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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 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.


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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 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.

34 review for Kilobyte Couture: Geek Chic Jewelry to Make from Easy-to-Find Computer Components

  1. 5 out of 5

    MissM

    *March 12, 2009* I can't believe I won the copy for this here on goodreads! I look forward to receiving it and reading it. Winning this book is rather ironic since I'm a jewelry designer and it's definitely a topic of interest for me! *March 17, 2009* Ok, I've received the book and had a chance to leaf through it. First of all, congrats to the author for her first book. It looks very nice, with bright, clear photographs and nice typesetting. I've been a jewelry designer for about five years now, so *March 12, 2009* I can't believe I won the copy for this here on goodreads! I look forward to receiving it and reading it. Winning this book is rather ironic since I'm a jewelry designer and it's definitely a topic of interest for me! *March 17, 2009* Ok, I've received the book and had a chance to leaf through it. First of all, congrats to the author for her first book. It looks very nice, with bright, clear photographs and nice typesetting. I've been a jewelry designer for about five years now, so for me, the book was a little too simplistic. I already know how to make earrings and bracelets in general, so beyond the materials used, nothing in it was new to me personally. That said however, the book would be wonderful for someone who's never made jewelery before. If you are new to the entire idea of making your own custom pieces, and like a geeky chic look, this would be an ideal book for you! The projects are very approachable and would be a great starting place for people interesting in learning how to get started.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kelly H. (Maybedog)

    When I was in high school, radio shack actually sold radio components in its stores and my best friend and I decided to make jewelry out of it. There was little to choose from as to color and types of components. Apparently the selection hasn't changed a whole lot. There are more colors, but I suspect there were always more available via mail order even back then. It's not like it was the dark ages... The designs in here aren't particularly inspired but if you've never thought about using resisto When I was in high school, radio shack actually sold radio components in its stores and my best friend and I decided to make jewelry out of it. There was little to choose from as to color and types of components. Apparently the selection hasn't changed a whole lot. There are more colors, but I suspect there were always more available via mail order even back then. It's not like it was the dark ages... The designs in here aren't particularly inspired but if you've never thought about using resistors or capacitors in jewelry and you're a little bit of a geek (or know a female on since all the designs except for a key fob I think are for women), or just trying something different, it could be a fun book. If none of that describes you, I don't think this is for you. 2.5 stars rounded up for ingenuity

  3. 4 out of 5

    BAYA Librarian

    “Geek chic is a movement that focuses on taking uncool or ‘nerdy’ things and making them 100% cute.” Author Brittany Forks claims her geekdom while claiming that she grew up reading Seventeen as well. She has provided a range of easy to hard projects, with thoughtful names and descriptions, in a beautifully arranged, easy to digest book. Included is a parts breakdown, a section on tips for finding components for creations, and suggestions for how to make each project your own. I would recommend “Geek chic is a movement that focuses on taking uncool or ‘nerdy’ things and making them 100% cute.” Author Brittany Forks claims her geekdom while claiming that she grew up reading Seventeen as well. She has provided a range of easy to hard projects, with thoughtful names and descriptions, in a beautifully arranged, easy to digest book. Included is a parts breakdown, a section on tips for finding components for creations, and suggestions for how to make each project your own. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in jewelry, crafts, do-it-yourself, and most definitely to computer nerds who want to represent.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I was a bit disappointed in this book as I was looking to actually take apart old computers to use as a way of upcycling, but the authors discourage this due to poisonous compounds used when fusing together computer parts. They suggest buying the parts to use for jewelry at a computer store, which sort of defeats the purpose. I thought many of the pieces were cute but I will never go to a computer store to buy those parts.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mortira

    The projects in Kilobyte Couture are cute, simple, and explained in detail, which makes this book perfect for beginners. There are a wide variety of designs to try, and some of the more unusual projects are actually quite appealing. Advanced beaders will likely be bored with the repitition of techniques and materials throughout the book, though.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Great ideas for recycling tiny computer parts!

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