This project is SUPER EASY. I had never soldered or worked with LEDs prior to making this.

For this year's costume, I really wanted to make LED eyelashes since I just discovered tiny surface-mounted LEDs (SMD LEDs) - normally they are used on circuit boards

After doing some research, I found Soomi Park's version. While Soomi's design is pretty amazing, I wanted mine to be worn on the top lashes and have an almost continuous line of LEDs. To do this, I used 0805 SMD LEDs (2.00 x 1.25 x 1.1 mm) instead of the regular sized 3 mm. Not only can they be spaced closer together, they are also very lightweight.

Here's a materials list:

Stranded wire (typical wire used in electronics) ***UPDATE*** Look for 0.2 mm enameled wire instead
28 or more 0805 SMD LEDs of any color
Water-soluble glue (Elmer's glue/PVA glue)
MDF or wood for the template
Coin battery
Battery holder
Shrink tubes
Surface mounted switch (optional)
Resistors (optional)


Soldering iron
Wire stripper/cutter
Soldering stand with alligator clips (optional)
Laser cutter (optional)
Tweezers (optional)

Thanks to my very knowledgeable and able co-worker Davey Taylor who was willing to teach me everything I needed to know about working with LEDs.

To see how I made the paper fangs, check out the Grotesque Paper Fangs Instructable.

Step 1: Make a template

Use the attached template and laser engrave your MDF at least 3 times to make the holes deep enough. Apply a thin line of glue and fill the holes. Using tweezers, make sure to place your LEDs with the polarities in the same direction and wait for the glue to dry a bit.

While a laser cut template is easier, you don't need a laser cutter for this part. You can print the template on stiff paper and glue the individual LEDs down. The goal is to make sure that the LEDs do not move while soldering.

The template is curved to accommodate the curve of the eyelid. If you solder them straight, they will not sit on your eyelash properly - once they are soldered into place, you will not be able to bend the curve except in the "z-axis" direction.

<p>Hi, can you send a link to what type of stranded wire you recommend? Thanks!</p>
Use 0.2 mm enameled wire. It's thin and insulated, so you can use a power drill to twist two strands together. <br><br>It's not hard to find - it's used to make electromagnets and in motors. Similarly, you can dissect a motor to find one, though I've never done that.
<p>Hi, do you need to scrape the enamel bit off on the connection point for soldering to make it conductive? Thanks!</p>
<p>Here's what I do - Use a flat edged soldering tip and gather a large bead of solder. Press the enamel wire under the soldering tip and then pull the enamel wire.</p><p>The pressure and heat from the soldering iron should be enough to make a thin coat. Make sure when you are pulling, you draw the wire through the bead of solder so that it is coated.</p>
<p>Awesome project, love the smaller LEDs!</p>
After the party just fit these strips to a spectacle frame and you have an instant hands free torch to work in tight corners. Did the leds not blind you?
They do blind you when it is super dark, but in normal light, it's not bad at all. It could also have been the way I put them on. <br> <br>I'm definitely thinking of what I can do with these SMD LEDs - I ordered a huge batch from China and am excited to experiment. :) Wanted to make light-up glasses among other things.
Very nicely done, congrats! How toasty did they get with continual use ?
To be honest, not at all. When I first experimented with one, it got a bit warm, but never uncomfortably so. When I actually wore them on Halloween, I never noticed the warmth at all. Perhaps it was because it was cold outside, but I never even felt it warm. It's very low heat if anything.
Really nice work (again!!) Pretty sweet there was no heat issue.
Very nicely done, congrats! How toasty did they get with continual use ?
du skulle nog kunna cosplaya Ryuuk fr&aring;n deathnote r&auml;tt s&aring; bra, just sayin :D
Hahahaha! Totally! I didn't even think about it until now. Too funny.<br> <br>
Looks awesome!
Oh, the look is worth the bruises!
I can't say that I was very sober while walking... so that might have attributed to me running into things. I navigated the party and later the nightclub alright. :P

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