Mar 8, 2010

barbie usb*adorable*

USB Barbie
step 1Materials and tools (Barbie)
Alright, so you wanna get inside Barbie and fill her delicious innards with the power of USBl? This is what you will need: X-acto knife Dremel with cutting or sanding heads Silicone Caulk Gun for silicone Screwdriver (or similar for prying) C-clamp Rubber bands Barbie Barbie Clothes (optional) Stationary USB drive (no buttons, no moving parts, ect)

step 2Barbie's Autopsy Adventure
Alright guys, (and gals) lets get to it. That's right it is time to live out your Barbie mutilation fantasy, and this time your little sister won't come running in just as you rend Barbie's head from her body. Like a stockpile of booze at a college party it all has to go... There are of course many ways to disassemble a perfectly functioning Barbie doll. I prefer the…

step 3USB Dismantling
Pretty self-explanatory, every drive is different, the one featured here was easily and simply pried apart. I can't possibly speak for every drive, just do your best! (Or worst)

step 4Barbie's Liposuction Reduction
High speed rotary tool in hand, we must now whip Barbie's body into shape. Start by cutting off small sections of her neck on both sections of the body to fit the metal portion of the drive comfortably. Once your drive fits into the body, you must figure out how deep the drive needs to go to work properly in a computer. To facilitate this, you can use my method. Plug in…

step 5Barbie's Silicone Fantasy
"California Beach Barbie got free silicone from her father last week..." So now that your drive has been fitted to Barbie's body it is time to stick it to her. Place a light layer of silicone from her neck to your line and press your drive into it. Cover the entire region in another layer of silicone and smooth out with a stick/finger/screwdriver or similar and let dr…

step 6Barbie Trys to Pull Herself Together
After you are fairly certain that Barbie's new high tech appendage is secure, we must begin to pull her back together. There are many ways to do this, I choose the overkill method. Here is what worked for me: First, I replaced the arms and leg holder as they had been originally placed. Then using the posts I managed to salvage back in step 2 and the empty body cavity…

step 7Barbie Tests the Limits
Once everything has had enough time to dry begin to remove your holds carefully. Be sure to check that the problem areas have adhered. If they haven't go back and try again, and consider the JB Weld option. Slowly remove your rubber bands and gently squeeze Barbie to test her body. More importantly, make sure that she holds together when plugged into a computer. If she …

step 8Barbie, USB, and the Best Stares You Will Ever Get
So that's it! I hope you enjoyed reading this instructable as much as I have writing it and that you are able to create your very own USB Barbie. If you have suggestions/questions about this project or any insights into the next round of childhood icon mutilation, shoot me a line! Feel free to upload your USB Barbie related stories/pictures to the comments section.