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Homemade custom sleeves for Westone 1

post #1 of 4
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I have had my Westone 1's for about a year and i love theme to pieces! I really wanted to upgrade with a pair of UM56 custom sleeves but being a student could not really justify the cost. I am a dental student and having over the past 5 years we have maid various appliances out of acrylic so i thought that is would be a similar process in making custom fit sleeves for earphones. I had access to a orthodontic lab so i thought i would give it a go.
 
1.ear moulds were taken at a local opticians. i then dipped these in wax to slightly increase them in size and to smothe any irregularities. i then made a slight addition in wax to the end so anything i trimmed would not be on the fit surface.
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2.I cast the moulds in pourable silicone IMG_0817.JPG
 
3.To make the sleeves removable i took a rubber insert from an old pair of comply tips and placed them onto my earphones. i blocked the tip with wax to prevent acrylic enteringIMG_0830.jpgIMG_0832.jpg
 
4.I then fabricated the sleeves in self cure acrylic, powder monomer mix
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5.once set i removed them from the mouldIMG_0821.jpg
 
6.I finished with pumice and a final high polish
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I am very pleased with the result, i don't know how they compare to the real thing but they are far more comfy than the comply tips and i feel a get a richer base
 
post #2 of 4

Quite a project, very impressive. The increased bass indicates you likely have a full seal.

 

You had your molds taken by an optician???

 

post #3 of 4
Too cool! Probably the best homemade one I've seen yet
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yeah my local optician also has an audiologist in store so they were taken by them. do you think if i extended the acrylic further into the external ear the isolation would be even better?

 

 there is a cheeper way of doing this, before casting in acrylic i did a mock up with a putty silicone. just insert your earphones as normal then insert putty round your ear. very good isolation but quite heavy in ear. you can buy similar material online http://www.diyearplugsonline.com/buynow.htm 

 

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