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So, let's describe a survival situation:

It's the day before Valentine's. You had forgotten that fact until now, and have nothing for your girl/boyfriend / spouse. Realizing you error, you jump to your workspace to clear your head and find a solution.

Surveying the table, you find a burnt out 20 amp, a yellow LED, 2 feet of black and red wire, 2 button cell batteries, a small magnet, sandpaper, a drill, and a soldering iron (with solder of course). Go to it MacGyver.

So here's what I decided to do in this situation. I made a nice and nerdy necklace.
 
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Step 1: Shave Those LEDs!

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We want the LED to fit inside the small opening at the bottom of the amp. On my first run through this project, I used a small, yellow LED because I didn't have to sand much down to make a clean fit. However, I lost that Mark I when trying to drill a hole through it.

So, I turned ruefully toward a large yellow LED. I didn't think it would make the fit, but after lots of sanding and a little help from my friend, Mr. Dremel, the new LED was even smaller than my original.

There were also some metal pieces in the way of the LED's space. I took a small screwdriver and worked the metal until the pieces broke off.

So sand down your LED, make it a clean fit, and heat up that soldering iron of yours.

Step 2: Solder Up!

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Take your newly sanded LED and fit it into the amp. Position it as you like, and then bend the LED leads in the manner you desire. Bend them over the amp legs, because that's where the soldering is going to happen!

Put some flux and solder those puppies. Test the LED with a battery to make sure there's good bondage. Bend or cut the extraneous leads off.
 I had a collection of blown out fuses before. After the flood, I couldn't find those anymore. I'm not even sure if they were blown out. Well, now they are. To bad I didn't read this when I had them :(
Kiteman6 years ago
Unless your GF is also very geeky, you are a doomed man...
I've done this. only with a glass tube fuse. She was not pleased.
rlester Kiteman6 years ago
yeah unless she's a raver, then she'll cream herself
technick29 (author)  Kiteman6 years ago
Haha, true, true.
Hahaha!
Sandisk1duo5 years ago
don't solder to button cells!
technick29 (author)  Sandisk1duo5 years ago
Why not?
they start to sizzle, then go boom! right in your face!
i met soulja boy in vegas before he was signed, selling CD's for $10.
Wow.. that's a really cool job. And what Kiteman said... hahaha!
technick29 (author)  GorillazMiko6 years ago
Thanks Gorillaz!
gmjhowe6 years ago
Valentines day - Saved. Well done lol
technick29 (author)  gmjhowe6 years ago
Thanks. :)
seolfor6 years ago
Not bad, turning a blown out 20 AMPere fuse into an LED charm. +1
technick29 (author)  seolfor6 years ago
Thanks man!
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