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Step 2: Solar cell and capacitor necklace

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If your solar cell does not already come with some kind of wires attached to the + and - poles, then you'll want to solder two short wires with little loops at the end to these before you start.

Start by making two little hooks with a loop on the opposite end, by bending wire around your pliers. See photos. Or you can use any small metal hooks that you have.

Now thread a small (so it will fit through the beads) needle with conductive thread. Take it double. Stitch through one of the loops of the hooks you just made and fasten it. Now start stringing beads onto this thread. As many as the length of your first capacitor, plus a few more. In my case it was 20 beads. Make loops with the wires of your capacitors (no need to solder them) and sew around the loop of your capacitor a few times before continuing to thread beads onto the string. Again use enough beads to cover the length of your second capacitor, plus a few more. When connecting the second capacitor make sure that if you sewed to the minus leg of the first capacitor that you do the same for the second. Now do the same for the other side, connecting the plus sides together. See photos.

When you have finished both sides and both are equally long. Cut two small droplet shape pieces of neoprene (you can also use another kind of sturdy fabric). Fuse a strip of conductive fabric one side of each of these droplets. Sew one of your beaded conductive threads to the narrow end of one of these droplets. Connecting conductive thread with conductive fabric! And sew beaded conductive thread to the narrow end of the other droplet. See photos.

Now punch poppers through the wider end of each of the droplets.
 
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