Introduction: LED Burlesque Pasties!

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This instructable will teach you how to make pasties with LED nipples. Obviously this is information you need to succeed in life!

First of all, thank you to clamoring for the original instructable! I followed her instructions to form the pasties, but made a few adjustments to add the LEDs. :D

The pasties are so simple to make that I figured it would be nice to add something else - hence the LED "nipples."

These are the first pair I've made and while they're not the greatest (sloppy sewing FTW!), I'm hoping you guys will help me improve them!

P.S. - You might not want to look any further if you're easily offended, scared of breasts and/or women, or at work. Just so we're clear. :D

Step 1: Ingredients!

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You will need:
  • craft foam (preferably black)
  • your choice of fancy fabric
  • craft glue (I used aleene's tacky glue)
  • thread to match fabric
  • needles
  • an x-acto knife
  • 5mm LEDs
  • two 2025 lithium batteries
  • patience and nipples!

Unlike the original project, grommets are not necessary. :D

Step 2: Nipple Fitting!

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This is really the trickiest part.

It can be hard to find the right size circle for your pasties, so you will probably be doing a lot of cutting. I used random circular objects lying around like soy sauce and vitamin bottles to help with measurements.

You will need four foam circles total - two large and two small. There will not be a lot of difference between the sizes - but the large one will need to be wide enough to accomodate the battery and LED - you'll see what I mean later!

Below are pictures of the shapes that I cut out of the foam - you can see I tried a lot of different ones before I got it right.

Once you find a circle that fits, make sure to make copies! You'll need them!

Make sure to reference the original instructable for help if you need it:

Step 3: Pacmans and Sewing.

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Clamoring recommended making your foam circles into pacman-like shapes, and that does seem to work the best. You just need to figure out how large you want to make the mouth.

The larger the mouth, the pointier the circle! I made smaller cuts on the bottom pasties, and larger ones on the top.

This will make the top more tented so that the LED and battery can rest in between the foam circles.

After you have the slits cut, sew them up!

It is important to note that I did not cut a hole in the bottom pastie - only a small one in the top for the LED to go through.

Step 4: Covering the Larger Pastie With Fabric.

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This is the pastie that will end up on top with the LED protruding from it.

I didn't bother with cutting a slit in my fabric because I had stretchy fabric. I just smeared glue liberally on the foam and then smoothed a square of fabric over it.

At this point, I began sewing the fabric to the pastie. Once that was done, I trimmed the excess fabric on the underside and the fabric over the hole in the foam was to open it up again.

I recommend doing this when you're fully awake. I had quite a hard time doing this in the middle of the night!

Step 5: Inserting the LED and Battery.

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Now you'll need to get the LED and battery to behave and sit where you want them to.

This does not work very well the majority of the time. Once you have them lying flat, you'll need to sew on the bottom pastie. I left a little pocket so that the LED and battery were easily accessed. The pocket is somewhat of a challenge - you'll need to make it wide enough for the battery to slide out, but tight enough so that you get a good connection between the LED and the battery.

This took a few tries.

Step 6: Finishing Up!

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Now you should have a completed LED pastie. Repeat this process with the second one and then go dance around topless in the dark somewhere! Put them on your cats! Stage a burlesque show in the privacy of your home!

Or... improve it. Which is what I'm hoping to do - here are some things I need to fix or want to add:
  • two layers of foam seems a bit thick. I think I need to do only one layer of foam, and secure the LED and battery using only a piece of fabric. This will take the place of the smaller piece of foam.
  • I bought fabric paint in the hopes that I could make these X-Men themed... I think a yellow X would go nicely with the black fabric!
  • Find a better way to adhere them.
  • Acquire smaller batteries. A 2025 is not big, but not small enough, either. It tends to protrude. :P
  • Sew in a less messy manner. I took a very quick and dirty approach with these - next time I'll have to do better!
  • See if 4mm LEDs will fit through the grommets I purchased. The 5mm were a bit too big, the 3mm much too small.
  • After a lot of reading - it looks like backing them with felt or vinyl will be better than foam. I'll have to try that next. :D


WayneEarl (author)2013-09-26

*sigh* What a wonderful Instructible....For those of us with a strong Y chromazome, we salute you. :-)

Anyways, I can confirm that men can, in fact, wear pasties, being of unsound mind but just about game to wear most anything to a Halloween costume party. One snag here - pasties seem not to stay put without very strong stage adhesive if one's chest is muscular. the line of the pectorial muscles contracting below the nipple seem to "pop"!the pasty straight out, which was very entertaining and almost won me the costume contest. Alas, i couldnt quite master shooting them at will, but not for lack of trying. ;-)

M.C. Langer (author)2013-09-24

LOL! This is brilliant!!

HollyMann (author)2013-01-24

this is so funny! I never saw this before. I am searching through ALL your isntructables looking for an older one you posted...about juice/fruit extraction..I have the worst memory but I will find it! :) Your kitties are awesome!

HollyMann (author)HollyMann2013-01-24

I just figured out it wasn't your instructable I was looking for..I found the right one though!

maltesergr8 (author)2012-08-15

Your kitties are very sweet, to let you dress them up... They are adorable! Thanks for sharing.


creativeoutlaw (author)2011-04-22

I'm working on a pastie design myself, and I think the best way to adhere them will be double sided carpet tape... you can get it by the roll at home depot and I've found it to be the easiest way to keep costume pieces on skin. It can be a bit painful to remove though, so be careful! :)

scavanger (author)2009-01-15

I have no need for pasties, but how could I resist clicking on this My only question, because I'm not well versed in matter of this sort, If a woman is wearing pasties, are led's required to attract attention? Great job, I'll be back to reread should the need present it self!

ChemGuy45 (author)2008-11-23

You should probably design an LED banana hammock... I mean if your an equal opportunity instructable writer haha. Although I suppose they could be unisex pasties huh? Something tells me they wouldn't be as good on me.

tallcan (author)2008-09-19

Well,you got my attention.

R4Man18 (author)2008-07-30

1 Buy parts. 2 Make pasties. 3 Convince my girl to wear them under shirt for giggles. 4 Convince my girl to wear them for me for fun. 5 ??? 6 Profit!

tubbychick3n (author)R4Man182008-08-14

haha, good luck.

arch_angel07 (author)2008-02-14

umm, you forgot an extremely important ingredient in your list, breasts, I was extremely peeved, when even the strongest of glues wouldn't keep these attached to my man chest.

Actually pay-sties can easily be worn by men. It has nothing to do with the shape of your chest.

John Smith (author)2008-05-16

I dont get it, hmmm i think we need more demonstration videos on how you put them on haha

nanonano58 (author)John Smith2008-06-23


Roxi (author)2008-05-20

where do you find these LED lights?

daffymommy (author)2008-02-08

I think it's an elbow.

I dont think it really matters what it is, but rather, how do you get them to sticK? Nice, yes, but theyd seem... iono. uncomfortable.

jongscx (author)daffymommy2008-02-12

or a very small bum...

bumpus (author)jongscx2008-04-26

cough* ( . )( . ) *cough

dabnabit (author)2008-02-18

Wouldn't a cat require more than two pasties?

Dungeonbrownies (author)dabnabit2008-05-10

i think itd be 6 or 8, but id certainly not want to see that many milk caps at once.

lilsideshowgirl (author)2008-02-17

I find that the best adhesive for pasties is actually waterproof eyelash glue. WAY less painful to remove than spirit gum!! ;) I totally want to try these out! They're hilarious!! Thanks for this one!!

Tool Using Animal (author)2008-02-08

two words, fibre optic tassels. that's three words, but um, I'm not thinking too clearly right now, we need a video. 0-:

*second* All in favor say aye!

amytaylo (author)2008-02-15

To All that WANT to know, take it from a retired professional. The best glue for pasties to stick to you body is elmers gluestick (actually any brand of kids gluestick will do). Sticks great and doesn't rip your skin off, but will still sting a little (but some people like that). Just glue up the inside edges of the pasties and stick on. Gluestick will not always hold up well in water, incase anyone is planning to wear pasties in the shower or pool. Love the Kittie porn LOL, it always feels good to laugh out loud first thing in the morning. Of course my husband wants to do it to our cats now.

Jeannie Marie (author)2008-02-14's a few tricks from a stagehand and a costumer builder: To greatly reduce the thickness, you could use a very thick sheet of paper, like bristol board for the outer pastie. Use a glue stick to prevent warping of the paper. Instead of overlapping and gluing, butt the cut edges together and join from underneath with a thinner piece of paper. Since holding small bits of paper still to dry is damn near impossible, its easier to glue one side, let it dry and then move the other into place. Also, there are acrylic sheets that can be purchased at the craft stores that could be used in the same fashion and have similar thickness. A stronger glue maybe needed. E600 is good but smelly. I know its seems like not sewing the edges would be a bad idea, but if you are gluing it down and then adding a felt, there's not much chance for fabric to fray. If using finer, thinner fabrics, use a liquid called Fraycheck. It will seal the edges of any fabric. This can be bought at any fabric store in the notions section. The felt backing will be great to use. Just make sure its polyester and not wool. Also, any sturdy satin with fraychecked edges, or even a strech(knit) fabric that doesn't fray would work nicely. As for attachment, hairpiece tape is magical stuff. I know how silly, but the stuff is made to keep meshy, shifty wigs stuck to greasy, sweaty foreheads. Breasts are much nicer places. In theatre, we use it to do quick changes between a bearded character to clean shaved ones. It aides in keeping dresses in place, bindis on foreheads, and leather masks suspended on actors faces. This can be purchased in precut strips or in rolls at a hair supply store. A good brand is topstick. I usually cut the strips into even smaller pieces to fit. It really doesn't take much. Test it. Hope this helps!

Ratz (author)2008-02-14

Well I feel like a right pillock! :) I never knew that these "nipple armour" things were actually called pasties. Where I am from pasties are a form of delicious meat filled pastry... Well brings new meaning to the children's rhyme "Simple Simon met a Pie-man..." ;)

indiegoober (author)Ratz2008-02-14

boob pasties are pronounced differently they sound like pay-sties not p-ah-sties (like your scared)

crapflinger (author)2008-02-08

isn't "kittie porn" illegal in the US? har har!

Brennn10 (author)crapflinger2008-02-11

I believe that jessy is over the age of 18.

"Kittie" as in cats...a play on words of "kiddie" as in kids.

I'm not sure whether you got crap's joke or not

Ohhh, yea I missed the "tt". I was used to the term "kiddie" porn because recently girls in 9th grade were exposing themselves and sending the pictures to their boyfriends.

Doctor What (author)crapflinger2008-02-08

As long as you claim it is for religious purposes. :)

T3h_Muffinator (author)2008-02-10

Oh dear - I'm surprised Weiss isn't all over this one. Nice job - for some reason a few months ago someone mentioned pasties and I was thinking the same thing (w/ LEDS)... but I never imagined that anyone would ever make them. In terms of batteries.. I know the point of pasties is to well.. expose as much as possible, but what about some conductive thread routed through a bra or corset with "donut holes"? Then the batteries could be off site and it would make for a better fit, perhaps? Anyhow, I solute you! (while trying to convince myself that last picture is your knee)

Thanks so much, Josh. It's good to know what you really think of me.


clamoring (author)2008-02-13

You're in the lead in the Share the Love contest! w00t!

Chewy2634 (author)2008-02-11

i hope you dont think im a perve or anything. if you do im srry

Rob K (author)2008-02-10

Use a white LED then you have headlights. +1

Neelie (author)2008-02-10

Isn't this an insult to cats?

clamoring (author)2008-02-10
wurx (author)2008-02-10

Cool, but i think you need to make 6 more?

zachninme (author)2008-02-09

Pass my sympathies onto Miss Jade Pants and her sideways probelm.

And congrats for finnally getting... pictures on the internet!

FreakCitySF (author)2008-02-09

need some action shots, zoom out ;)

drummonkey92 (author)2008-02-08

wow! i actualy thought this was gonna be about mildly pornographic light up cornish pasties!!! haha i didnt no that was what u call those things!! n for the record i dont think it is a knee coz theres hair in the background lol!

Doctor What (author)2008-02-08

Great instructable!!! BTW, just an Idea, try putting a button to turn it on and off. (favorited) (+) I don't think my mom would like to see me run around the house with these on...

Danny (author)2008-02-08

Is that 4th picture of your knee?

gmoon (author)2008-02-08

Oh no! "Kitty porn!" ;-) Good job. I wonder if the smaller 'button' batteries could be integrated into the design? Like three in a radial pattern (you could fill in the gaps with similar-sized sequins, or something...)

KentsOkay (author)2008-02-08

Just when I thought the world had gone dark I see some one with LED's in very interesting area... WOOHOO that's a + !

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