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by Machina
Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:08 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: LED vest
Replies: 30
Views: 3369

Re: LED vest

Update: The boyfriend and I packed an entire suitcase full of LED costumes (two vests, a tutu, a hat, a tie, and gauntlets) with the intention of checking it. We showed up at the airport super early in anticipation of the full search (which we've received before - U.S. customs clearance in Edmonton ...
by Machina
Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:30 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Bike Porn!
Replies: 137
Views: 13549

Re: Bike Porn!

Okay, so... the PVC totally worked. Actually, the whole thing worked. Yes, even in the wind. I biked around in the deep playa during a dust storm for two hours, and the worst thing that happened was that the leaf flipped around in front of me, acting as a sail, and propelling me along without having...
by Machina
Sat Aug 24, 2013 5:27 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: LED vest
Replies: 30
Views: 3369

Re: LED vest

It's all done, it has new modes (thanks to my boyfriend's programming skillz), and in a few hours, I'm flying with it... we'll see how this goes, lol. The bf made a vest, hat, and gauntlets, and they're all in the same suitcase... so I'm sure this is gonna be *FUN*!
by Machina
Sat Aug 17, 2013 6:49 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Bike Porn!
Replies: 137
Views: 13549

Re: Bike Porn!

Awesome, thanks! We bought PVC last night and are going to drill holes in it today and do an official "test mount" with large zip ties. I think it'll work. Zip ties are awesome.
by Machina
Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:50 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: LED vest
Replies: 30
Views: 3369

Re: LED vest

ALMOST DONE. Just doing some hand finishing on the liner, because I'm nit-picky, and going to work with the bf to come up with a few more modes... but I think overall, it's better than I expected!

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by Machina
Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:07 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: LED vest
Replies: 30
Views: 3369

Re: I can tell you stories...

I wore this http://www.cathodecorner.com/videocoat/ into the Detroit airport after leaving the Maker Faire there two years ago. It was, shall we say, interesting. I was asked by an airport policeman to pack it and check it, and then my whole family got SSSS searched, but they were happy to let me b...
by Machina
Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:03 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: LED vest
Replies: 30
Views: 3369

Re: LED vest

Officially 100% awesome. I have to wholeheartedly agree!! I love it! I made a couple of super simple shrugs with faux fur and a few short strings of battery operated LED xmas lights. Not anything fancy, but it fit the bill for quick, easy, and bright. :wink: I hope we run into each other out there....
by Machina
Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:48 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: LED vest
Replies: 30
Views: 3369

Re: LED vest

Sweet! Do you have pics of the finished products? I love seeing other peoples' projects - gives me inspiration.

My vest is nearly done. I'm just painstakingly hand-sewing the seams around the arms. I wasn't able to sew them with the machine. :(
by Machina
Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:30 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Bike Porn!
Replies: 137
Views: 13549

Re: Bike Porn!

Hey cherryblossom, how did you attach the PVC pole, if you don't mind my asking? I've seen those bike flag pole attachments, but they look a bit flimsy! PVC seems more sturdy? I'm trying to Ikea-hack a removable shade device over my bike (on a pole); my first thought was to zip-tie the crap out of t...
by Machina
Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:30 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: LED vest
Replies: 30
Views: 3369

Re: LED vest

If you can find a really basic vest pattern, it's fairly easy to sew. I found the pattern in a used patterns rack at the local second-hand store. I made a coat earlier this year (without lights), and it was insanity. The vest is simple! I got the lights from a shop on Alibaba and I think they were a...
by Machina
Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:55 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: LED vest
Replies: 30
Views: 3369

Re: LED vest

The LEDs came in a strip from China (they are called "WS2812B" 5 volt); you could cut the strip to whatever lengths you want, so I did, and then soldered them back together. The plugs didn't come with them - they're from a local electronics store. I added them so that I can detached the controller/b...
by Machina
Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:07 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: LED vest
Replies: 30
Views: 3369

Re: LED vest

In my experience TSA will be fine with the electronics. Just remember that if you are using LiPo batteries, they have to be carried in hand/cabin baggage (very important!). I've carried all sorts of electronics through customs with no problems. I always mention I have batteries (or whatever) to the...
by Machina
Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:28 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: LED vest
Replies: 30
Views: 3369

Re: LED vest

Elliot wrote:Yes. :(
Hmmm. :(

Somehow I can't picture a happy and effective way to explain what it is to the TSA.

I wonder if I can courier it from Canada to my hotel in the U.S. It would still have to go through customs at the border though.
by Machina
Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:23 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: LED vest
Replies: 30
Views: 3369

LED vest

It's crunch time. I have been busy this week... http://youtu.be/z9xgiX0omaU Just got this "officially working" tonight. Need to create modes and patterns, add a button to switch between modes, and somehow sew the lining on (working precariously around the wires). Do you think the TSA is gonna have a...
by Machina
Mon May 27, 2013 7:13 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Re: LED little black dress
Replies: 39
Views: 10212

Re: LED little black dress

VultureChow, your helmet is amazing!! I am so glad you posted it! My dress is finally done! I hit a few design bumps along the way and had to change my thinking several times...but it works and I love it! (I was just going to post the video, but my other half insisted that I cover the kid screaming...
by Machina
Sat May 04, 2013 5:52 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Re: LED little black dress
Replies: 39
Views: 10212

Re: LED little black dress

So I'm taking the easy route and using strands of rgb led pixels for my helmet. Got them running on a test pattern and found that one of the pixels had a blue led out. Upon inspection, there was one solder point that was missing. So I cut out a portion of the plastic covering, put a little bead of ...
by Machina
Sat Mar 16, 2013 5:22 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Re: LED little black dress
Replies: 39
Views: 10212

Re: LED little black dress

Love the idea of using the pink gauzy stuff for diffusion! :D Can't wait to see how this will look.
by Machina
Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:24 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: feathers
Replies: 24
Views: 3672

Re: feathers

Nice! :D
by Machina
Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:08 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Re: LED little black dress
Replies: 39
Views: 10212

Re: LED utili-tutu

So...I got my controller all put together. Double checked all my components solder points. Hooked up my power source to check the voltage (before adding the IC2)...multimeter says 1.70. Voltage is supposed to be between 4.25 and 5.25. Double and triple checked the board. I've been scouring the inte...
by Machina
Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Playa gift ideas
Replies: 125
Views: 60000

Re: Playa gift ideas

Great thread. Best gifts I received: Packets of Emergen-C. Fruit. A bandana with the man printed on it. A hand-blown glass bead. Hugs/high-fives. Worst: Plastic zipper-pull thingy that broke when I tried to attach it to something. Best thing I gifted: Sleeves of instant decaf coffee to the only othe...
by Machina
Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:53 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: LED utili-tutu
Replies: 23
Views: 4613

Re: LED utili-tutu

Your tutu is awesome!!! I am so happy to hear that as an "LED noob" you are having such amazing success. I am currently working on a 'little black light dress' in the same vein as Junglesmacks' pants. I'm constructing my own dress base and light panels (LEDs are not here yet, so I'm doing all the p...
by Machina
Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:57 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: LED utili-tutu
Replies: 23
Views: 4613

Re: LED utili-tutu

So fucking awesome, Machina!!!! 8) 8) 8) You are sparking so many ideas in my head right now, STOP STOP STOP. :lol: :lol: :lol: Please wear this awesomely beautiful creation to the Meet & Greet !!! Oh, I will wear it for sure... and hopefully a matching white vest, haha. Do you know the specs on th...
by Machina
Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:39 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: LED utili-tutu
Replies: 23
Views: 4613

Re: LED utili-tutu

THANKS!

I think I am going to use these LEDs for the fur vest (I'm going to remove the weatherproofing). :)
by Machina
Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:06 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: LED utili-tutu
Replies: 23
Views: 4613

Re: LED utili-tutu

Isn't that fabric glue cool, too? Illy Dilly was the first to show it to me last year on playa and it literally saved my whole outfit. The fabric glue is THE BEST . Ever. I had planned to sew the tulle over the LEDs, but it was too crazy. The fabric glue literally saved/made the whole project possi...
by Machina
Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:03 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: LED utili-tutu
Replies: 23
Views: 4613

Re: LED utili-tutu

Another thing: I'd pay attention to wires getting ripped off of things. I did an okay job with my LED coat last year but still had a few individual LEDs rip out — thankfully I had overdone the connections between boards with CAT-5 cable so those lasted just fine. Relatedly, get an enclosure of sort...
by Machina
Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:53 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: LED utili-tutu
Replies: 23
Views: 4613

LED utili-tutu

I finished a Burning Man costume project this weekend and I need to share it with someone! Inspired by this video this video of an LED tutu and the whole mens utili-kilt thing, I created an LED utili-tutu. Behold: http://youtu.be/pSnr9iFBt-w&hd=1 It runs on 4xAA batteries and right now has a handful...
by Machina
Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:46 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Show me your fur (projects)
Replies: 32
Views: 6209

Re: Show me your fur (projects)

I GOT MY GLUE! It is AWESOME! Excitement!

I started gluing LEDS to a skirt, and this stuff rocks. You can actually still pull the LEDs off, if you want, but I can't imagine them falling off on their own unless they get caught on something.
by Machina
Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 80727

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

Haha... looks like I shared my favorites list instead of just the one video! There are many hooping and Burning Man videos in there. :D
by Machina
Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:35 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.
Replies: 690
Views: 80727

Re: Start with what you have. It's easier and cheaper.

I made this for an upcoming party in February, but I think it is also potentially Burning-Man-appropriate. Three men's dress shirts later, and voila: a straitjacket. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8357/8328142723_610b128af5.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8213/8328142923_2b9f64b031.jpg I used the t...

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