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Stunning laser cut Neopixel crown! #WearableWednesday

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Instructables user p3nguin made this gorgeous glowing crown using our 60 Neopixel ring!

I love some of the new wearable stuff that’s showing up on Adafruit, Hackaday and Make Magazine. When I saw Adafruit’s new 60 LED Neopixel Ring, I knew exactly what I wanted to build for my daughters… I had made a previous attempt at head wear for the Father-Daughter dance last month but out of failure comes inspiration.

Presenting the Laser Crown for the princesses in your life!

The Laser Crown is stunningly bright, lightweight and comfortable. It has no visible wires, USB chargeable, completely programmable, lasts 1-6 hours, has a replaceable battery, expandable, compatible with most arduino type microcontrollers and can be built in an afternoon. And you get to use a laser cutter…

Oh, and the princess gets to look stunning!

Did I mention lasers?

Shall we begin?

See the full tutorial here.


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1 Comment

  1. I have to add: Anything that sparkles and shimmers is good for the wardrobe. The crown was a huge hit at our house! We have three in progress, with the Queen Bee’s the largest, I hope.

    (However, I may be biased, since user p3nguin is my guy, and he is using up perfectly good garage space with all of his tools and equipment.) 😉

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