EXCLUSIVE: Impressive iPhone case mod: Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod

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Croiman Psycho iPhone ModCase modding is a popular pastime among pc users. But with the iPhone, with its closed casing, people are less daring to make hardware modifications. Jo Croiman (iPhoneclub community member name Croiman) is one of those rare exceptions. His plan: to create a completely polished iPhone with a mirror screen protector and a white, illuminated Apple logo. During the process, Croimans kept us posted about his progress in our forums, and after a couple of weeks work he is proud to present the end result: a unique iPhone, one that nobody has ever seen before and that will be know as: the Psycho iPhone Mod. Our admiration goes to Croiman, and we thought it would be worth an in-depth article on iPhoneclub.nl.

During the process, Croiman attracted a large and faithful audience of forum members, who gave him advice or encouragement. Apart from all the fans at iPhoneclub and more importantly – at least for Croiman himself – his girlfriend Sabine also gave her seal of approval to the Psycho iPhone Mod. She’s willing to accept the domestic mess (fine sandpaper particles, polish paste all over, etcetera) on condition that Croiman will also mod her own iPhone to a real shiny red one -themed and all. We can’t wait to see the first version of that one too!

Psycho iPhone Mod: how it all started

The project began more than two months ago with a forum post of Croiman, who announced that he had started working on a case mod. He also showed two photos of the polishing of the back cover with a Dremel and polishing paste. After more than an hour of thorough polishing, the back side was as smooth as a mirror. Croimans used very fine grained sandpaper especially made for wet surfaces (slis paper if that’s an English word), and finished the already blank surface with a soft brush on the Dremel tool and more polishing paste. To protect the back cover from scratching he also applied several layers of varnish.

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Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod   Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod

Shiny Apple

The Apple logo on he back cover was replaced (or rather: filled) with a thin piece of plexiglass. Used method: rigorous cutting with the Dremel tool, polish smoothly with sandpaper P1000 and lots and lots of patience; a process which took roughly 4 hours. The plexiglass Apple logo was then glued with special heat-resistant Bison glue, since the iPhone has the tendency to get rather hot at times, especially when charged. Just around the milk Apple log some glass fiber was applied to direct the light from the leds more evenly around the logo. These leds – extracted from an already broken iPhone screen – are fixed just under the logo and shine upwards.

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Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod    Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod

The original plan was to use blue leds for power and red leds for incoming calls, but leds this small and with the right voltage couldn’t be found in time and more importantly, the rather vocal forum members advised against using this color combination. They choose the more stylish white version which can be seen in the end result. The white leds draw an additional 50mAh from the battery; quite negligible.

The next few days saw more soldering, testing, soldering and final tests. Pics of the soldering layout shown below.

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Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod   Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod
Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod   Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod
Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod   Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod

To clarify once again: the white leds are soldered to the Power function and shine constantly when the iPhone is in use. A later mod will also see leds soldered to the vibration motor with a different color (blue is the current choice) to signal incoming calls.

Antenna cover: which color to pick?

Next stage in the case mod was the antenna cover. Since there are more than a few aftermarket replacements a forum poll was setup. Choices: anthracite, silver or plain black. Silver was chosen as the best fit for this mod and swiftly it fell prey to the Dremel tool, the sandpaper and the varnish.

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Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod   Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod

Mirror screen protector

A true case mod enthusiast has a fine eye for detail and Croiman is no exception to the rule. He wasn’t really satisfied with the big black screen on the front. After some research he found the perfect match for his new shiny shiny iPhone: Proporta’s Echo Mirrored Screen Protector. To top it off he used the all aluminum Pwned! wallpaper, which is featured on the WinPwn boot images gallery.

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Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod   Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod

Engraving? No, sandblasting! (sp?)

It was quickly decided that sandbasting was the best method for applying the logo and text to the back cover. Since Croiman didn’t have the required tools help was needed from specialized (Belgian) company Zetix. The logo ‘iFoneguide inside’ is a reference to Dutch iPhone repository iFoneguide and Psycho iphone mod is Croiman’s own idea. Next set of pics show the end result.

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Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod   Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod
Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod   Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod
Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod   Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod
Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod   Croiman Psycho iPhone Mod

Reprise


The case mod in this article was baptized ‘Psycho iPhone mod #1′ for a reason. Croiman has a lot of plans for new case mod projects of which a handmade sculpted cover in blue carbon is going to be the next project. And girlfriend Sabine’s iPhone is eagerly awaiting his red makeover. We can’t wait to see all the next iterations and sincerely hope – with Croiman – other enthusiasts will follow suit. If you read about a cool iPhone case mod, please do let us know.

The video

Croiman also shot this fantastic movie showing the Psycho iPhone mod in all his shiny grandeur. Sit back, drool and enjoy!

door Jean-Paul Horn

Jean-Paul Horn is uitgever van iCulture. Hij studeerde journalistiek en communicatie en werkte daarna een aantal jaren als webdeveloper en consultant. Jean-Paul zorgt op iCulture.nl voornamelijk voor de techniek (app en site), marketing & sales en aansturing van projecten.

21 reacties

  1. door Pevi

    Supermooi gedaan, vooral het appeltje!!
    Wat mij betreft dé Gadget onder de gadgets !!!

  2. @Pevi: This is the English article ;) There’s a different Dutch article for us dutchies.

  3. door 4saus

    But for the Mod… verry nice job done.
    but i dont like the logo on the back. (not the apple logo but the other one)
    It would have been much nicer without it.

    it prooves that not al GOOD tech craftsmen are capable of making a nice design.

  4. door Pure

    Wow impressive well done (y) I really really loved the glowing Apple logo but thats it for me! I didn’t really like the steel cover nor the Intel logo : / !

    Keep up the good work ; )

  5. door carl

    that’s gorgeous!!! well done dude. i hope Apple designer’s will do the same for the second version of the iPhone

  6. door seemenomore

    Can we get the song name please? Great mod

  7. door Loïc

    where can I fing the springboard wallpaper ?
    (not the Pwned one, but the other uses with summerboard)

  8. door Loïc

    it’s ok I found it on sciphone.com,

  9. door ares

    hy croiman realy realy good job – respect! can you maybe send me the instructions, fotos how to connect on the 2 leds screen on the back.

    thank you

    ares

  10. door ares

    my e-mail is ares.ax@gmx.at

  11. door master-lex-

    nice mod and nice that you used my apple aluminium pwned wallpaper :)

    [img]http://www.flickr.com/photos/textopus_nl/2455289427/[/img]

    kind regards master-lex-

  12. door champ

    hi Croiman I wanna know where I can buy plexiglass from?

  13. door Fansntt

    any one knows where to buy the silver antenna cover? .. I look on eBay and nothing. I don’t like the black cover at all.

    Thanks

  14. Kheb deze vandaag in mn handen gehad. :D

  15. door Projectzro

    I tried starting this mod BEFORE I saw this mod and I searched it as well and could nothing till about a week before finishing. All I have to say is it looks great untill the intell logo and he didn’t have to be a prick when I gave a good comment on YouTube and telling him I was doing something similar. BUT after a dremel slipup I’m now doing a halo/army of 2/ army battle scar mod, In other words it’s gunna look like green armor on the back and have the mirror screen protector ( a film version so it’s not as thick). And word to the wise on dremeling the polishing tool will melt the plastic LOL now my camera is usless and the antena cover looks like it was grazed by a bullet ( this giving me the idea) .

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