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iHacked the iNecklace

The iNecklace from the Maker Shed makes a great gift. It's a sophisticated and elegant piece of jewelry with a beautiful pulsating white glow. As beautiful as that white glow is, it's also exactly what I wanted to modify.

iHacked the iNecklace

This is a simple way to make the iNecklace light glow any color of the rainbow. In fact, it’s so simple you can change it any time you want in a few minutes. No soldering required!



Step #1:

iHacked the iNecklace
  • Start by taking the back off the iNecklace and removing its guts.
  • Once it's apart, use a small object like a toothpick, or even a paperclip to push out the plastic cover from the aluminum housing. It's still in the iNecklace in the picture.
  • It will come out easily, but don't push too hard or it will scratch.

Step #2:

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  • Now you need to find some suitable plastic.
  • I found the packaging for my studio light bulbs to work perfectly. Anything packaged similarly will work.
  • Cut off a small piece that is flat. It only needs to be approximately 3/4" x 3/4".

Step #3:

iHacked the iNecklace

Next, trace around the white piece of plastic that you removed in step one onto the new piece of clear plastic.

Step #4:

iHacked the iNecklace
  • Now you can use any permanent marker to customize the iNecklace. I chose purple since it's my wife's favorite color.
  • Color in the circle, and a little outside the edges. Yes, despite what you have been told all your life, you can color outside the lines! It's OK, I promise.
  • It works best if you color on the opposite side from the black outline. That way the outline won't smudge.

Step #5:

iHacked the iNecklace
  • Next, cut the plastic circle out.
  • Be sure to cut a little on the inside of the traced outline. A slightly smaller plastic circle is better. It makes reassembly easier.

Step #6:

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  • Last step is to assemble the modified iNecklace.
  • First, insert the colored piece of plastic with the newly colored side facing inwards.
  • Next, add the original white plastic diffuser.
  • Then the circuit board.
  • Followed by the battery and back cover.


Now you can easily make your iNecklace any color you want!

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