Craft & Design Technology
Nixie tube necklace


Eric writes (and from the MAKE Flickr pool):

Someone at the Maker Faire challenged me to turn a working nixie tube into jewelry. Here’s a “glowing cross” steampunk-style pendant. It uses a CR2032 coin cell battery to run the high voltage power supply. It uses less power than an LED throwie.

I don’t know what’s better, this project or the fact that it was conceived at Maker Faire.

18 thoughts on “Nixie tube necklace

  1. Nixie tube is fantastic…for a sleeker project, the same inverter could be used to power some miniature neon indicator bulbs. Maybe a cluster of three, glowing warm orange….

  2. A boost converter using a coin cell battery would probably have trouble sourcing enough current at 180V to do serious damage to the wearer in case of mishap. Hopefully….

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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