Craft & Design Technology
Vacuum tube earring

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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!

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8 thoughts on “Vacuum tube earring

  1. 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: http://www.docpop.org/2006/09/03/transistor-bending.html

    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).

  2. 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.

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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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