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    I made a bunch of LED beads today after work. I found that a novel way to solder a large number of beads together at once is to use sticky tape and needles to hold the crimps and LEDs in place.

    Soldering one side first, and then placing the other side works better than trying to solder both sides at once, and finally, surface tension will handle alignment problems for you if you're careful.


    GrrrrlE, MissionControl, grrrlie, and 12 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Spikenzie 68 months ago | reply

      Nice photo, cool idea!

    2. mikest 68 months ago | reply

      thanks! not sure who came up with it first, but I got the idea from leah buechely.

    3. grrrlie 68 months ago | reply

      nice!!! i want to make some of these!

    4. mikest 68 months ago | reply

      it's easy! i'll show you how :)

    5. CopperScaleDragon 68 months ago | reply

      I would love to know this technique myself. The LED part amazes me.

    6. grrrlie 68 months ago | reply

      i'm having lots of ideas of things to make with these... :)

    7. urinepublic 68 months ago | reply

      i like this. have you looked into capacitive touch ICs? you can make the LEDs turn on by touching an electrode.

    8. juandesant 68 months ago | reply

      Does it make you a geek to fave this? ;-)

    9. grrrlie 68 months ago | reply

      photo of twinkle necklace coming soon :)

    10. kamonmark 67 months ago | reply

      Where did you get your SMLEDs? I always seem to order them to small, but yours seem a great size.

    11. aajham 5 months ago | reply

      what beads and leds did you use? This is wonderful!

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