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When I was in college, almost all of my classes included a lab component in addition to the lecture. Many of these labs focused around building circuits (some classmates and I even built our own electronic version of Mastermid in one class)! I still have many of these components left over but my circuit building is left at work and I no longer need all these capacitors and resistors.
I knew that there had to be something else I could do with these components and decided to make some earrings out of them. The electrical components are colorful and somewhat look like beads with wires attached.
Upcycled Resistor Earrings
These earrings are made out of only a couple items.
Materials & Tools:
The through hole resistors have long leads which can be curled in order to create the loops to connect each other. I used pliers to create a loop then threaded the next resistor through this loop and curled it to connect them to each other. Use the wire cutters on the pliers to trim the excess leads.
For my earrings, I did two resistors per earring since I like simpler jewelry; however, these could easily be built into more intricate designs.
Energizer® is also interested in recycling electronic components. The Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ are the world’s first AA battery made with 4% recycled batteries. We live in a world where just about everything plugs in or uses batteries; previously, this battery material had no use once it was depleted and just took up space when they were dead. Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ batteries come in AA and AAA sizes.
Since I’m always at Target I picked up some batteries while I was there to power my AA and AAA devices. I found the on all of the battery displays throughout the store.
I think it is time to dig through the rest of my old college equipment and see what else I can find to upcycle!
What devices do you use that could utilize some Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ batteries?