Introduction: Build Your Own Microphone
Ever wanted a microphone to chat on skype or yahoo or aim with your friends but dont wanna buy one well heres your answer to that dilema.
Step 1: Materials
Well the first thing our gonna need is a set of headphones(or earbuds preferably) that you wont want back. You will also need an altoids tin (It can be any type of tin or even a box, i just love altoids tin projects), A pair of scissors or a razor, paper or some kind of tube the headphone jack(part that fits into mp3/cd player or comp) can fit through easily i used paper. Thats about all you need.
Step 2: Figure Out Which Earbud Will Be the Microphone
Ok for this step plug the jack into its place(pink audio slot). After that click Start>Programs>Accessories>Entertainment>Sound Recorder. It will open up a box, when holding one of the headphones up to your mouth click the red circle and say something like "Test Test, This is a Test" now press the square to stop recording and then press the forward arrow to play. If you hear your recording then the headphone you tried first is the microphone is not click File>New when it asks to save click no and test with the other earbud, keep track of which is which otherwise you will mess up ruin your microphone and waste a set of perfectly good headphones.
Step 3: Cut Away the Pointless Bud
Well you could have a useless bud there but i found it to be annoying so with your scissors or other sharp object as close to the jack as possible cut away the second bud
BE VERY CAREFUL AT THIS STAGE, ACCIDENTLY CUT THE WRONG BUD OFF AND YOU HAVE TO START ALL OVER WITH A DIFFERENT SET OF HEADPHONES!!!
Step 4: Paper (or Tube)
Fold a sheet of paper in half, tape the cable in it, then roll up the sheet of paper. If you think it is too bulky then cut the paper in half or so that way theres less material making it bulky.
With a tube just slide the jack down and glue the bud in place so it doesnt slide when pulled
Step 5: The Altoids Tin
now use your scissors, sharp object, or my favorite power drill, to make the holes which your paper and jack must fit through.
Step 6: Almost Done
Now take the jack and feed it through the hole ontop of the altoids tin and then feed it through the hole in the side as well. Bring the paper(or tube) through the hole then close the tin plug in your microphone and your ready to go.
Step 7: Done
congrats on finishing and thanks for reading my first intructable< hopefully you enjoyed it and your microphone works great. I'm not sure if its just because I used 2 dollar headphones for this but mine doesn't pick up sound to well, but others do so try using a pair that cost you 10 dollars but one of the buds died(hopefully not the one you need) Enjoy skype and all that stuff me k? :p ttyl