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How to Make Acrylic Keychains of Your Art

If you’re an artist, you should be putting your art onto merch! Talented artists are making a killing selling their art on keychains. Why should you miss out?

If you create quality artwork (and we believe you do!) then you deserve to make a living with your art. In this day and age, a piece of art’s monetary value isn’t limited to the art itself. 

You can decorate hats, t-shirts, backpacks, socks, and more with your unique artistic designs, and then make money selling the merch! It’s easier than you think…

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Calling all Artists

As we mentioned, artists are making extra money selling their art on merch, and it’s super easy to do! You can add artwork-inspired designs to just about any custom product, but one of the easiest products to recreate your art is custom keychains

They’re affordable to make and easy to ship and store, but artists also enjoy high markup on acrylic keychains, simply because it’s easy to make a high-quality keychain (when you make them with The/Studio, at least!). You can even add specialized branding and packaging to make your keychains 100% retail-ready, whether you’re selling them in a brick-and-mortar store or online.

So How Can You Turn Your Art Into an Acrylic Keychain?

We have said it before and we will say it again, don’t do it yourself. Don’t just type in “how to make acrylic keychains” on Google and DIY the whole thing. You’ll end up with a keychain that either a) falls apart in a few weeks or months or b) doesn’t look quality enough to properly represent your art. Do your research and find a reputable company to do it for you. 

This way, you’ll get the best of both worlds. You get to implement your design and artwork, so the keychain holds true to your creative vision, but you get the manufacturing skills and know-how of a professional, experienced company, so your product will remain high quality! Here’s what to look for when doing your research: 

High Quality 

Quality is the most important factor when making a custom keychain. Keychains are already a fairly cheap, small product, so if you skimp on quality, it’s going to be a terrible vessel to display your artwork. Besides, the quality of the keychain itself will go hand-in-hand with the quality of your artwork. If your art is top-notch, it deserves a top-notch keychain to show it off!

Fast Shipping 

Some companies take months and months to ship. You don’t want to wait until your next gallery showing in 2024 to receive your custom keychains, right?

Competitive Pricing

Competitive pricing is important because you don’t want to be taken advantage of. But don’t spend all day looking for rock-bottom prices. If a price point is significantly lower than all the other options, it’s probably too good to be true. 

Knowledgeable Staff 

There are limitations when it comes to turning your art into a keychain. Not all art styles will work well on all types of keychains, and not all keychains are designed equally. You need a team that knows their stuff. Only staff with knowledge will be able to let you know about any potential snags before you place your order.

Custom Special Options 

Your artwork is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to your custom-made acrylic keychains. You should also look for special options and add-ons that can further make your keychain stand out, like fancy borders, faux-leather fobs, and more!

Branding and Packaging

It’s great to get your art put onto a keychain, but if you have to do all the branding and packaging to get it retail-ready yourself, then the process can become a nightmare. Work with a manufacturer that offers branding and packaging options so that you can streamline the process and maximize your markup!

Okay, now you’re ready to hear the big plot twist…

We Don’t Offer Acrylic Keychains 

Yep, you read that right. The/Studio doesn’t offer acrylic keychains. That’s because we don’t believe acrylic is the best material for the job. Instead, we offer something much better, PVC keychains

Why are PVC Keychains Better Than Acrylic Keychains? 

PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, and like acrylic, it’s a type of plastic. Both materials give off a very similar look and are extremely lightweight. 

However, PVC is much more durable than acrylic, so it makes for a longer-lasting keychain. PVC is also flexible, like rubber, so it’s easier to stuff into your pockets, while acrylic is stiff and rigid. PVC keychains are perfect for intricate, colorful designs, or keychains in odd shapes or sizes. 

In all, we believe they’re the ultimate keychain material for artwork. (And we’ve made thousands and thousands of custom keychains, so you should trust us!)

Are you Convinced? 

If you are ready to turn your art into a PVC keychain, The/Studio is the way to go!  We match every single point listed in the section above, offering top-of-the-market quality, decades of experience and insider knowledge, competitive pricing, low minimum order quantities, rapid shipping, and a plethora of special options and branding add-ons.

Work with one of our Creative Specialists today to whip up a design, or if your artwork is ready to roll, simply place your order using the Create Tool (below) to put your masterpiece on your very own custom keychain! 

Design Your Own PVC Keychains Today!

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