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How to get the cute geeks to talk to you at this year's holiday party?
A groovalicious eTextile blinky-blink party tutu!

SImple, fast, fun and effective eTextile project for just about anyone.


Step 1: Gather Your Parts

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TuTu - ready made or make one yourself
Aniomagic button schemer
Aniomagic lightboards - I ordered 3 sets of 5 light boards in Red, Green and White
Conductive thread - I used 4 ply stainless with 14 ohm resistance
3V battery
scissors
tape
multimeter
alligator clips


Step 2: Sew the button schemer to the tutu

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Thread your needle with conductive thread.
Be sure the needle fits thru the holes on your electronic parts.

Sew the positive and negative traces that will connect to your power source.

Step 3: Sew lightboards to the tutu

Sew the lightboards to the tutu following the pattern you have designed.

Each board is marked with a series of dots indicating the boards address.
This address determines how that specific LED will respond to the program.
All lightboards with three dots behave the same way.  As will all ones, twos, fours and fives.
Sew the lightboards in any location or sequence on the traces for your specific design.
Just be sure the dots always align with the positive trace.

This is whats so great about this product.
You can mix and match the lightboards colors and address on one set of traces.
Seriously, Aniomagic's products are so simple it is like the Apple of wearable computers.

Step 4: Connect the 3V battery

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Because I am using this tutu for a performance the battery needs to be easily and frequently accessible.

I simply taped the conductive thread directly to the battery.
This is not a long term solution, but will do for the performance and rapid battery changes.

 
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WHOA! thats hot for any holiday!
ax4 years ago
 You look absolutely great!!!
FUN and Funky! Love it
This is sweet - I did a similar project, but instead of leds, I used a solar powered string of lights. I was so glad not to need batteries. But then again, leds last a long time, anyway.
protocolZA4 years ago
Damn, i would even wear that ( yes, I am a Guy, but its just awesome! )
Lynne Bruning (author)  protocolZA4 years ago
Waiting for the pics!!
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seriously - you can place these electronic parts in any piece of clothing, toy, hat whatever.  They are small, simple and most of all fun!  Give it a go, all the geeky girls will talk to you!  ;)
strangebike4 years ago
I love these ideas they really do make me want to make some myself but more for my wife then for me.
Awesome and super cute you've got great legs they really set off rara skirts
Lynne Bruning (author)  strangebike4 years ago
Thanks!
Happy that I can inspire you.
Lynne Bruning (author) 4 years ago
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Sounds great. But it's in Denver :(
Lynne Bruning (author) 4 years ago
Thanks for the comments!

This project is so fun and simple its a great way to introduce kids to wearable electronics and basic programing. 

Have fun with it and enjoy sharing the light.

pppv
Love, love, love this; it's super cute!
wow what a great idea i love it! :D