Neck Aglow with LED Leaf #WearableWednesday


You may remember the Ugly Reactorflake Sweater, a holiday inspired project by Alex “Merlin” Glowaski. Well, Alex is at it again with another cool project–a glowing leaf necklace. This cool neck decoration was inspired by some light inspired parties going on in San Fran. Given the current blah weather, I’m thinking any form of light is a good idea!

Alex is not one to just let a project go; she likes to tweak and improve things, and this necklace is no different. It started as a simple soldered wire art piece that was powered by a coin cell taped in place between the two main wires. It was time for a change, and Alex happened to have a TinyDuino in the house already set with the classic “blink” program. Needless to say, the Tiny became a happy fit for the necklace, enabling more possibilities.


Alex did mention one downside with the new setup; she can’t just put the necklace on over her head anymore. However, if you look at her write-up at Hackster.io, you can account for the soldered connections and lengthen the wires to make it work for you. Something to keep in mind is the issue of conductive wires touching skin, which you could fix with some clear tape in certain areas. The best case would be to use speaker wire that’s coated for areas touching the skin, or our silicone wire, which is really flexible and comes in a variety of colors. Either way, I really like the classic LEDs and simple wire shape used for this piece.


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