For this project, I was inspired by my best friend. She had been wanting some disco-fabulous armor-inspired wearable technology for music festivals and costume parties for some time. I took a pair of construction/gardening knee-pads and turned them into glitterific shoulder pads that shine bright with 50 LEDs that are Arduino controlled!

This project was super fun to make! SO SPARKLY!

Step 1: Materials and Tools

All of the components I used were purchased from Radioshack, or the Hardware store


60-Ft. UL-Recognized Hookup Wire (20 AWG) (Radioshack Part no. 278-1225) x1
9V Battery Clip (Radioshack Part no. 270-324) x1
12V Battery Clip (Radioshack Part no. 270-405) x1
Arduino Micro (Radioshack Part no. 276-258) x1
Solder (Radioshack Part no. 64-009) x1
Grid Style PCB with 371 Holes (Radioshack Part no. 276-149) x1
Dual-General Purpose IC PC Board (Radioshack Part no. 276-159) x1
NTE30043 Blue Super-bright LED Indicator (Radioshack Part no. 55050631) x24
NTE30045 White Super-bright LED Indicator (Radioshack Part no. 55050633) x24
SPST 3-Amp "Soft-Feel" Push On-Push Off Switch (Radioshack Part no. 275-1565) x1
Momentary Switch (Radioshack Part no. 275-609) x1
+5V Fixed Voltage Regulator/Transistor (Radioshack Part no. 276-1770) x2
Enercell® 23A 12V Alkaline Battery for Remote Controls (Radioshack Part no. 23-336) x1
Enercell® "9V" Alkaline Batteries (4-Pack) (Radioshack Part no. 23-866) x1
500-Piece 1/4-Watt Carbon-Film Resistor Assortment (Radioshack Part no. 271-312) x1

Bon 12-309 Superlight Molded Rubber Foam Waterproof Knee Pads
TEKTON 6235 Assorted Cable Ties, 200-Piece
Scrap Denim Fabric
Krylon K02329000 Fusion For Plastic Aerosol Spray Paint, 12-Ounce, Patriotic Blue
3M 77 Super Multipurpose Adhesive Aerosol, Clear 16.75 Oz. Aerosol Can
Clear Gloss Spray Lacquer
Sulyn 4 oz. Glitter Jar - Royal
Velcro Reusable Self-Gripping Ties, 0.5 Inches x 8 Inches, Black/Gray, 50 Ties per Pack (90924)
50 - 1 Inch Heavy Welded Dee Rings

Sewing Machine
Soldering Iron
Wire Snips/Strippers
Drill and various bits

this so detailed wonderful job. (slow hand clap) not being sarcastic this is super bad ass and you explained it extremely thoroughly
<p>These are so cool! :)</p>
Very fun, I always like to see how people get creative with &quot;wearable&quot; electronics. Your project is neat, I especially like the ability to cycle through different lighting patterns. I don't know if you are familiar with the adafruit website (adafruit.com). They have different projects available as well as a &quot;wearable&quot; electronics section. You might like to check them out . Thanks for posting.
Nice result but your choice of LEDs seems a little expensive ( 2*24 @ 1.5$ == 72$). Sometimes you cant beat local if you want to start the project pronto but there are very cheap alternatives online that can be explored by the more budget restrained makers.
So cool!
I love the pictures of Renee! These are still the coolest.
effin fantastic! love it!

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