Introduction: 7 Pairs of Nerdy Earrings From 1 Motherboard

Do you like computers and want the world to know it?

Are you fabulously fashionable in the nerdiest of ways?

Do you enjoy crafting and creating?

Do you have a dead computer sitting in a closet somewhere?

If you answered yes to any of these, this may be the Instructable for you!

Here is What You'll Need

  • A Motherboard
  • Beading Wire
  • Jump Rings
  • Jewelry Snips
  • Flat and/or Needlenose Pliers

Step 1: Disassembling Your Motherboard: Removing Capacitors

Using your pliers, gently rock the capacitors back and forth until the leads loosen. Don't rock it too much or else the leads will just break off inside the capacitor and it will make the next steps more difficult.

Once it is loose, pull the capacitor straight up so the leads slide right out.

Step 2: Disassembling Your Motherboard: Removing Inductors

Inductors are a bit more difficult. They are soldered onto the board, so you must cut the 2 wires that attach it to the board.

There are several sizes and styles of inductors on motherboards, but they are all removed the same way. Just be careful not to cut yourself, the wires are sharp!


You will likely need to clean up the snipped area, I just used my snips to cut them flush so no pointy bits were sticking out.

Step 3: Disassembling Your Motherboard: Removing Ports

Using your flat pliers, gently pry underneath the port and try not to bend the wires. Once it is a bit loose, rock it to get it loosened more.

Then use your pliers to pull the port straight up so that the port slides off the wires.

I only used the PCI-E port, as it was small enough for earrings.

Snip off the tiny nubs that held it in place on the board so the back side is flat.

Step 4: Making Charms From Capacitors

If you look at the bottom of the capacitor where it was connected to the motherboard, you will see two small holes.

Open up a jump ring and insert each side of the jump ring into on of the holes. Press down until the jump ring is securely seated in the capacitor.

Repeat for each capacitor.

Step 5: Turning Charms Into Charming Earrings

Once you have your capacitor charms, you can adorn them anyway you like to make adorable earrings.

Add a simple earring loop, a chain of jump rings, or use beading wire to add some flair to it.

Step 6: Simple Inductor Earrings

Take a bit of beading wire, and poke it through the center of your inductors. I like to use the largest ones I can find for this earring set.

Twist up the wire on top of your inductors and add a loop. Attach an earring hoop, and voila!

Easy and awesome!

Step 7: Two-Tiered Inductor Earrings

For this one, you'll need two sizes of inductors and some beading wire.

Like the last one, pass it through the center of the larger inductor and twist it up a bit.

Take each end of the beading wire and pass it through one side of the smaller inductor.

Twist it up on top of the smaller inductor, snip off the extra and add a small loop to attach your earring hook.

These are my favorite pair out of the 7 I made today.

Step 8: PCI-E(arrings!)

Take your PCI-E port and pass beading wire through it. (I find it easier through the back, the holes are smaller.)

Wrap it up on top, twist it and add a loop so you can attach your earring hooks.

Enjoy your fabulous PCI-E(arrings).

Step 9: Enjoy Your Earrings!!!

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Comments

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Wendyz3 (author)2016-12-31

Have you ever cut into the actual green motherboard? How did you do it? I know you need safety glasses and a respirator. But, I discovered the hard way, that the board itself is made with fiberglass! Ouch! Anyway, I would like to cut round circles out of it. How can that be done? HELP! ANYBODY???

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I use tin snips, a dremel tool with a good cutting edge, and you are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT that you need safety glasses and a mask!. Fiberglass dust is bad to breathe in, in addition, there are teeny tiny shards of metal as well that come off the board when you cut it.

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ccooper33 (author)2015-05-12

Pretty cool! One tip, those are actually not electromagnets, they're inductors :P either way, doesn't matter. Great instructable!

author

I've always heard them called electromagnets, but I looked it up and you're right! I will change it. Thanks!

author

Very welcome! They're very similar to electromagnets! I mean, it's copper wire wrapped around a ferrite core.. Basically the same definition of an electromagnet! The biggest difference between the two is their function

author

Yup, one keeps the field inside, and the other outside. I know the difference when working with most electronics, but working with computers I've always heard them called electromagnets, I think even one of my textbooks in college referenced them as such. Thinking about it, electromagnets would make no sense on a motherboard.

Also, Go Pokes!

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seamster (author)2015-05-11

Very impressive!

I think this is the first 7-for-the-price-of-1 instrucable I've ever seen. Nice!

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