Friday, October 31, 2014

2014 Halloween Costumes

Gandalf and his staff 


For the Gandalf staff I cut a branch along a crack using a band saw and put in el wire. I also installed small blocks to ensure the el wire would not get pinched. While I still had everything open I installed wires running the length of the staff. Then I moved on to lighting effects using a Trinket with  neopixels at the top and led sequins at the bottom. The rest of the costume is gray cotton fabric sewn with large arms and batting in the hat. 


Stick with nice cracks
Blue El wire 2m -
Small inverter -
White LEDs -
Trinket Microcontroller -

Ham, the space chip


This costume is of Ham, a chimpanzee space test pilot. It is a spacesuit altered with a silicon jacketed neopixel strip around the neck line. Extra large articulated ears are made with a thick floral wire armature wrapped on the horn of sub-micro servos. A mint tin in the back conceals a Teensy 3.1 and batteries.


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