Making Your Own Vintage Light Meter Necklace


Flaunting your passion for all things analogue is always a good thing, especially if you made it yourself. Here's a quick way to transform an old light meter into an exquisite necklace!

An old light meter

Back in the 40’s and the 50’s, handheld light meters were all the rage. Leaving your exposures to guess work was a fool’s errand, thus the need for these selenium powered contraptions. Sadly, these meters do not stand the test of time and better, more accurate meters are used today.

What’s one to do with it then? Throw them away? Of course not! One of the ways you can repurpose these old light meters is to create jewelry out of it. Try to buy a couple of old meters in flea markets and gut them. Just get the disc, drill a small hole on it, and slide it in one of your necklaces. Looks good, right?

Photos from Ariel Telsa

written by cruzron on 2013-08-21 in #gear #tipster #light-meter #vintage #diy #tipster #crafts


  1. coldkennels
    coldkennels ·

    Or - and this is just a thought - you could leave the damn thing alone and let someone else use it for its proper purpose.

    The best thing about these old meters is that actually they're amazingly reliable and repairable. Even one with a bad selenium cell can, at best, be bought back to life fairly easily. At worst, they can provide parts to salvage someone else's meter. And when you know what you're doing, they're often perfectly reliable and usable. I have used a handheld Weston selenium meter from the 1950s for years and will continue to do so.

    So hey, if you want to butcher something to hang something around your neck, choose something that's still in production and replacable. May I recommend the front ring from a Diana?

  2. jakemasa
    jakemasa ·

    Well said @coldkennels

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