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Make an Electric Octopus Badge!

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This tutorial will show you how to assemble a Badge Kit. The Badge Kit is unique in that it uses a piece of cardboard which has been pre-printed with Bare Paint in the shape of a jaunty octopus with a hat. Your job is to poke some holes and attach a couple of components using Bare Paint as a cold solder. This is a fairly straightforward kit and we'd expect you to have your octopus bliking (or changing color) in 30 minutes (including drying time). Have fun!

**If you don't have the kit, all you need is some conductive paint, battery & LED's. You can make your own drawing and watch it glow!
 
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Step 1: Components

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The parts that you'll need:

1 x Bare Paint Pen (or any conductive paint to draw a circuit with)

2 x Octopus Badge (or any circuit drawing of your own)

2 x Badge Pins with stick back

2 x Coin Cell Batteries

1 x Blinking LED

1 x Color Change LED

**If you like you can get all these components as a kit from our online shop otherwise feel free to improvise!!

Step 2: Tools

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Having a couple of tools will make the job easier. We'd suggest a pair of side cutters to clip the legs off of the LED's and something like an eyeglasses screwdriver to poke a hole in the cardboard.

Step 3: Step 1 - Making the holes

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The first step is to poke holes in the cardboard so you can put the legs of the battery and LED through. Make sure to poke the holes on top of the + and - symbols. Make sure to remember which side is + and which side is - (hint, the right side is +).

Step 4: Step 2 - Inserting the LED

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Put the LED through the badge with the positive leg (the longer one) on the right and bend the legs back.

In the photo above you can see the legs of the LED bent back. We do this so that the component is strain relieved. This way if your badge falls off or someone bumps it the LED will stay attached.
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DoctorDv2 years ago
Is there a way to add a mini switch so you can change between on and off?
-Doctordv
BareConductive (author)  DoctorDv2 years ago
You could definitely incorporate a switch if you wanted to add this function! :)
If not, then wouldn't the light stay on until the battery runs out?

-Doctordv
BareConductive (author)  DoctorDv2 years ago
Yes! If you just left it on it should probably run for about 5 days though (because the LEDs use up so little poer).

However, one of the advantages of the paint is that it works as a cold solder so you could easily replace the battery if you want to keep using it! You can just pull it out, and pin a new one in!
BareConductive (author)  DoctorDv2 years ago
Yes! If you just left it on it should probably run for about 5 days though (because the LEDs use up so little poer).

However, one of the advantages of the paint is that it works as a cold solder so you could easily replace the battery if you want to keep using it! You can just pull it out, and pin a new one in!