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Topic: Fabric, Polyclay, and Electricity...My Pet Vampire Squid  (Read 2746 times)
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« on: July 09, 2011 11:56:46 PM »

I just learned how to sew soft electronics a few weeks ago.  My first project is  here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=384065.msg4548312#msg4548312
I also recently designed a little kawahii type critter named DeepDeep.  His story is here:  http://suereal.weebly.com/deepdeep--co.html


So when I saw the mixed media challenge (and I had missed the electric challenge), it seemed like a good excuse to play around with both.

So I figured out what size I wanted him and drew a picture.  I'm working on a silicon mat, so I can see my sketch.   I had made some fabric a few months ago by laying out threads on denim and covering it with netting and scribble sewing all over it.  So I used that as the band all this would get attached to.

I did run into a bit of a snag at one point.  I couldn't find a sew on battery holder for the size battery I wanted to use in our area.  So, I do what I do when I can't find info...goggle it.  I was sent to the amazing instructibles site where I found this:  http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Small-Battery-Holders/step8/3V-Battery-Holder-glue-positive/.  I wanted it to slip in side ways, so I had to rethink it a bit, but I just built the glue up slowly, and it was pretty easy.  The instructible said to oil the battery, but I used some plastic wrap.  I had to scrape the wrap off the metal strips though.

And here is the part where I feel all happy and smug cause it worked!!

I've sewed the battery pack on, and I'm trying to figure the placement of everything.

And testing those connections....YEAH!  You can see the snap at the back.  That is the switch in this case.  When it's snapped, it's on.

Here's DeepDeep all sewed down and varnished.  I sewed polar fleece on the back to cover the conductive threads.

Now originally, I was thinking it would be a wrist cuff.  But poly clay doesn't bend, and I didn't get enough of a bend in to start.  SO now it is a lamp cozy Grin

I love how his eyes glow.  Just like the real vampire squids Grin
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2011 06:29:11 AM »

That's so cute! Too bad you can't use it as a wristband, but it looks like it would be an awesome nightlight.
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2011 06:40:29 AM »

 As always you rock chick...this is so fun I hope you do well in this challenge as IMO you always rock them out of the park! Your so fun and talented.
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2011 09:39:55 AM »

I'm bumbed about it not working as a wrist cuff. But out of lemons you have to make lamp warmers...or something like that..

I found some red wool just yesterday, while digging for something else, that wold have worked perfectly. SO, I'm hoping to continue to be motivated after this wee vaycay I'm heading out on today, and remake it.

And to babs...No....YOU rock!  And your my favo cheerleader Grin
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2011 12:05:35 PM »

suereal, you make the wildest things, and I mean that in a good way.  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2011 04:16:26 PM »

That means allot to me rackycoo.  Cause I think you make some pretty wild things too some times, so you must know what your talking about.  Besides, you want my dog (his name is COSMO)(but you can't have him...) Grin
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2011 04:19:57 PM »

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