Intro: Resistor Click Wheel Earrings
So I was trying to find something for my girlfriend for her birthday but wasn't having much luck. She loves jewelry, but I always get her jewelry so I was trying to think of something different. She is pretty crafty and I know it would mean a lot if I were to make something for her, so I decided to take a shot at making some earrings.
Being the electrical engineering student I am, there was no way that these were going to be your everyday false jewel ridden earrings. I had to add my own touch. My first idea was to use just some resistors like beads. Honestly the only reason that I didn't do that was because I didn't have enough resistors that were a color more interesting than dark green. So I had to come up with a new idea. I had seen some pictures of small circuit boards made into earrings. I thought that was a great idea so I started digging in my draws for some. All I could find was some broken ipod nanos which had very sharp circuit boards. Having no way to grind them down, this was a no go. Then I saw the click wheels and voila.
I'd really like this instructable to give people ideas for a similar project as much as a step by step for this one.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials.
- Earring backs (I got mine from a $5 pair from target, came with 3 pairs of earring so not too bad of a deal)
- Resistors, preferably an attractive color (ohms of your choice)
- Click wheel, just the plastic part you can peel the circuit right off (I had some old nanos laying around, don't ask, if you don't have any click wheels then you may want to try something else interesting in place of them.
- Small wire cutters
- Small pliers
- Soldering iron and solder (optional)
- Small screwdriver (or something else that could be used to bore a hole)
Step 2: Make the Hole.
First thing to do is to bore the hole in the click wheel. I just used a screwdriver you can probably use any number of things.
Step 3: Resistor
Next thread the resistor through the hole you just made and bend it back around. Make sure that it is threaded loosely enough so that the click wheel can move around freely. Then wrap the excess back around and press it in with the pliers.
Step 4: Attach the Earring Back
Now you need to attach the other end of the resistor to the earring back. Just thread it through as before but this time don't wrap it all around. Make a loop and cut off the excess.
Step 5: Finish Up
This last part is somewhat optional. I soldered over the two wrapped around ends to avoid the sharp cut edges cutting the wearer. You don't really have to do this, but if you have a soldering iron and you aren't a train wreck with it, this wouldn't be a bad idea.