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Topic: Necklace from resistors (tutorial pg2)  (Read 8355 times)
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« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2006 09:36:00 AM »

Yep, those little electronic doodads have always looked like jewlery waiting to happen to me, too! Very cute!

Sorry, but I have to rain on your parade a little: If the parts are harvested from old circuit boards DO NOT wear them right next to your skin. Lead poisoning from the solder is very dangerous. Use new resistors or wear the necklace over a turtleneck or something. I hate to be a downer like this. Sad
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« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2006 10:25:40 AM »

Thanks guys! Cheesy

Good point, rosie posie. Definately have to be careful of that with the used components.
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« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2006 12:54:52 PM »

Yep, those little electronic doodads have always looked like jewlery waiting to happen to me, too! Very cute!

Sorry, but I have to rain on your parade a little: If the parts are harvested from old circuit boards DO NOT wear them right next to your skin. Lead poisoning from the solder is very dangerous. Use new resistors or wear the necklace over a turtleneck or something. I hate to be a downer like this. Sad
So maybe I won't smash old electronics open this weekend.  How could I forget?  Thanks for the reminder!  (You're not a downer, rosie posie.  Poison is a downer!)
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« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2006 03:29:47 PM »

So awesome!!!! My engineer BF is going to drool when I show him this...
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« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2006 07:16:49 AM »

thats really cool. I like it!!!
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« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2006 07:47:27 PM »

I asked my husband about sources for parts, and he recomends digikey.com as an online source. He says axial resistors are pretty, and cost pennys each, although you probably have to buy 100 at a time. But, hey, thats just a few bucks! Many parts are lead-free now, and because of new EU laws about this stuff the product descriptions will say if they have lead or not. Stevie also says not to buy anything specified for surface-mount, because they are way to tiny. Hope this helps some of you craftsters!
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« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2006 08:37:15 PM »

^^ Thank you for the comments!

Digikey is good, also mouser.com. I lucked out though, happened upon someone selling a lot of 2000 resistors, all various types (so lots of different colors), for $5 on eBay. I was beside myself. I do have quite a supply now, though. *lol* I recommend looking around eBay anyway, there's always great deals.. plus it's easier to know what you're buying, since they nearly always have pictures; online electronics catalogues are difficult to follow unless you have an electronics-type boyfriend to help. Wink
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« Reply #17 on: May 19, 2006 03:01:04 PM »

That is SUCH an AWESOME necklace! I love stuff made from computer junk. Yeah, I am a nerd. But that is sooooooo cool!  Grin
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« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2006 03:39:08 AM »

Delicate and geeky at the same time! Tutorial? Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2006 08:10:16 AM »

Thanks guys. Cheesy

I whipped up a tutorial. I'm not sure how good it is, I've never done a tutorial like this before. I may have overexplained. Oh well. Also, apologies in advance for the blurriness of some of these pics.

Items you'll need: tools: a pair of pliars (two if your hands aren't always so steady), something to file/sand (I use the file on a multitool but a tough piece of sandpaper would probably work), a pair of wirecutters, jump rings, and resistors (obviously).

Step 1: Take your first resistor, and trim one side. I cut off approximately 1/2 inch of the metal. It cuts very easily. Actually, you could probably use a heavy duty pair of scissors, but the wirecutters are probably cleaner, anyway.

Step 2: Bend the metal up with your pliars.

Step 3: Thread on a jump ring.

Step 4: Bend the metal over the ring with the pliars. Be sure not to squish the metal down over the ring too much, as you want to leave the ring free motion, or the necklace will get kinks in it.

Step 5: Trim the next resistor, then thread it through the jump ring.

Step 6: Bend the metal over the jump ring with your pliars. I'm always sure to bend the metal in opposite directions from each other, like in the picture.

Step 7: Now repeat the steps, unti you have...

Step 8: A chain. This one is approximately 19 inches long.

Step 9: Now, raid your stash of clasps and pick one out.

Step 10: I picked one of these. I have no idea what it's called, oops. Anyway, I just bent the metal of the resistor a bit until it formed kind of a block at the end.

Step 11: Then I closed the clasp over.

Step 12: Repeat with the other half of the clasp, and you have a necklace. Voila.

Step 13: If you want to add decoration of some sort, it's easy to add on. I'm going to put one resistor at the end, like a pendant, sort of. Take an untrimmed resistor and thread it on a jump ring where you want it to hang. I put it in the middle, predictably.

Step 14: Bend it over, like before.

Step 15: You can link as many as you want together, but I just did the one for this tutorial. At the bottom of the last resistor, trim off the metal as closely as you can.

Step 16: It might leave a sharp little edge. This is where the file comes in.

Step 17: Woo file. Cheesy This is why a multitool is a girl's best friend. It has everything!

Step 18: File the edge down until it's smooth.

Step 19: Ta-daaaaaa! Done. Cheesy

Step 20:

http://c.1121.org/tuts/rn/step20.jpg

Get yourself a good-looking model to show it off. Wink
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