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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Broken headphones? New hatphones! on: March 17, 2010 05:59:30 PM
Do you want to combine the comfortable padded earpieces of traditional headphones with the unbreakability and portability of earbuds? And do you want to listen to music while wearing your favorite hat? If you do, this tute is for you.
I have a pair of headphones with large, fluffy earpieces. These aren't standard Gatorade-cap-sized headphones with a little layer of foam over them, but headphones bigger than my ears, with a padded rim. I love them, but they are distressingly prone to snapping when I throw them into my bag and, uh, forget they're there and accidentally crush them multiple times. So, eventually hot glue and superglue stopped working, and I had to figure out what to do with the remnants of a pretty expensive pair of headphones.
I snapped the round earpieces off what was left of the headband, and removed the jagged pieces of plastic with a pair of pliers. Since the earpieces have a little indent between the rim of the padded part and the plastic of the electronic part, I figured I could find a way to attach them to something.
Starting with the left earpiece, then repeating each step on the right, I cut three pieces of yarn, and tied them around the earpiece, leaving one knot on either side, and one knot on the bottom that wrapped around the cord so that the headphones would remain upright and not twist around once I attached them. After the knot on either side, I let the yarn dangle for a couple inches, then tied another knot.
The hat I chose to musically upgrade was a stretchy knit cap that I could pull down over my ears. I flipped it inside out, centered the earpiece on the side, and sewed the yarn to the cap, from the knot by the earpiece to the knot at the end. After I checked the fit, I did the other earpiece.
When I put the hat on, the headphones worked beautifully. They don't press so close to my ears anymore, so the sound is a little different, but you could get around that problem by using a cap with earflaps that you could tie around your chin (maybe a Jayne hat if that's your fandom), or including a chin strap. But hey, maybe my mother was right and I shouldn't have music playing right in my eardrum anyway. The benefit to this arrangement is that the headphones do not clamp down on my ears and leave them sore after a few hours of listening to music, I can listen to music comfortably in cold weather, and I can pack my hatphones in a much smaller space, and I don't have to worry about snapping them by accident. The hat looks a little dorky stretched out to accomodate the earpieces, but it sits securely and the headphones haven't moved around at all, even when I dance to the music.
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