Kamui Cosplay is no stranger to incorporating lights into her costumes – she even wrote a how-to book on the subject – but she tried something new for her latest project and used Arduinos and LEDs to create a cool effect on a prop. She built a Crucible Spellbook from Aion to go with her Cleric costume. The base is EVA foam that she covered with Worbla, and the hinge is Worbla-covered PVC pipes. She built space in for the circuit she wanted to add and soldered some digital LED strips together and hot glued them into both sides of the book. She used products from Adafruit for the project. She explains:
While I’ve worked a lot with Arduinos in the past, they were simply too expensive and too large for my own projects. So I’ve searched for some alternatives and found some amazing products from Adafruit Industries. As you can see, the circuit you see now became super tiny: A lipo battery with 1200mAh, a Powerboost for the right voltage output and charging options and the Adafruit Trinket as a Arduino replacement. If you’re curious, you’ll find more information about this circuit here: https://learn.adafruit.com/trinket-neopixel-led-longboard?view=all
I will also explain everything in detail in my upcoming book!
Adafruit products are truly magical and I was super excited how easy and fast everything worked!
…And yes, I just covered the circuit in tape and hot glued it in. Every electronic pro will probably hate me.
Watch a video showing the effect in action at Facebook.
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