Step 4: Adding LEDs

The first thing I did was light up an LED and hold the veneer over it.  I used this to gauge how many LEDs I'd need for the light level I wanted.  In my case 17 was the magic number.  

Cut a strip of paper the same width and length as the channel in the bracelet.  I folded in half and half and so on to distribute my LEDs.  Mark where each one goes.  I decided to run two positive leads - one at the top and one at the bottom, and one negative/ground lead - mostly made of resistors down the center.

Use a bit of rubber cement to glue each LED face down on the template.  Check, check and check again that the polarity is correct.  These tiny LEDs don't take too much abuse so if you have to unsolder them they might not resolder and work.
<p>This looks awesome. I was actually looking at making some type of veneer art that the LEDs would shine through (Not for a bracelet). I think I could use this method for that. Thanks for the inspiration! : )</p>
good concept, and support it
Beautiful. And so it the project. ;)<br>Seems that the thickness of the electronics and wire could make construction a teeny bit finnicky. <br><br>As a possible improvement or two, please consider-<br>1. Thin copper foil tape instead of wire. This is sometimes found in craft stores which carry stained glass supplies.<br>2. SMD (surface mount device) LEDs for thinner electronics.<br><br>Hope this gets lots of people started with new creative ideas in &quot;flat&quot; construction!
That's just stunning, and a great task for someone with a few skills who wants to put them together in an elegant way. I love 'Ibles like this. Congratulations. :)
Thanks so much!
Thanks ChrysN!
Beautiful and well documented technique. The finished piece looks great.
Thank you!
wow, that looks great!
Thanks for the compliment AND the fastest comment ever!

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