Introduction: How to Make an LED Headdress
I am a student at the School of Visual Arts studying in a program called Products of Design. One of the assignments in my class was to redesign a piece of trash. I decided a to redesign an iced coffee cup. After designing many edible cups I became really interested in energy and how individuals maintain energy. One of my ideas was to create a device that would encourage power naps over drinking caffeine. In doing research about sleep I discovered that the best way to wake up from sleep is through light.
This LED headdress is a prototype of what essentially is an alarm clock. The two lights would fade on when the user was ready to wake up. This is why the lights are so close to the eyes. In the end, I believe the object works better as a piece of jewelry. I would like to re-design this with one light in the center of the ring.
This step-by-step tutorial will guide you through how to make this object.
Step 1: The Materials You Will Need
You will need:
Beads (any material but metal)
Jewelry wire (you can buy this at any jewelry supply store for about $5 or online at Amazon.com, click here)
2 x 2032 Coin Cell Battery Holder - 6V output with On/Off switch (can be purchased on Adafruit for $2.50, click here)
2 coin cell batteries
Acrylic glass sheet or some other non-metal material to make a ring (a rubber washer or plastic ring could work as well)
Step 2: Tools You Will Need
You will need:
A soldering iron
Laser cutter (if you make your own ring)
Step 3: Measure Your Head
First, measure the circumference of your head from the middle of your forehead to the back of your head (about 20 inches), add 3 inches to the total measurement (about 26 inches) and cut the wire in half (about 13 inches) You will need 5 of these cut wires total.
String your beads on your jewelry wire.
Step 5: Laser Cut
You will need a .5'x.5' ring made of anything but metal. Laser cutting a piece of acrylic glass into the shape of the ring is one way to do this. You can also use a plastic washer or leather.
Step 6: Attach the Beaded Wire to the String
By folding the wire and twisting it over the ring attach all five, beaded wires to the ring; one on the top center of the ring and two on either side.
The couple of beaded wires on either side of the ring will be conducting electricity and will be soldered to your battery holder and LEDs. The top two wires will be your positive wires and the bottom two will be your ground wires.
Step 7: Attach the LEDs to Your Wires
Add beads to each leg of the LED light. This will keep the legs insulated and avoid any short circuit from occurring. Be sure all of the beads on the jewelry wire are tight with no gaps between the beads. If there are gaps your positive and ground wires could touch which would cause a short circuit.
Step 8: Add the LED
Measure 1.5 inches on either side of the ring. This is where you will attach your LED legs. Next, create a small hook at the end of each LED leg and attach it to the wire. Be sure to attach the positive LED leg to the top beaded wire (your positive wire) and your ground LED leg to the bottom wire (your ground wire).
Solder each leg to the beaded wires. Again, be sure no wires are exposed.
Step 9: Attached LEDs
This image shows what your lights will look like once attached to your beaded wire.
Step 10: Solder the Battery Holder
Finally, take the two positive beaded wires and solder them to the positive wire on your battery holder. Do the same with the negative wires and solder them to your negative wire. The top beaded wire can be soldered to either battery holder wire.
Step 11: Finished!
Your headdress is now made and ready to wear.