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EL wire Gandalf staff and Neopixel space chimp costumes #ElectronicHalloween #WearableWednesday

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Thanks so much to Aron for sending in the great costumes he made for his kids! Read more about the costumes here.

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.

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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