Valentines Day Project: Couples Tech-laces

Valentines day is just around the corner so in the spirit of the holiday and to keep myself busy in an attempt to avoid pity-consuming sickening amounts of chocolate whilst listening to Adele, I have constructed a project.

....Drumroll please!!
What could it be….the suspense!

I present to you….the wearable, totally-bearable, giant-Teddy-bear-comparable homemade gift for your significant other. A decoration-declaration of undying devotion and moderate technical skill. The latest in flashin’ flashion…The Couples Tech-laces20160212_145845

The Couples Tech-laces are two Perlers worn around the neck (via a beaded necklace) that share the unique ability to beat their hidden “hearts” when put together. Each device is constructed from a combination of Perler beads and basic electronic components.

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The secret behind the electronic sorcery.

This project takes about a hour to complete and can be done for under 20 dollars (less if you already own some of the materials!). Even if you don’t have a date this Valentines Day, this project is a excellent way to live vicariously through show your affection for your favorite couple!

All you need to make these.

  • Conductive metal (I used metal buttons that I cut up –it needs to be able to be cut by scissors)
  • Wires
  • Red LED (I got all my electronic components from the handy Analog Parts kit)
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Perler beads and board (if you don’t already own these its cheapest to buy as kit from your nearest craft store/online)
  • A clear plastic spoon/fork/knife
  • Ironing surface and iron
  • Hot Glue
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Triple A battery pack
  • Time between now and Valentines Day
  • Excess money not going toward flowers, chocolate or another human being

Check out my full Instructable here!

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About Miranda Hansen

I enjoy creative writing, engineering, thinking, building, exploring and sharing with people. Huge aficionado of spending time thinking about things that “don’t matter.” I am very interested in unconstrained creativity. I love cross-discipline ideas and all of their integration into complete original systems. And I like things that do things.

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