Found in the MAKE Flickr Pool: user In dust we trust made this earring from a vintage subminiature vacuum tube. This would go great with a hard drive needle tiara for steampunk accessorizing.

UPDATE: turns out In dust we trust’s girlfriend, Darla, made these. Beautiful jewelry!


Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • In dust we trust

    Hey, I really appreciate this hitting the make blog!
    Just to clarify, my girlfriend Darla made these.

    See my set on Flickr for more of her stuff:

  • Gabriel

    Darla is a very talented and creative jewelry maker. so unique and aesthetically pleasing.
    <3 you Darla!


    Great work, Darla!

    Since it didn’t show up in the related posts, I thought I’d post a link to my vacuum tube necklaces that appeared on Make a couple years ago. You can read it here:

    I really liked making these, but I was concerned about safety issues that could come up when working with these materials (ie chemicals like led or mercury). If anyone has any good feedback about safety issues with vacuum tubes, please let me know (either via the comments in my blog or email me at yoyogenius@gmail dotcom).

  • john

    I can appreciate the beauty of a functioning or nonfunctioning vacuum tube. I can also appreciate the skill and beauty of the added crafting.

    To do this to a new tube (especially new in the box) is just a waste. Let the tubes serve their intended purpose. Do this to dead tubes only please.