The miniature working flashlight (keychain) that I acquired via a Listia auction started out with a short chain and keyring attached. I wanted to make it into a real (i.e., standalone) flashlight that my dolls can "hold," so I decided to mod(ify) it.
|Miniature Working Flashlight (Keychain)|
First, I took a pair of wire cutters and carefully clipped the chain-link which was attached to the flashlight via plastic loop at the back. Then I pulled away the chain. (I kept this, putting it in a knickknack box in my Modeler's Workshop to potentially use in a future project.)
Next, I took a pair of industrial scissors and trimmed all the excess sharp plastic sticking out from the rear of the flashlight (seems to be a molding error, the plastic loop was not cleanly formed) to make it possible to grasp the flashlight without scratching or cutting one's finger.
Voila! I have a real miniature flashlight... that can fit into a doll's hand. See images below.
|Miniature Working Flashlight (Post-Mod) - Front|
|Miniature Working Flashlight (Post-Mod) - Top|
|Miniature Working Flashlight (Post-Mod) - Side L|
|Miniature Working Flashlight (Post-Mod) - Side R|
Like many full-sized flashlights, this miniature version has a screw on lens cap. It's powered by 3 tiny button batteries. Providing one can find the correct size replacement parts, the batteries and the little light bulb can be removed if/when either wears out, so that this miniature flashlight can be maintained in working order, presumably for some time to come.