I chose to make a shirt for smallsword choreography, since the placement of the "targets" is convenient for sewing onto a shirt. Targets are the areas which the actor aims to attack or defend. For most of stage combat, the targets are outside of the body for safety reasons. Smallsword is primarily pointwork, though, so the targets are actually on the body (in the approximate locations of the LEDs on my shirt). Apologies--the sword I'm holding is a rapier, not a smallsword, since that's what I had around.
This instructable describes how to convert a shirt, glove, arduino lilypad, and other electronic components into a controllable shirt for smallsword choreography instruction. At the end is a short video demonstrating the functionality and use of the completed project.
- 1 shirt
- 1 left-hand glove
- 1 lilypad arduino
- 4 LEDs (preferably lilypad LEDs)
- 1 lilypad buzzer
- 1 lilypad switch
- wire (approximately 8 yards), either standard copper wire or flexible wire
- needle and thread
- 4.5 V battery source (preferably 3 x 1.5 V button cells and duct tape)