Today in Break it! Make it! we made ‘sew it bright’ bracelets. First, we drew a picture of a design and then we cut it out in felt. Then we glued the design onto a felt bracelet. After this, we sewed conductive thread from the lily pad to an LED light on our design. Because we worked in pairs, one of us sewed the positive to positive and one of us sewed the negative to negative. We then put a battery in the lily pad holder and it lit up! We liked this project because we like to sew and we like to make things light up. Next time we would like to try making our clothes light up!
Last Thursday evening, the Make It! Break It! group researched what E-Textiles are about and explored different examples on the internet. They were then introduced to some sewable electronic components; the Lilytiny microcontroller and LEDs. They built some simple circuits using crocodile leads.
When they were finished experimenting with their circuits, they were introduced to some basic sewing techniques. This will prepare them for next week when they will use conductive thread to create some interesting pieces of E-Fabric designs.
The Break it! Make it! Gang had their first Making workshop “Painting with Light“ last Thursday evening. They had great fun building light wands with LEDs. They then created strange and wonderful images using their light wands and a DSLR camera.
If you’re interested in trying this for yourself visit exploratorium, its great addictive fun!