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There’s still time for these Burning Man projects

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For you project-minded folks, Burning Man begins 3 weeks from now […] roughly 6 weekend workdays away!

— from the Burning Man countdown page

Allowing some time for parts to arrive, assembly, shakedown test and any tech support — not to mention all your regular travel prep — there are a number of Adafruit Learning System projects that could still be completed. But, as mentioned in this blog post, don’t wait until the last minute. Parts sell out, there’s no will-call, no on-playa delivery. Get on it now!

Light-up projects not only look cool, they also help keep you safe amidst the cars, bikes and giraffes on the playa at night.

A few EL wire projects require no soldering and no programming! And unlike blue LEDs, EL wire is still stylish after all these years.

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A TRON Hoodie is easy to make, easy to spot and functional for beating the late-night chill. EL Wire Animal Masks let you express your spirit animal…watch out for Animal Control!…and similar methods can also apply to horns and wings. Though not wearable, some EL Wire Signs would look great festooning your camp.

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Leveling up a bit, with some soldering and programming, these LED Techno Tiki Torches could also adorn your camp. The Bike Wheel POV Display keeps you and your trusty two-wheeled steed visible in the furthest, darkest regions…it’s derived from these Genesis POV Poi, but simpler to build, no 3D printing or tight spaces.

Goggles are an icon of Burning Man life. We’ve got several designs in the Learning System, starting with the Kaleidoscope Eyes (you can get all the parts in a single kit). If you make any of these, remember that they’re only for show…you also need to keep a legit pair of goggles for eye protection in dust storms!

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If you have a 3D printer and flex filament, this is a medium we keep revisiting…NeoPixels and NinjaFlex go together like peanut butter and jelly! Between the Unicorn Horn, Fire Horns and Stego Spikes Hoodie, there’s got to be a couples costume in there. Or these Cyberpunk Spikes and Bandolier of Light are a little more edgy.


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