Nixie tube necklace

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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. skuba says:

    I’d buy one if you decide to make them and sell them!

  2. Matt says:

    are schematics for the power supply available? I see a transistor and some kind of coil in there…

  3. says:

    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….

  4. Will Robinson says:

    180 volts around your neck! Hopefully you’ll wear some insulating material for clothes.

  5. Matt says:

    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….

  6. dsevil says:

    The plus sign means she’s positive.

  7. thesamurai1200 says:

    schematics or stfu

  8. Nixie Tube Necklace « thouton says:

    […] post for today. This is my take on the Nixie Tube necklace, inspired by the original that turned up on the Makezine and documented a little on flickr. I haven’t seen any remakes of this lovely […]

  9. Closing in on Nixie cuff links - Hack a Day says:

    […] build was inspired by this much clunkier necklace that found its way onto the MAKE blog. Unlike the previous necklace, [thouton] used a much smaller […]

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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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