Introduction: Movember Beard Furry
Women hate Movember.
But that doesn't make it any less noble of a cause.
Per the Movember website, "Prostate cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in men in the United States," and "Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged 15 - 35 years," among other important statistics about men's health. In order to bring continued awareness about the Movember Foundation and in turn, men's health, we found a human truth about Movember and built a project around it.
Most women grow attached to the beards of their significant others. But they aren't so fond of mustaches. Using modern technology, we built a cute furry animal to help these women cope with their favorite facial hair ensemble being gone for the month of November – the Beard Furry.
The Beard Furry is a cuddly animal born out of the ashes of a man's beard clippings. When petted heavily, the Beard Furry purrs, just like a cat, except without the sassy attitude.
Below are the instructions for how to build your own. The total build time is about 2 hours, with sewing taking the most time. If you feel it within your heart, please donate to the Movember Foundation at http://us.movember.com/donate.
Step 1: Your Materials
- 1 sheet of faux fur
- 2 alligator clips
- 1 buzzer node
- 2 AAA batteries
- 1 LED light
- Jumper wire
- Soldering wire
- Soldering kit
- Sewing needles
- Electrical tape
- Conductive fabric
- Conductive thread
- Battery pack with positive/negative wires
- Wire stripper
Step 2: Cut Your Beard
Measure how big you want your Beard Furry to be and cut it out of your faux fur sheet. It should be at least 5 inches by 8 inches in order to completely hold the circuit.
Step 3: Cut Your Patches
Cut out patches of conductive fabric, at least 2 inches by 1 inch. Place them on the center of the underside of your faux fur sheet, or wherever you expect there to be the most heavy petting. Space the patches 3/4 inch apart.
Step 4: Cut Your Strands
Cut strands of conductive thread, at least 12 inches long. Using a needle, thread it through the fur side of the faux fur sheet and one of the conductive patches, pulling it through so that your strand is 4-5 inches long on the fake fur side. Then tie a knot and with the remaining thread, stitch around the conductive fabric, tie another knot, and cut the excess thread.
Repeat this for both conductive fabric patches until there is an abundance of conductive thread strands on the fur side.
Step 5: Build Your Circuit
Cut 2, 3 inch jumper wires and strip both ends. Tie one end of one of the wires to an alligator clip and do the same for the other, so that both jumper wires have one alligator clip attached to each of them.
Place 2 AAA batteries in a battery pack with the positive and negative wires exposed.
Solder one jumper cable to the positive wire and the other jumper cable to the negative wire.
Using electrical tape, attach your buzzer node to the soldering point on your negative wire.
If your buzzer node does not trigger when you touch your alligator clips together, you have wired it wrong or your soldering wasn't very good. Not to worry. Just try again!
Clip the positive jumper wire to one of your conductive patches and clip your the negative jumper wire to the other conductive patch.
Test to see if your circuit works by doing some heavy petting of your Beard Furry. The heavy petting should cause the conductive threads from the positive side and the negative side to touch, forming a complete circuit and triggering the buzzer node, aka "purring."
Step 6: Roll Up Your Furry
If your circuit is working when you heavily pet your Beard Furry, tape the buzzer node to the battery pack with electrical tape, place the battery pack and the jumper cables on the underside of the Furry and roll it up so that all the "guts" are contained within.
Once rolled up, continue to heavily pet the Beard Furry to make sure the circuit is still closing and the buzzer node is still triggering. If it is, your done! Go show all your friends your new pet!
If you want to make your Beard Furry to be more plump, fill the inside with cotton balls.
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