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Fibre Optic Bracelet

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In this instructable I will show you how to make a bracelet that lights up with an LED and optical fibre. I used organza braided with a silver chain; it looks nice whether the lights are on or off.  The bracelet is easy to make and uses material that can be found at a dollar store.
 
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Step 1: What you will need

The majority of material for this project was found at a dollar store making this an inexpensive project with easy to acquire parts.  Since the dollar store doesn't have a website, I added links to other sites where you can find these parts.

  • Organza ribbon
  • LED Push Pins (If you can't find these, dollar stores often have other little toys that use LEDs)
  • Fibre optic strands (I got mine from a dollar store toy)
  • Chain from a necklace/bracelet etc
  • Jewellery clasp
  • (Optional) Jewellery end caps
  • Drinking straw
  • Binder clips
  • Duct tape and glue
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Needle nose pliers

Step 2: Preparing organza

The organza ribbon that I had was 6 inches wide.  I took a piece about 10 inches long, cut it in half making pieces that were 3 inches wide.  Folded each piece in half twice along the length and stitched along the edge (this forms a loop inside to hold the optical fibre).
XTL1 year ago
You can also rub the fiber with a fine sandpaper - this also causes it to leak light.
ChrysN (author)  XTL1 year ago
Cool, thanks for the tip.
I thought it was purple bacon before I read.... I guess I was hungry : )
I like it, pretty little thingy! Thanks!
ChrysN (author)  SOFISINTOWN1 year ago
Bacon bracelet, you may have an idea there.
Like the braid design and not just plain roll of organza around fiber optic - Great work, thanks for sharing!
Very cool and very smart idea! Nice job!
vishalapr1 year ago
This is probably the most awesome use of fiber optic I have ever seen which is easy and simple :)
Thanks for sharing!
ChrysN (author)  vishalapr1 year ago
Thank you!
This is very cool :). Thanks for sharing your awesomeness :)
ChrysN (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
Thanks!
iceng1 year ago
A proper engineering project designer you !!!!
Plus it's always a good idea to spend mental time in a dollar store :-)

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ChrysN (author)  iceng1 year ago
Thanks. Unfortunately, I am on a budget, so most of my project supplies will likely come from a dollar store.
iceng ChrysN1 year ago
That may be how best to be creative.
Budget be dam :-)
Dollar stores carry neat stuff which is not available anywhere else.

Favorited & voted for you..
ChrysN (author)  iceng1 year ago
Thanks!
ehudwill1 year ago
This is great! I tried something similar, but with beads. Mine did not work out so well which is why I never published it. Using the fabric looks like it works well.
Thanks very much for posting your brilliant Instructable. I want to make one soooo much, but I am not sure about how to do some of the steps you laid out- I don't quite know how to follow along. Is there any chance you might be able to make a YouTube video? I am going to read, and re-read your Instructable to see if I can catch on. One problem is that I don't have any experience with fibre optics. First I will go to the link you posted. You rock! Thanks again!
Looking at it, there might be a bead cap big enough for one end, and then I wondered about making a cap out of fimo for the other end-actually, 2 fimo ends might work . what do you think?
ChrysN (author)  porcupinemamma1 year ago
Yes, making a cap is a great idea. It would look much better than the duct tape and you would only need to cover the light housing with the organza. I am not sure if I would be able to make a youtube video but optical fibres are pretty easy to work with. The important thing to know is that the ends need to sit flush against the light source to work best, think of them as tiny straws that convey light instead of fluid. Please feel free to ask more questions and I will try to clarify more in the instructable.