November 11, 2015 AT 5:00 am

A Bespoke OLED Photo Fob #WearableWednesday


My Twitterverse is getting weirder every day. Recently someone followed me, and when I went to check out their feed I found this awesome project, which is based on the tutorial I created for the Steampunk Cameo OLED necklace. Coincidence? Basically Susan Lively Klug made my day by creating her own photo fob with revolving pics. We had an awesome DM exchange and here’s the dets on what she did, including her improvements.

Susan soldered long wires onto a Pro Trinket microcontroller rather than tiny ones to connect the OLED display, which makes things a lot easier. If you use silicone wires, they will tuck up quite nicely into a small package, like this pocket watch style jewelry finding. She also added a LiPoly backpack to make charging the battery easy peasy. The addition of a tactile switch allows for an easy on/off, too, since unplugging batteries can be bothersome.


Susan also spent a good amount of time tweaking her pic designs, which really work well with the steampunk fob motif. They almost have a Victorian flair. My fave part is the extra adornments of scrolled metal and pearls—très jolie! The only thing left on Susan’s to-do list is to add a protective backing, which is something I was also struggling with. Anyway, enough with the chatter, take a look at the finished piece.

Working with electronics in small spaces like jewelry is always challenging, and I really admire Susan’s thoughtful improvements on this Trinket/OLED combo. The cool thing is this concept works well for almost any holiday. It makes me wonder what a snow globe theme would look like. I’m sure you are already getting ideas for what pics you would choose, so why not order your parts and get moving on this project. Check out the Steampunk Cameo OLED tutorial and you can make a personalized gift for your partner in time for the holidays. Hack on!


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