Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sewing with LEDs

LED stands for "light- emitting diode". I recently made some copper jump rings and soldered them to surface- mount LEDs to produce lights that can be sewn onto textiles, using conductive thread. I was inspired by Leah Buechley's article in the first issue of Craftzine.
I removed some insulation from a copper wire and coiled the metal into a spiral around the shaft of a tiny screwdriver.
I careully snipped through the wires of the coil to create individual jump rings.
I flattened the copper rings with pliers and soldered them to the sides of the LEDs.
More soon!

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