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USB Jewelry: USB Millefiori Gift Idea

Here is a great gift idea that includes a splash of tech…give the gift of millefiori glass with a USB stick tucked inside.  Granted, the picture is what caught my eye for this article, but the bottom line is that:  it IS a good gift idea.

USB millefiori

Personally an image like this might work even better…but who am I to judge.

usb drive clevageTo create the millefiori USB drive can be done in several simple steps.  If you haven’t heard of millefiori then let me tell you: Millefiori is a glass work technique which produces distinctive decorative patterns on glassware.  The term “millefiori” is a combination of the Italian words “mille” (thousand) and “fiori” (flowers).

The millefiori technique has been applied to polymer clays and other materials. Because polymer clay is quite pliable and does not need to be heated and reheated in order to fuse it, it is much easier to produce millefiori patterns than with glass.  And this is what we are going to do today.

In seven steps you can produce a nice looking USB necklece.  The detailed how-to is over at Instructables but here is the general idea.

Get a small USB flash drive and take it apart.  Get some polymer clay, such as Fimo Soft or Fimo Effect.  Prep the millefiori material into a cane like shape.  Include a core in the cane shape as this is where the USB stick will go.  Cut the cane so you have a body and copy for the USb drive.  Bake the millefiori [without the USB stick].  Remove the core, insert the USB stick and glue into place.  Attach a lanyard around the object to create the necklace…this is where you put on a nice lanyard for the close friend, or cheap lanyard for the mother-in-law.  Now wrap it all up and give it away.

For the complete USB tutorial, includes tools, methods and estimated costs jump to Instructables for the details.

Ref:  Wiki.

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