Jell-O has always seemed like a questionable member of the food family to me. It strikes me as the likely crayon-colored offspring of playdough and slime. But these things that make me a skeptical consumer of Jell-O, also make it very appealing for artistic purposes.
As part of my work exploring the juxtaposition of the organic and the mechanical, I created jewelry from Jell-O, LEDs, and bicycle parts. I experimented with various conductive materials before using wire and tinfoil for the circuits powered by a 3V battery built into the jewelry. After some modification to the initial Jell-O jiggler recipe, my first round of prototypes had reasonable structural integrity. I hope to continue this work by looking into the durability of e-Jello jewelry, Jell-O as a sensor, and Jell-O molds integrating motors, buzzers, and similar electronics.