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I love how the dangly parts move with you, and they look just like real coral!

This necklace was inspired by The Little Mermaid - one of my favorite movies. I love how the dangly parts move with you, and they look just like real coral!

Customizing your app:
- Making the herringbone chains out of more tan resistors (instead of blue) for a more neutral look.
- Add a herringbone cluster every 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm) throughout the necklace.
- Attach only one herringbone cluster at the center, but make it super long.


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Kilobyte Couture: Geek Chic Jewelry to Make from Easy-to-Find Computer Components by Brittany Forks

Published by Potter Craft

Let your geek flag fly with 25 jewelry projects made from . . . wow, computer components?!

• It’s techie, it’s indie . . . and it’s all DIY

• Resistors, capacitors, head on down to Radio Shack!

• Jewelry and accessories like keychains, ID chains, Wii charms

Kilobyte Couture is all about thinking outside the box by using things meant to be inside the box—the computer box, that is: resistors, capacitors, shiny things. Those parts that are never meant to be seen can be turned into earware, neckware, wristware, everyware, and geekery like keychains, bookmarks, ID chains, even Wii charms to identify your own Wiimote. Author Brittany Forks, a college senior and self-confessed geek, explains all the components and techniques needed to create geek bling. Most items can be found at Radio Shack or online, so no actual computers need be harmed—a big relief to anyone in the nerd herd! Forks’s fun items showcase the smallest elements of technogadgets, upcycling them into pretty, surprising jewelry. Easy to make and easy on the eyes, kilobyte couture is a killer app.

© 2015 Brittany Forks / Potter Craft · Reproduced with permission.


  1. 1

    Take all the tan resistors and trim all the leads to about 54 inch (1.3 cm). Then loop the ends with your round-nose pliers.

  2. How to make a shell necklace. Digital Coral Necklace - Step 2 2

    Chain all the tan resistors together. randomly spacing the medium ones throughout. Stop when the chain is 18 inches (45.5 cm) long.

  3. 3

    Fasten the toggle clasp components at each end of the chain.

  4. How to make a shell necklace. Digital Coral Necklace - Step 4 4

    Take the blue resistors and cut one lead completely off each one, then trim the remaining lead to about 16 inch (1.3 cm), Loop all the ends with round-nose pliers.

  5. How to make a shell necklace. Digital Coral Necklace - Step 5 5

    Make three "herringbone" chains with the blue resistors, following the pattern in the illustration. Be sure your loops are small enough that the resistors don't slight right through. I've suggested using 20 to 25 small blue resistors to divide into three herringbone chains; the final count is up to you.

  6. How to make a shell necklace. Digital Coral Necklace - Step 6 6

    Attach the longest herringbone blue chain at the exact center of your tan resistor chain. Position and attach the other two blue chains about 136 inches (3.8 cm) apart on either side of the center.

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Carmy B
Carmy B · Bristol, England, GB · 2 projects

I'm definitely going to keep all of those resistors I ruin whilst soldering...

Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects

awesome idea to use resitors that are unusable!!! love this , like to be green;-D LOL

emmilou p.
emmilou p. · Wallasey, England, GB · 11 projects

wow!!...i ripped all the resistors out of our broken tumble dryer and have been waiting to get more so i could make something with them... O.o
this is really lovely ^_^

Nancy! · Shawinigan, Quebec, CA · 62 projects

very pretty! perfect for the summer Happy


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