This beautiful necklace took me by surprise on Instructables recently. It looks like glowing quartz crystals, but it’s actually made of bathroom tiles and NeoPixels. The folks at Urban Outfitters better keep their eyes on Magztaylor, creator extraordinaire. To construct the necklace, tiles were actually pulled off from an adhesive style tile backsplash, and then mounted using a heat bond quilt batting and canvas.
As far as electronics, this is an Adafruit love story. A GEMMA microcontroller controls the individual NeoPixels, which were stitched using conductive thread. In the picture below you can see the stitching, but later batting is placed on top, covering the stitches so they aren’t seen through the tiles, and also adding some beautiful diffusion for the NeoPixels.
One of my favorite parts about this build is the story about not giving up hope. At one point, Magztaylor had to contend with a broken battery and later she had a light sensor that she just couldn’t get to work. It’s true that in every project there is always something that seems overwhelming, but you either deal with it or move on. You could argue you need a working battery, but the light sensor? I think the necklace stands just fine on its own. So, just remember, don’t let the little things get you down, just keep making. Oh yeah, and if you feel like making some bling in a short amount of time, try our NeoPixel Pendant or Earrings. Then go out to your fave restaurant in style.
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