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LED Hoop Earring, Mk I

Throwie-based modification of hoop earrings to illuminate them with LEDs.

LED Hoop Earring, Mk I

Throwie-based modification of hoop earrings to illuminate them with LEDs.

Steps

Step #1:

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LED Hoop Earring, Mk I
  • Note which lead is longer. Using the jeweler's pliers, carefully bend both leads 180 degrees. The idea is to illuminate the earring and the wearer, not the wearer's shoulder.
  • Bend the longer lead 90 degrees to one side.
  • Bend the shorter lead into a circle.

Step #2:

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  • Cut a generous length of monofilament (8-12").
  • Tie the center of the monofilament around the hoop. Use a Round-Turn and 2 Half-Hitches.
  • Make sure the knot is near the "top" of the earring. The battery and LED will hang from the knot.

Step #3:

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  • Cut a length of electrical tape, sufficient to cover one side of the battery.
  • Cut one side of the monofilament at a length where the LED will hang below the hoop.
  • Tape the cut monofilament and the longer (90° bend) LED lead to the positive face of the battery. Completely cover the battery's face.
  • If you want to get fancy, you can bend the lead in such a way that you can tie the monofilament to the lead. Don't let the monofilament interfere with good contact between the battery and lead.
  • Trim the tape to the edge of the battery.

Step #4:

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  • Cut a length of electrical tape that will cover half of the other battery surface.
  • Position the LED such that a lead falls on each side of the hoop. Tape the monofilament so the battery hangs evenly from both lengths.
  • Trim the monofilament to the edge of the tape.
  • Trim the tape to the edge of the battery.

Step #5:

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Bend the short lead into good contact with the battery. Do not let the lead touch the edge of the battery -- that's part of the positive contact.

Conclusion

A third-hand is really useful, also.


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