Circuit board tie tack
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I wished I had seen this article before it was too late for the Christmas season! That is what I get for delaying my email. Maybe next year!
Isn't the jewelry in item 6 made of transistors rather than resistors? Resistors only have two leads, while transistors have three...
Some of the later objects (the ones with tightly clustered surface mounted components) remind me of the critter sculptures made of electronic components featured in Honeywell advertizments back in the '70s. They gave 'em to favored customers too: The last time I was there, a component covered sculpture of the school mascot was still promently displayed in the administrative offices of my alma mater's computer center. And that is despite the fact that their last Honeywell computer was hauled off a good twenty years ago.
As most circuit boards are made using glass-fibre matting and epoxy, hanging unsealed board fragments around your neck might not be such a good idea.
I have from Siemens, a pcb that was converted into a clock -- and have used it for many years with lots of comments. I also have a 486DX50 tie tack from Intel (yes it was a unique die) and a Pentium I key fob. All are very sharp looking and remind me of where we were.
I feel that PCB's are esthetically pleasing in their own right and shouldnt be hidden away, love the use of clear plastic shells for Computer boxes, usb and phones if RF Shielding is not a concern.
More than a few of these look like they would be painful to wear "especially the first set of necklaces" and some possibly hazardous to someone who might come into accidental conduct with the wearer.