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February 17, 2014 AT 1:00 am

From the Forums: Beauty & the Beast Rose for school play #neopixels

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From the Forums: Beauty & the Beast Rose for school play:

I am a novice maker with some experience soldering kits like the BlinkyPOV, and coding a little javascript. I am also a the father of a son who plays a villager in a middle school production of Beauty & the Beast Jr. I would like to construct a prop for the play, particularly the iconic glowing rose in the bell jar which parallels the beast’s life span. I have already been to Michaels, etc., and gotten a couple of synthetic roses to experiment with, a 3-liter clear soda bottle (to make the bell jar with)….

…Now, I just need perhaps some NeoPixels and a GEMMA or something, to make the rose petals appear to glow solidly, then dim to off one by one at separate time intervals to represent the enchantment dying away throughout the show. I figure I could probably sew the NeoPixels into some of the synthetic petals and mount some into the foam base of the bell jar for more luminescence. Then using some micro controller to pre-program the dimming sequence so some kid theater-tech can sit literally behind the scenes and push a single button for the dimming to occur.

…I used the “Space Face LED Galaxy Makeup” as a template for hardware and code, only modifying the RGB values to (255,0,50) for something a little more “rose color”….

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