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Get Your Own PaperCraft Crystal Gems – PaperCraft Kits and Digital Downloads Now On Sale

You asked for them, and they’re here! Purchase your own PaperCraft Crystal Gem kits. Three different styles are available: Infinity Crystals, Khyber Crystals, or Thra Crystals. I’ve stocked my Etsy shop with a couple options: get a digital download of any crystal pattern that’s...

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Easy Halloween Electronics Tutorials

Halloween is my favorite holiday, but this year I am a little ambivalent. With Covid still running rampant (though admittedly not too much in this area) there are no Halloween parties, no gigs, no parades and no real reason to dress up. I absolutely...

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New Guide: Rainbow Fairy Light Bottle Lamp for Ada Lovelace Day

Check out my newest tutorial – just in time for Ada Lovelace Day! Make a lovely glowing bottle lamp with a Circuit Playground Express and a strand of warm white fairy lights. Choose colors or light animations using Microsoft MakeCode, and decorate with your favorite...

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Bluetooth Room Design

Bluetooth Controlled Room Lights Tutorial – DIY Home Automation for Beginners

I’ve been meaning to upgrade the lights in my bedroom since the day we moved into this house. I’ve added some fun light-up artwork in there, including my paper mache dragon and the new dragon wall sconces. It’s getting very dragonish. But we still...

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Epoxy Resin Torch Lamp – Dragon Gargoyle Wall Sconce

Check out my newest project tutorial: make an epoxy resin Minecraft-inspired torch lamp. This lamp has a strand of warm white fairy lights embedded right into the resin, making a lovely starry glow effect. Adding a Circuit Playground Express underneath powers up the lamp with...

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Light-up Sound Reactive Ukulele Build Tutorial

LED Ukulele!! And a fun video shot & created by the increasingly awesome cinematographer Darrell St. Blaine. And of course there’s a tutorial: https://learn.adafruit.com/light-up-reactive-ukulele/ I have wanted Mermaid Glimmer photo-drone footage since.. well, since I built her 8 years ago. Even after dragging her all around the...

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Glowing Mermaid Castle Musical Instrument – DIY Tutorial

I made a magical mermaid fairy fantasy castle out of recycled bottles. I am absolutely in love with it.  Here’s a link to the build tutorial at Adafruit Learn System: https://learn.adafruit.com/glowing-bottle-castle-and-capacitive-touch-piano The bottles are sitting on top of a diy light box with a NeoPixel...

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Moss Barometer — Vertical Garden Art with a SuperPower

I love vertical gardens. Every time I see them I get all excited, and I’ve wanted to build one for just ages. We had such a lovely rainy spring this year, and with nothing to do but walk around our neighborhood, I got to...

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How to use Solder Seal Connectors

These things are great! Splice wires together for strong electrical connections without using a soldering iron. They’ve got hot-melt glue in both ends and a melty bit of solder in the middle. This makes a waterproof connection that’s stronger than just using a soldering...

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DIY Smart Plug Tutorial: Home Automation using Arduino or MakeCode

“Smart” plugs for your home can be a lot of fun, allowing you to create lighting scenes, activate security features, or control other things in your home remotely. If you’re a DIY type, here’s a great option for building and controlling your own Smart...

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How to Make a Game Timer with Circuit Playground & MakeCode

It’s the first week of Covid19 quarantine and I’m going a little nuts. What’s helping me stay sane is throwing myself into silly ridiculous projects where I can make something blinky and learn something fun, but not too challenging. Enter: the Circuit Playground Game Clock....

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Burning Fire Wizard Staff – VIdeo and Tutorial

I just finished my latest tutorial over on the Adafruit Learning System: make a Burning Wizard staff. It’s got it all: LED NeoPixel lights, sound effects, and motion reactivity to trigger the different animations and modes. It turned out amazing! I’m proud of this one....

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Glowing Four Seasons Fairy Bottle Art Installation & Tutorial

Fairy bottles.I made my first glass fairy bottle almost 10 years ago, before I’d really started on my LED maker journey. It went a little viral on Pinterest and with good reason.. these little bottles are stunningly gorgeous and super easy to make. Put lights inside, and it...

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LED Luminaries Tutorial

It’s the holiday season and I’m feeling a bit festive.  I used my Cricut vinyl cutter and a Circuit Playground BlueFruit to make some pretty luminary lanterns to decorate my house. I’m far too lazy to light and maintain real candles, so I had...

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Glowing Crystal Wizard Staff Tutorial & Cosplay Photos

Just launched a new tutorial: make a glowing Crystal Wizard Staff. Here’s the link: https://learn.adafruit.com/glowing-interactive-crystal-staff It’s interactive! It does things (wonderful things!!) when you tilt it or shake it.  Here’s a video: The staff concept was built for a costume I made for my...

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Chalk Paint Upcycled Book Case

This week’s project is an upcycled book case, painted with chalk paint.  I’m absolutely delighted with it.   I’ve had this little book case for probably 15 years. I got it at a thrift store probably 3 houses ago and have used it to store...

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DIY PaperCraft Crystal Gem Tutorial

I just published a new tutorial: create amazing cosplay glowing crystal gems!  From the guide: Crystal Gems will always save the day! Create a stunning paper craft crystal from laminated cellophane wrap. Add NeoPixels and watch it sparkle! We’ve included two different build sizes...

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Remote Controlling Lots of NeoPixels Wirelessly

 I spend a lot of my time developing and performing with LEDs.  My company, Fire Pixie Entertainment, offers a really popular LED dance show, with light-up hula hoops, poi, doublestaff, and of course, lots of light up costumes. The programming behind all these things is a...

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DIY Light-Up Valentine Candy Box Tutorial

I just published a new tutorial over at the Adafruit Learning System: make a PowerPuff Girl themed Valentine candy box with a Circuit Playground Express and copper tape.  Use MakeCode to add lights and sounds.  It’s multimedia!  A multimedia candy box.  I have officially...

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New Tutorial: Animatronic Glowing Medusa Headdress

I may have outdone myself this year for Halloween. It took me months of trying, failing, swearing, and trying again.  I’m such a noob when it comes to animatronics and robotics.  But I’m really pleased with how this turned out.   The headdress is two...

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Moving to the Country

This year’s big project: we’ve sold our house and are moving away from Fremont, to the foothills.  We lived in our wonderful house in Fremont for around 17 years, and have a lot of memories there.  We built our business, Fire Pixie Entertainment, and grew it...

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3d Printed Light Strand Tutorial: MakeCode and Fusion360

I absolutely love these neopixel strands from Adafruit.com.  They’re rugged, nearly indestructible.  They come in 4″ or 2″ spacing.  They’re WS2812B neopixels inside and they’re just so easy to get up and running without hours and hours of soldering.  And they don’t break!  I have so...

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Wonder Woman Cosplay Bracers Tutorial

The new Wonder Woman movie is coming out June 2.. do you have your costume ready? Make these super awesome Wonder Woman cosplay bracers using Circuit Playground, side-glow acrylic and Worbla.  Circuit Playground’s built-in sensors make it easy to add motion and sound reactivity.  The neopixel light...

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Neopixel 10 Minute Necklace Tutorial – Make an Easy LED Necklace

I just published a new tutorial at the Adafruit Learning System:  it’s a quick and easy Neopixel Jewel necklace.   This is a really simple project but it’s oh-so pretty and sparkly when it’s done!  It’s also really easy to customize and make your...

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Tutorial: Dotstar LED and Glass Pebble Floor Border

I just published a new tutorial on the Adafruit Learning System: how to make an LED and glass pebble floor border.  Check it out! https://learn.adafruit.com/neopixel-and-glass-pebble-floor/introduction I used to have a raised tatami Japanese-style table in my dining room.  We loved it for a while,...

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Custom Label Template for Adafruit IR Remote Control

My LED light dance show is getting complicated. Problem 1: Dancers When I’m onstage dancing, my focus is in my body.  I feel the flow of the props, feel the music, and feel the audience.  It’s a wonderful state to be in.  It does not lend...

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Viking Barbarian Cosplay Photos & Magical Rune Artifact

I joined an all-female barbarian cosplay group.  We’re called “the Horde”.  I’ve been working on my barbarian costume and I have to admit — this character is really speaking to me.  I call her Othilia, which means “One who Bites.”  She’s a Viking Priestess...

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Sparkle Skirt Playground – Sound and Motion Reactive Costume Tutorial

New from the Adafruit Learning System: Sparkle Skirt Playground.  Use the Circuit Playground board to create costume art with motion sensitive, sound reactive and custom color palette modes.   Circuit Playground’s built-in sensors make it easy to build, and the 3d printed Circuit Playground case makes it easy...

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Rainbow Chakra Light-Up Hoodie Tutorial – Make a Glowing Hoodie with Arduino

My Rainbow Chakra hoodie guide is live at the Adafruit Learning System: Rainbow Chakra Hoodie Tutorial Festivals and events can get chilly at night.  What better way to warm up than with a glowing hoodie — especially one with interactive buttons that engage everyone...

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POV Supernova Poi Guide Update

Making myself a third set of POV LED Supernova poi this week. I finally updated the Adafruit Industries tutorial with the new switch design — the original design was a little twitchy, this one’s much more robust. I’m using polycarbonate tubes I had on-hand...

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Neoprene Ariel Mermaid Tail

I just finished making this gorgeous brand-new Ariel cosplay mermaid tail. (Awesome underwater photos here!)  It’s made from neoprene and lots of paint with a custom made translucent monofin inside the fluke. I’ve been using this handmade Ariel tail for 3 1/2 years, and it’s still...

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3d Printed Sunspot Glowing Pendant

Finally found a minute to photograph and post this is a gorgeous one-of-a-kind 3d printed Sunspot necklace with color-shifting rainbow LEDs inside. I’ve listed this for sale on my Etsy page! https://www.etsy.com/listing/287623845/glowing-sun-pendant-necklace Hand painted silver 3d printed ABS encases a beautiful sun shape that...

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teamLab LED interactive Exhibition in Palo Alto

This morning I got to visit the teamLab art installation in Palo Alto at the Pace Gallery. teamLab (f.  2001,  Tokyo,  by  Toshiyuki  Inoko)  is  an  interdisciplinary  group  of  ultra-technologists whose  collaborative  practice  seeks  to  navigate  the  confluence  of  art,  technology,  design  and  the...

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Wasp Avengers Cosplay – #ElectronicHalloween 2015

For those following along, I’ve spent the last month working on this Wasp costume for Adafruit’s #ElectronicHalloween project.  Here’s the last blog installment, with details on building the animatronic wing pack.   Phil did an absolutely amazing job in record time and I wore...

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Electronic Halloween Wasp Costume Construction – Part 2

Reblogged from Adafruit.com — more about our Electronic Halloween Wasp Costume construction! Here’s the original post.. reblogged here for your reading pleasure! #ElectronicHalloween 2015 at Adafruit – 9/22 Update It’s the eve of the equinox. Fall aromas fill the air, pumpkin spice everything is on store...

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3D Printed Wasp Halloween Costume Hemet Goodness

3d printed Wasp Halloween costume helmet goodness!!  I’m so excited.  Orignal post here #ElectronicHalloween 2015 at Adafruit – 9/25 Update Prior installments: 9/14, 9/22.Halloween dress-up is fun and all, but it’s time for this to get…you know…really Adafruit-y. A prominent feature of the Wasp outfit as teased...

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MorningStar LED Double Staff Tutorial at Adafruit Learning Center

I’ve got a new Adafruit Learning Center guide up: how to make your own LED, persistence-of-vision double staffs.  I’m calling them Morning Star Double Staffs. They’re pretty great.  They’re based on the Genesis Poi tutorial code, but I’ve added an infrared sensor, so I can change brightness, patterns and...

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Hoodies Retrospective

I just finished up and shipped off a gorgeous custom black and gold Wizard hoodie.  I have been getting away from making hoodies lately — it’s been hot and working with fleece isn’t as much fun in the heat.. and also I’ve been really...

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Venetian Color Thief LED Costume – Neopixels and Color Sensing Magic

I had the very good fortune of visiting Venice this spring.  Venice.. the city of Carnival, canals, masks, and the Aperol Spritz.  I’ve heard about Venice for years — who hasn’t?  But nothing quite prepared me for the amazing experience of getting lost in...

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LED Steampunk Aeronaut Costume – Android, Adafruit, FastLED and Steam powered awesomeness

Halloween costume #3: Aeronaut Erin and her magical arduino powered flaming rocket pack.  🙂  Featuring    interactive steampunk goggles, a glowing fairy bottle, my glowing soul caster on my wrist and my “secret of nimh sparkly” necklace, and of course my brand new LED isis wings running FastLED.   The rocket pack is made...

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Glowing Soulcaster Wristband – Inspired by the Stormlight Archives

I’m listening to the audiobook verion of Stormlight by Brandon Sanderson while working on things, and woke up this morning gripped with the inescapable need for a Soulcaster of my own. From Wikepedia: Soulcasting is a practice where objects are changed from one form...

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Peacock Fairy Costume Dress

I finished this peacock fairy costume yesterday.  With the sunset getting later and later this time of year, there was plenty of time to head out to the arboretum for a photo shoot yesterday evening.  I’m really pleased with how this costume turned out!...

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