To make this piece, I first set 2 orange LEDs and a blue LED on black perfboard, with current-limiting resistors and an ATtiny85 chip to control the lighting pattern. The chip is set in a socket so it can be removed for reprogramming, if desired. The orange lights flicker like a flame behind a vintage, Soviet nixie tube. A third blue LED gently pulsates above the nixie tube, casting an ethereal hue down through the glass. The board was then fitted with a removable wire-wrapped frame, upon which a vast array of upcycled stainless steel watch parts were woven in several layers-- first plates, then gears and finally accent beads, on top. Seven glossy hematite beads, set in Sterling silver bead caps complete the otherworldly look of the piece. This is LED jewelry on a whole new level!
The circuitry is sealed in a combination of hot glue and electrical tape to keep out dirt/moisture, while affording access, should that ever be needed. The wire-wrapped frame may also be removed (by unscrewing the two nuts & bolts at the top of the frame) to make cleaning easier. Please bear in mind, however that this piece is not waterproof and moisture should be avoided.
The pendant comes wired directly to a black leather/silicone electrical wire necklace. I set a micro-USB port near the clasp at the back of the necklace, where you can plug in a power supply. This necklace comes with a 2-coin cell CR2032 holder for shorter periods of wear (~10 hours) and your choice of either alkaline battery pack or rechargeable power bank with holster that lasts about 8 days continuously on 3 AAA batteries (longer on 4xAAA/3xAA/power bank). The belt shown in the photos is not included.
This piece comes in a futuristic metal box, with custom-fitted foam inserts to protect this edgy and very precious piece of art. It also ships fully-insured and with international tracking, for your convenience and peace of mind. I also include a clip-on charm with QR code (shown) so you can contact me easily.
No more lame glow-in-the-dark, costume jewelry! THIS shines brightly and WILL get you noticed!
*Coin is shown for scale and will not be included with the jewelry. Belt shown on the mannequin dress form is also not included.
**Comes with a signed certificate of authenticity, filled in & signed by the artist; photo of the piece & materials are listed on the reverse side of the card. There is also a little surprise when you push the button!
***All measurements were taken without the battery inserted.