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How to Make Simple Wings With Fire and Ice Tech #WearableWednesday #wearabletech #Arduino #art

Fire and Ice Tech Wings

It has been a while since I’ve seen some wings and luckily mega maker Caitlin’s Dad has come to the rescue. According to his Instuctable, these Fire and Ice Wings get their humble start from cardboard and take off with recycled parts from a previous project—the Hunger Games Neopixel Fire Thermometer Scarf. So, that means you can expect to see an Adafruit FLORA Microcontroller and lots of NeoPixel LED strips. Caitlin’s Dad wanted to experiment further with using the FastLED library Fire sketch and has this pro tip.

To save on processing used to generate the Fire matrix, it was easier to mirror the strips on each wing by wiring up two or three strips together to the same data pin. The strips were interspersed between each other when mounted to add to the overall random flame effect.

Fire and Ice Wings Parts

LED strips take multiple wires, and Caitlin’s Dad wrangles these nicely by introducing a perfboard. He also makes sure to label the bundles to make programming clear. Of course the best is seeing the finished results and the maker admits that he had some fun playing with color palettes on FastLED.

Of course these wings are just a jumping off point and you can certainly get snazzy with some heavy duty materials for the wings. You can also customize them with your own special sauce of programming and sensors.

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