Step 3: Create the Beads

Either you go the easy way and download the ones I prepared, or you draw them yourself.
First you have to make some decisions:

- How thick will the string be you are going to use?
- How many different bead sizes you want to use (We'll use 12 here)?
- How big should the biggest disc be?

Let's say our string is 2mm, so we use an inner diameter of 2.5mm which stays the same for all beads.
We'll start with an outer diameter of 5mm an will increase in 1.5mm steps so the biggest disc will have a diameter of 21.5 mm.
You can choose these values

Select the ellipse tool and make sure paths are not filled.
Now hold the alt key and click somewhere on the artboard. 
You'll be able to enter numeric values now. we use 2.5 x 2.5mm 
Then we do this step again using a value of 5mm and this time when clicking on the artboard will click in the center
of the circle we drew previously. Smart guides will guide us.
Make sure to enable them or click accurately.
So we got our first bead. let's continue until we have 12 (or how many different sizes you like to have)

<p>hi david</p><p>How can I make that stencil design for the laser cut? with all the arrows and unions</p><p>i cant do it. i am search but not find</p>
Hi Burak,<br><br>I made it with Rhino 3d.<br>You can also use Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape which is open source.<br>It's a lot of manual work with splitting lines and stuff.<br>You need to become familiar with any kind of vector editing software.<br>But ones you get the basics it's not that hard to do...
<p>I had a lot of difficulties trying to figure out how to use Audacity for this, and ended up writing some code to do it for me. There's a blog post on how I did this at http://www.lshift.net/blog/2015/09/06/waveform-necklace-as-a-service/ and a website I made that'll help others make the files https://waveform-necklace.herokuapp.com/</p>
Hey Palfrey.<br>That's pretty awesome.<br>Should have hired you as a developer long time ago ;)<br>Would have saved a lot of work.<br>I'll add your link to the tutorial. Very nicely done!
<p>How can I make that stencil design for the laser cut? with all the arrows and unions</p>
I replied to your PM already.<br>Describing in detail how to use Illustrator is out of the scope of this guide. You will draw the shapes and use &quot;pathfinder&quot; to combine them. However you wont need them. Arranging the individual beads will do. Breaking pieces out from the stencil leaves sharp edges anyways, why I discontinued this design...
Can we just use air dry clay for beads and ukelele strings for the string?
I mean, is it possible?
<p>I guess so. Kinda laborious to make all the clay beads, but if you want to invest that time it should work well (Haven't logged in here for a while why my answer appears with a delay of 8 months ;))</p>
<p>How can I get this printed ? the circles i mean</p>
you need to have them lasecut. there was also a guy who made an openscad version to 3d print these http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:60020
I saw once someone recorded there now wife saying Yes when he proposed then made her a necklace with the waveform of it. Thought it would be a cool idea for someone on here.
Buttons would work too, plus buttons are as colorful as you would want them.
love it omg so cool
This audacity won't work on my computer....is there something else that will work with win7??? 64 bit machine???
same configuration here, audacity works. <br>you can use any audio editor. <br>audacity is just the best open source choice.
So...does everyone but me have a $3000 to $5000 laser cutter lying around?&nbsp; I love the idea but when I research the laser cutter, $$$ is all I can find.
Ponoko and Shapeways do laser cutting and 3d printing services, and aren't too dear :)
Though it may not look as classy, I'm sure you could find an array of assorted washers at your local hardware store that suit the math.
should be hard to find a couple of various sizes that maintain the thickness as well as the radius of the inner hole...
Hi Iswett, <br> <br>Of course I neither own a lasercutter. <br>As I mentioned in the first step you can have everything cut by a local vendor or order your parts online. Ponoko.com has a good choice of material, they are cheap and ship quickly within the US. Check out their site.
so that's a cool idea to keep someone's beloved voice.......wow
This is a remarkably cool idea!

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