Pumpkin cape

Pumpkins are the first thing came into my mind when thinking of Halloween, that’s one of the reasons I have them as the major decoration of my cape. Besides, each time of this year when I walked into stores, there are all kinds of pumpkins in different scales with various facial emotion, however there are only few costumes using pumpkins as elements, then I decided to create my costume with pumpkin decorations.

Challenges were putting my complete circuit inside the costume and trying to hide them, I failed few times that my circuit broke and had to re-solder those weak connections. Even after solving this part, I struggled to organize all the wires together neat and clean. If I had to redo this project, I would definitely measure the length before building the circuit, so it’s easier for me to put everything inside the cape. Once everything is in place, it’s easy to wear the costume and I could simply touch the decoration on my shoulder to trigger the light changing effects (it’s just a little heavy on the left shoulder because the box itself and the Arduino board inside).

I achieved a great improvement in my soldering skills. What’s more, coding was tough for me when trying to achieve the lighting effects I want, I got several errors and before meeting with Becky for help. After the 1 on 1 meeting and playing with the code, I gained a more comprehend understanding of coding, and could be able to understand the meaning of the codes.

Shopping List:

Black Cape: https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.

NeoPixel strip: https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z09.

Copper foil: https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z09.

Orange/Green/Balck Cloth: https://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.

Candy box with toy on top: https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z09.

Touch Sensor: https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.

My circuit and Arduino code:


another diagram included the circuit:

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