Intro: 10-minute Electronic Leather Band
We've been inundated with requests for quick ways of incorporating conductive thread, lights, and batteries in new projects and this is what we came up with.
Here, we show how to create your own electronic leather band in under 10 minutes. This band can record and playback new patterns of flashing light. Check out the movie:
Disclaimer: we make and sell some of the components on Aniomagic's website http:///www.aniomagic.com . The mimeolight is inspired by Alex Weber's Programmable LED Instructables project - https://www.instructables.com/id/Programmable-LED - and by research at the Craft Technology Lab - http://l3d.cs.colorado.edu/~ctg
Step 1: Ingredients (1st Minute)
- one mimeolight
- some conductive thread
- one 3-volt battery
- one leather strip
- one paper clip
- one plastic flower
- one needle (and thimble)
- 10 minutes
The mimeolight, conductive thread, and battery you can get from http://www.aniomagic.com
Step 2: Circuit Overview (2nd Minute)
Thread #1 connects the plus of your mimeolight to the battery's positive side, and Thread #2 connects the minus.
When you put on the strap with the battery between the two sections of thread, the circuit is completed and energy flows from the battery to the mimeolight.
Step 3: Mimeolight to Plus (3rd Minute)
Sew some stitches through the plus hole on the mimeolight, then work towards one end of the strap. Finish off with several wide stitches at the tip to form the plus of your "battery holder." Tie a knot and cut.
Step 4: Mimeolight to Minus (6th Minute)
With a new section of thread, make several stitches through the minus hole of the mimeolight, and then work towards the other end of the strap. Keep in mind that since the plus of your battery holder ended up on the rough side, you should now end up on the opposite, smooth side.
Step 5: Mimeolight to Minus (8th Minute)
Make sure to leave a gap between the last run and the stitches for the battery. This will prevent the conductive sections from shorting when the strap is closed.
Step 6: Finishing Up (the 10th Minute)
Place your battery, and close the strap. We used a paper clip to hold our battery tight.
We're sure you'll have a much more elegant solution :-)