which is not too bad considering it was made upon order, and having to wait a bit for the new batch of resin to arrive.


Packaging was on point: little Sakura the Cow was encased in a little cute box with a lovely wax seal affixed on the top; adding a nice touch. She arrived with some cute stickers and notes!


The overall experience was fantastic. I would definitely be getting more keycaps from her in future, espcially for my low profile keyboard. Don't you think it just vibes with the little cutie just perfectly? πŸ˜€


Artist Info

  • Style:  πŸ“Ί Pop Culture / Nature Inspired / Gaming / Anime
  • Pricing(per keycap)an average of S$26 to S$36+ (US$20  to US$30+
    • Pricing for commission pieces might vary so always reach out and clarify. 
  • Shipping to Singapore: less than $2 (US$2.50)
  • Shipping Internationally: an average of S$9.30 to S$11.90+ (US$7 to US$10+)
  • Wait Time: My order via Google Forms took a total of 2 working days to get processed and another 4 working days to reach me. Also best to check with teas_factory  on when you can receive your little cutie.
  • Material: Resin / Polymer Clay
  • Social Media: 

πŸ’— Loves

πŸ’— Unique designs, and offers customization.
πŸ’— Light weight and easy to install caps. It fit my low profile keyboard switch perfectly and easily.
πŸ’— The evenness and smoothness of the end product. 
πŸ’— The attention to detail on Sakura the Cow was immaculate (did you see that behind?!).
πŸ’— Does not look mass manufactured and has personality.
πŸ’— Good quality and amicable, responsive artist (to address and concerns or questions). 
πŸ’— Reasonable and affordable shipping price.
πŸ’— Reasonable pricing and aesthetically pleasing designs.



Remember to compare prices and shipping costs across different artisans and platforms to find the best fit for your budget!

Have you gotten any keycaps from teas_factory ? If the answer is yes, let me know in the comments below what you loved and what did you get! 


[Keycap Series: Featuring Artists of the Month]

[Beginner's Guide to Artisan Keycaps: Everything You Need to Know]


Monday, June 17, 2024

Exploring Artisan Keycap Artists: teeny.snug

June 17, 2024 0 Comments



teeny.snug is located in sunny Singapore and embarked on her creation journey since March 2022. She started out with many interests from keebs, clay and vtubers, ultimately deciding to focus on clay creations. She has the most adorable series of artisan cat keycaps called “Potted Pets” on her online store. 


Of course, her creations are not limited to just keycaps. She  recently introduced a deskbud series where potted cats and dogs were up for purchase to keep you company while you work, adding that something special to your desk setup.


Can you guess? Yes, I got them cute deskbuds - the cat and dog dark brown version. Little did I know they were so popular and were sold out quite fast after I got them. Thankfully I got them and they are happily on my desk now. πŸ˜†


The packaging was super adorable with a sticker each for the cat and dog deskbuds. I love the little paw print details which are peppered throughout the package! 😍




Purchase Experience

Experience purchasing from the shop was good and straight forward. Navigation was also easy as everything you would want to know from the backstory, how long delivery takes, terms and conditions, adding to cart and check out was straight-forward. 


There are a few ways she offers her creations via her online store:

  • New pre-orders are on her store for 1-2 months before being retired; always added something new.
  • In-stock keycaps are already created and ready top be packed and sent out with a 2-5 day processing time).
  • Raffle: with limited quantity but ready-made keycaps.
  • For more you should check out the FAQ for the latest must updated information.

How to Buy

Head over to the online store and make your purchase. It really is that simple. There is no need to create an account. Just add to cart and checkout. She recently updated her site so it accepts PayPal, but when I was getting my deskbuds payment was via Stripe - so credit (or debit) card or ApplePay of your choice. Either way to process was simple and straight forward.


teeny.snug  announces the creations or updates on her Instagram. She also is working an interesting keycap edition short reel series, so do check her page out! 😍

Artist Info

  • Style:  πŸ±Animals🐢
  • Pricing (per keycap)an average of US$58 to US$98+ (S$78-S$132+)
  • Shipping (Singapore): Depends on whether there are keycaps in the order and ranges from USD$2.5-$4 (S$3.50-S$6)
  • Shipping Internationally: Depends on your country and if the order has keycaps or not. For non-keycaps orders it ranges from USD$7-$11 (S$20-S$50). For orders with keycaps it ranges from USD$11-$14 (S$20-S$50). However, it is alway best to check the shipping & delivery page to get the latest pricing for shipping.
  • Wait Time: In general, about 2-5 working days for ready stock orders and 3-5 week processing time for pre-orders. Do check out the FAQ  and T&C sections for the latest updates.
  • Material: Clay (Hand sculpted)
  • Location:  Singapore
  • Payment Method: PayPal, Stripe or ApplePay 
  • Social Media: 

πŸ’— Loves

πŸ’— The variety of products and ease of navigating the online store. 
πŸ’— Adorable and sweet designs for keycaps, deskbuds and other upcoming products.
πŸ’—Auto currency conversion, making it easier to know the final cost while adding items into the cart in local currency.
πŸ’— Has personality and unique. 
πŸ’— Love the backstory of the origin story for teeny.snug  and her little kitty mascots! 
πŸ’— Responsiveness with any questions and really nice.

Have you gotten any keycaps from teeny.snug ? If the answer is yes, let me know in the comments below what you loved and what did you get! 


[Keycap Series: Featuring Artists of the Month

[Beginner's Guide to Artisan Keycaps: Everything You Need to Know]


Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Review: Shopping Experience at WildAppleStudio Online Shop

June 05, 2024 0 Comments


Here is the promised experience of buying from Apple’s online shop! 


If you are new here, Apple is an artist in Hong Kong specialising in polymer clay creations ranging from charms, artisan keycaps and accessories. Previously I ordered two adorable and intricately made Miffy and Totoro keycaps from her Etsy store. More about that experience can be found here: 

[Keycap Series: April Artist Featuring wildapplestudio]


This time I tried buying from her online shop instead of Etsy. The shop was easy to navigate and I was able to find what I wanted with her April shopdrop. πŸ™ˆ The sleepy Eevee was too adorable, that my hand had a life of its own and I bought it! 


With the many different platforms and passwords we have nowadays, it was a refreshing experience to simply add to cart and check out; without having to create or connect to a Google or another account. The simplicity was what made it all (too) easy to purchase the wonderful delights Apple has in her online store!


In the checkout page, input the address and contact number, then choose the mode of payment - Paypal, Credit card or Apple Pay etc.. I chose PayPal and before I could blink, it was checked out. πŸ™ˆ It took about 4 working days for the order to be processed with an email to inform that it has been sent out, and another 6 business working days to arrive in my mailbox! 😍


[Unboxing of Sleepy Eevee Artisan Keycap by WildAppleStudio]



The FAQ section mentions that orders usually are shipped out within 7-10 working days, then about 11-14 business days for international shipping. So once you have received the confirmation email, just wait for a bit to receive the update that the parcel has been shipped out.


[Beginner's Guide to Artisan Keycaps: Everything You Need to Know]


Do note that with dynamic currency conversion, there may be minor fluctuations based on market conditions.

Besides the excellent workmanship and the little details on my keycaps, here are what I liked about purchasing from the online store:


πŸ’— Loves

πŸ’— The ease of adding to cart and checking out without the need to create an account. As long as you have your order number, you can still keep track of the order status without needing to log in.
πŸ’— Shipping and taxes are calculated when you check out. Not every online (i.e. Shopify or similar) store has this included, which can be a painful event if your parcel is held by customs waiting for you to pay what is due.
πŸ’— Automatic currency conversion based on your location. Converting the currency to what you are using (based on your location) is something we tend to take for granted and not every online store has this function enabled. For some, even if they have the function and enabled, you would still need to manually click on the function, which is one more step extra.
πŸ’— Simple and clean design for this shop with clear navigation for finding FAQs, contacting Apple, or the latest products etc. It was easy to navigate the taxonomy with the top navigation bar containing the right kind of links for both new and regular visitors.
πŸ’— The About section where we get to know the artist, and the FAQ section which answers to the most commonly asked questions.




Remember to compare prices and shipping costs across different artisans and platforms to find the best fit for your budget!


Artist Info

  • Style: πŸ§š Whimsical / Nature-Inspired / Gaming / Anime / Food 🍲
  • Pricing (per keycap)an average of S$15 to S$80+ (US$11 to US$60+)
  • Shipping to Singapore: less than $10 (US$8)
  • Shipping Internationally: depends on your location but should be reasonable. 
  • Wait Time: Orders usually are shipped out within 7-10 working days, then about 11-14 business days for international shipping (to reach you). 
  • Material: Polymer clay and protected with UV resin
  • Location: Hong Kong 
  • Social Media: 

Have you gotten any keycaps from wildapplestudio? If the answer is yes, let me  know in the comments below what you loved and what did you get! 


[Keycap Series: Featuring Artists of the Month

[Beginner's Guide to Artisan Keycaps: Everything You Need to Know]

Monday, May 20, 2024

Keycap Series: May Artist Featuring shopqwerkycaps

May 20, 2024 0 Comments


For the month of May we have R who owns shopqwerkycaps and makes artisan keycaps & digital stickers! She is based in Singapore which makes shipping so much more affordable at S$3. Her keycap creations range from an average of S$35 to S$65+, which was a draw along with the unique designs. πŸ˜† 


[Keycap Series: Featuring Artists of the Month

[Beginner's Guide to Artisan Keycaps: Everything You Need to Know]


I first came across R works on Carousell and went to check it out. Etsy, again won as there were discounts being offered at that time. There were so many adorable designs, but ultimately I decided on 3 Pokemon themed keycaps - Minunm, Plusle and Litwick. 😍


R was responsive and so nice to help time the delivery for me so that I would be able to receive them at a period convenient to me. Packaging was on point: each keycap was bubble wrapped and placed in their own little bag, along with their "birth certificate" which added that special touch. They arrived in a good condition along with 3 adorable stickers! 




was really responsive when arranging for the delivery. It was an overall good experience and I would definitely be getting more caps from her in future.  πŸ‘


R also has the occasional Raffles Sales where she releases one of a kind limited editions of various designs. So don’t forget to check out her Instagram page for updates and exciting news! 

Artist Info

  • Style: πŸ¬ Fantasy / Gaming / Pop Culture / Nature Inspired / Anime πŸ“Ί
  • Pricing (per keycap)an average of S$35 to S$65+ (US$25 to US$50+)
  • Shipping to Singapore: S$3 (US$2.50)
  • Shipping Internationally: around S$10+ (US$8+)
  • Shipping to US: Free shipping for the first order for over US$35
  • Wait TimeMy order via Etsy took about 5 working days to get processed. Once was dispatched (the benefits of being in the same country πŸ˜€), it only took 2 working days to reach me.
  • Material: Polymer clay, PBT keycap, Matte glaze or UV resin glaze.
  • Social Media: 

πŸ’— Loves

πŸ’— Animal & Pokemon Themed Keycaps.
πŸ’— Light weight and easy to install the keycaps. It fit my switch perfectly.
πŸ’— The evenness and smoothness of the end product.
πŸ’— Does not look mass manufactured and has individualism.
πŸ’— Good quality and amicable, responsive artist (to address and concerns or questions). 
πŸ’— Reasonable shipping price and overall pricing.

Remember to compare prices and shipping costs across different artisans and platforms to find the best fit for your budget!

Have you gotten any keycaps from shopqwerkycaps ? If the answer is yes, let me know in the comments below what you loved and what did you get! 


[Keycap Series: Featuring Artists of the Month

[Beginner's Guide to Artisan Keycaps: Everything You Need to Know]



Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Exploring Artisan Keycap Artists: A Review of O_OOHKey

May 08, 2024 0 Comments


O_OOHKey
, is located in South Korea, specializing in resin artisan keycaps and loves cats! The process of creating the little creations is fascinating: the artist posts sneak peaks of the process and it is mesmerizing to watch. So do check out their Instagram (or Discord if you have the app)!

There's actually an interesting backstory behind the artist's online persona: in Korean the word μŒμ•  means the cry of a baby, and when re-interpreted it was born as 'O__OOH ' in English.


I have not yet bought from O_OOHKey, so I am not able to put them in my Featured Artists List (yet). But I did win a giveaway from them and appreciated that the shipping cost was covered (not every artist does this), so here is this post to share about good things. 😍 


[Keycap Series: Featuring Artists of the Month

[Beginner's Guide to Artisan Keycaps: Everything You Need to Know]


The quality of the keycap and my interactions with O_OOHKey got me thinking to start another series, "Exploring Artisan Keycaps" where I curate (and possibly in the future purchase from as well) keycap artists with unique designs, good quality and interesting backstories for their keycaps, along with shipping which is not more than S$25


Doesn't little Ninku look so adorable?

Designs

O_OOHKey's current works (in 2024) revolve on different variations of the below:


  1.  O_OOH CAT: Kitten looking like suspenders but wearing a diaper. 😸
  2.  Ho-Raeng: In Korea, there is a culture called '12 gods'. To celebrate the Year of the Black Tiger, we made a tiger character by hand sculpting.πŸ’–
  3. SneakInKitty: Introducing SneakInKitty, our adorable new character! Watch as this lovable kitten playfully sneaks inside a stylish sneaker, bringing a burst of charm to your day. Shower lots of love on this little feline companion – a delightful addition to your world of whimsy and style! 
  4. Ryong-E: Dive into the mythical charm of the Year of the Blue Dragon with our exquisite Blue Dragon, Ryong-E! This blue dragon keycap created in celebration of 2024 boasts a captivating azure hue symbolizing strength and prosperity. Embrace the upcoming year with Ryong-E, whose horns will ward off all your hardships! Meet Ryong-E at Raffle!
  5. NinKu: A cute kid who dreams of becoming a ninja

There are also other occasional designs such as the Cloud Keycaps and Stingray which are priced at US$20-25. So definitely something to look forward to!

The Cloud & Stingray Series which are always available 

How to Buy

The mode of which the keycaps are sold is via Raffle Sales with Google Forms: where you sign up to win a chance to buy the keycaps. The form is usually open for a week and sales are conducted on a first come first serve basis. If payment is not made within 24 hours, then it gets cancelled and you would not be able to particulate in the next raffle. 


O_OOHKey announces the latest sales and posts about past creations on their Instagram. They also occasionally have giveaways, so do check them out! 😍

Artist Info

  • Style: 🐯 Fantasy πŸ‰⛅
  • Pricing (per keycap)an average of US$20 to US$60 (S$26-S$80+)
  • Shipping Internationally: Depends on your country and ranges from USD$15-$30 (S$20-S$50)
  • Wait Time: Not including the time it took to be processed / made, it took within 5 business days (total was 8 days if you count the weekends) to receive my adorable keycap from South Korea.
  • Material: Resin (Hand sculpted)
  • Location: South Korea
  • Payment Method: Paypal
  • Social Media: 

πŸ’— Loves

πŸ’— Fantasy / Animal Themes keycaps which are cool and adorable looking.
πŸ’— Light weight and easy to install. It fit my switch seamlessly.
πŸ’— Quality for coloring of the resin and the detail. The little detail where the artist has their logo behind the keycap is genius!
πŸ’— Has personality and unique.
πŸ’— Reasonable shipping price and overall pricing (coming from South Korea and in USD$). 

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Keycap Series: April Artist Featuring wildapplestudio

April 25, 2024 0 Comments

For the month of April, the artist of the month is Apple, who is based in Hong Kong. It's not too far away from Singapore, so shipping is relatively reasonable being under S$10. Her keycap creations range from an average of S$15 to S$80+, which when compared to the other options out there it was one of the pull factors for me (beside the beautiful design of course). πŸ˜† 


[Keycap Series: Featuring Artists of the Month

[Beginner's Guide to Artisan Keycaps: Everything You Need to Know]


In addition to sculpting intricately cute keycaps, Apple also does charms and accessories. I first came across her works on Instagram and went to check it out. Miffy and a Totoro inspired keycap got my attention and I just had to get them as a birthday present for myself.


They are my very first artisan clay keycaps and delivery was faster than expected. They even came with a cute card and 2 adorable stickers. Packaging was solid: the keycaps came in good condition and were protected with sufficient padding. They even had their little case for further protection to make their way from Hong Kong to Singapore.   



Ever since the GST (goods service tax) increased to 9% this year in Singapore, and that all goods will be charged GST... it just gets too complicated for me. It used to be for only items over the value of S$400 having to get charged GST, but now with the new rule, even items below that amount will be charged (supposedly). I don't want to have to pay extra just to get my items from Customs or go through the trouble of having to do so. Hence, platforms which already include GST, such as Amazon, Shopee, LazadaQoo10 and now Etsy are a blessing in that aspect as a buyer. 


The platform I chose to get them this time was on Etsy. It was relatively easy to log in, there are a couple of options to choose from signing up brand new or using an existing Google, Apple or Facebook Account. Apple has her own online website shop as well, but I choose to get them via Etsy simply because the tax was already accounted for (on the platform).

The ordering experience was pretty straight forward and simple enough: pick what you like, add to cart and check out. Payment was via Paypal. 


Apple was really responsive and updated once the keycaps were shipped out. It was a fantastic experience. πŸ‘


Update: I succumbed to her recent April shopdrop. πŸ™ˆ The sleepy Eevee was too adorable, that my hand had a life of it's own and I bought it! 


This time I tried purchasing it from her online shop instead of Etsy (since it was only available there at the time). It was easy (too easy πŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ) to purchase: no log-in was required, just add what you want to cart and check out. The only downside is that there was no estimated period mentioned on when the item would be sent out in the confirmation email. It would be nice to have that mentioned in the confirmation email. But a quick check on the FAQ section mentions that orders usually are shipped out within 7-10 working days, then about 11-14 business days for international shipping.


In the checkout page, input the address and contact number, then choose the mode of payment - Paypal, Credit card or Apple Pay etc.. I chose PayPal and before I could blink, it was checked out. πŸ™ˆ It took about 4 working days for the order to be processed with an email to inform that it is on its way! 😍


Once I get the little cutie, I would be writing about the experience from purchasing from the online shop vs Etsy. So do stay tuned for that! 


[Review: Shopping Experience at WildAppleStudio Online Shop]

[Unboxing of Sleepy Eevee Artisan Keycap by WildAppleStudio]



Artist Info

  • Style: πŸ§š Whimsical / Nature-Inspired / Gaming / Anime / Food 🍲
  • Pricing (per keycap): an average of S$15 to S$80+ (US$11 to US$60+)
  • Shipping to Singapore: less than $10 (US$8)
  • Shipping Internationally: depends on your location but should be reasonable
  • Wait Time: Orders usually are shipped out within 7-10 working days, then about 11-14 business days for international shipping. My order via Etsy took  a total of 12 days (9 working days) to get processed and reach Singapore (it actually just took 6 working days to arrive from Hong Kong) which is quite good. 
  • Material: Polymer clay and protected with UV resin
  • Location: Hong Kong 
  • Social Media: 

πŸ’— Loves

πŸ’— Intricate details and amazing skills in fitting detail into a keycap.
πŸ’— The evenness and smoothness (clean lines) of the end product.
πŸ’— Does not look mass manufactured and has personality.
πŸ’— Good quality.
πŸ’— Amicable, responsive artist (to address and concerns or questions). 
πŸ’— Reasonable shipping price and overall pricing.

Remember to compare prices and shipping costs across different artisans and platforms to find the best fit for your budget!

Have you gotten any keycaps from wildapplestudio? If the answer is yes, let me  know in the comments below what you loved and what did you get! 


[Keycap Series: Featuring Artists of the Month

[Beginner's Guide to Artisan Keycaps: Everything You Need to Know]