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April 17, 2017 AT 9:02 am

Build a ‘Glow Cloud’ with Gemma + NeoPixels & Basic Crafting Skill

Thanks to Nemesis C for sending this in! It’s a fantastically simple project for turning some pillow stuffing into a ‘glow cloud,’ built around a styrofoam ball that holds the circuitry and battery source.

Check out the code here on GitHub and the full project walkthrough here on Instructables.


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