Plan your Circuit

Our circuit contains an LED, a battery, and a magnetic reed switch. The reed switch is triggered by magnets. From the outside the switch looks like a plastic box, but inside there are two pieces of metal sitting slightly apart. When a magnet is nearby, the metal pieces move and make contact, completing the circuit.

 

 

 

 

Attach your Components

Attach your Batteryboard to the conductive tape using your paper fasteners. You will need to pierce through the paper and the conductive tape. Open the legs of the paper fasteners to secure them.

 

 

 

 

 

Prep

Print the provided templates, onto the paper you would like to use. Cut out one large gem and one small gem along the solid lines only.

Cut conductive fabric tape into 6 pieces each 1 inch long.

Next you will bend the legs of the LED. Start with the short leg of the LED, also known as the cathode. This is the negative side of the LED which will connect “-” side of the Batteryboard. Bend this leg at a 90 degree angle to the bulb of the LED.

Attach Conductive Tape

Lay your circuit out on the inside of your large gem. Your conductive tape may lay across the folds indicated by the dotted lines, but do not place components on the dotted lines or your gem will not fold correctly. Attach the first layer of conductive tape by peeling the back and placing it under where the component will go.

Make sure these pieces do not touch each other. Do not tape down the components yet. 

 

 

Place your LED on top of the conductive tape. Make sure the bent anode of the LED is connected to the side of the battery board marked “+”. Attach a new piece of conductive tape so that the bent leg of the LED is sandwiched between conductive tape.

Place your reed switch so that it’s on top of the conductive tape and in between the “-” side of the Batteryboard and the cathode of the LED. On the side connected to the Batteryboard, place a new piece of conductive tape so that the leg of the reed switch is sandwiched in between conductive tape.

Then place the last piece of conductive tape over the remaining legs of the LED and reed switch.

Test your Circuit

At this point you can insert your battery into the Batteryboard. Make sure the “+” faces up to match the “+” on the Batteryboard. Hold your magnet next to the reed switch. Your LED should light up!

If your LED does not light up:

  1. Check that your battery has enough charge to power the LED! If you have a voltmeter you can make sure the battery is above 2.5 volts.
  2. Check that the correct leg of your LED is connected to the battery.
  3. Check that your positive and negative connections do not cross or touch.
  4. Check that your components are secured in place by the conductive tape and paper fasteners.

You may want to add more conductive tape to fix weak connections.

Attach the Magnet

Glue your magnet to the inside of the small gem. When the glue is dry, mark an “x” on the outside of the gem so that you’ll know where it is once the gem is closed.

Fold your gems

 Glue or tape the gems shut using the paper tabs.

Bring your gems together

And watch them magically light up!