Make your own limited edition BlackBerry Bold

Jonathan Morris
April 27, 2009

Following the news of the limited edition BlackBerry Bold being sold by Selfridges for £1000, with only ten examples being made (it’s to celebrate a 100 years of the store, which makes us wonder why they didn’t make 100 instead), we’ve come up with a cheaper way to get hold of a yellow bold.

Of course, our counterfeiting process is highly illegal – so don’t tell anyone where you got these instructions! It’s our little secret, okay?

If you don’t fancy making your own, you can find out more about the official Selfridges version here instead.


DIY Limited Edition BlackBerry Bold

1. Get a BlackBerry Bold.

You can get it on contract, SIM-free or from eBay – it doesn’t really matter. As long as you don’t pay a grand, you’re going to be better off. Not that you get the slightly different writing on the keys or the VIP support – but if you have any problems, you can simply use the built-in help function or, God forbid, check the manual.

If you can’t afford a real Bold, see if you can obtain a dummy from a store or even a toy version (but bear in mind, this won’t receive your email). If you don’t normally get much email anyway, this is by far the cheapest option.


2. Go to a DIY store and pick up a tin (or ideally a tester pot) of yellow paint.

It can’t be any old yellow though. The colour you’re going to need is Pantone 109, but we’re not sure they’ll be shown like that in your local Homebase or B&Q. Try warm mustard or something, as you probably don’t need to be that exact – although sod’s law says the first time you show it off will be to someone who bought the original.

If it’s of any use, it’s the same shade of yellow used on the German flag – so if you can find a supplier of paint to a flag maker you might just be in luck. Sorry, we don’t know of any – but Google is your friend.



3. Get a marker pen.

Pop along to WH Smith and buy a marker pen, ideally with a thinnish tip so you can do the small writing nice and neat. Oh, and make sure it’s a permanent marker or it might start to rub off and that’s going to look lame.


4. Start painting.

Make sure you’re in a well ventilated area when you begin painting. Use small strokes and gradually build up the layers with care. Here’s an example of the result you’ll be looking for, which is pretty impressive even if we do say so ourselves.

You then need to wait for it to dry. It’s up to you whether you watch this process or not, but we’re told doing so is rather dull.



5. Add the artwork.

Using your marker pen, carefully draw on the graphics and then add its number. Assuming you’re not going into full scale production, you can probably write 1/1. That makes your creation ten times more exclusive than the one on sale in Selfridges – how cool is that? Come on, you really love us now don’t you?



6. Stand back and admire your work.

…before proudly showing it off tomorrow at work or on the train in.


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