Bethany’s Witch Costume

Inspiration:

https://pin.it/5xt4tu6f4pnquq

https://www.youtube.com/user/punishedprops

Materials and Tools:

  • Knit fabric
  • Wire
  • Red scarf
  • Polymer Clay
  • Pleather
  • Brass Belt Buckles
  • Brass/Gold Grommets
  • Silk Ribbon
  • Brass pipe
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Acrylic paint
  • Brass push pins
  • Blue Foam
  • Adafruit Flora Board w/ battery pack
  • Objet filament/resin
  • Sewing Machine
  • Object 3D printer
  • Soldering Iron

I have always had an affinity towards witches and I think that they are an iconic part of the Halloween culture which is why I chose this costume direction. My goal was to make a slightly more modern/gothic version of a traditional witch. My costume was actually quite comfortable and I had no complaints about wear-ability. I learned a lot about sewing through this process, especially in regards to clothing seams and measurements. If I were to do the project again, I would give myself a little more time for details and I would start working on the circuit earlier so that I could get it working in time. I would also make some changes to the physical appearance of the staff. I had a lot of trouble deciding what I wanted the staff to look like and how I would build it, so it ended up being a bit sloppy in execution. Overall I really enjoyed this project and liked how it turned out, but I would like to refinish it when I have the time.

Faerie Blossom Night Light

Final design

Story

Intended user: Child who loves Faeries/magic

Purpose: To be a night light and comfort for children who are afraid of the dark. They can turn it on when they are trying to sleep or whenever they get scared of darkness. By attaching positive emotions and feelings of safety to the light, their minds will be eased and they will be able to sleep better.

History: This light is intended as a beacon to faeries. When lit, the glow from its stem will act as a guiding light for fae kind, and will bring them through from the faerie realm. The blossom of the flower will tether them to this world to protect the user from evil spirits and underbed monsters until the stem’s light is extinguished. Legend says that any child watched over by the faerie blossom will be safe from monsters of the night.

Process

Circuit Diagram

GameCube Controller Teardown

Disassembly

  1. External Casing Screws (proprietary screw head design, required custom screwdriver) – Metal, Machined
  2. Button caps – Plastic, Injection Molded
  3. Membranes for under button caps – Rubber, manufacturing method unknown
  4. C-stick cap and circuit – Plastic and PCB, Injection molded and printed
  5. Main circuit board and directional stick – PCB and plastic, Printed and injection molded (See note below)
  6. Internal support screws (Phillips head) – Metal, machined
  7. Internal support frames – Plastic, Injection molded
  8. R & L Triggers (Caps, springs, and pads) – Plastic and metal, injection molded and extruded
  9. Case, Front cover – Plastic, Injection Molded
  10. Case, Back cover – Plastic, Injection Molded
  11. Power/signal cord – Copper wires/Paracord/Plastic/Metal, Extruded/Woven/Injection molded/Machined

Note: The primary chip visible on the circuit board has an ID of “CNT-DOL BU9595k”, however I was unable to find a datasheet this chip, since it seems to be specific to this version of the GameCube controller. The only information I could find is that it is an Integrated Circuit Chip.

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Hi! I’m Bethany Fronhofer

Hi, I’m Bethany! I originally come from northern Vermont, but spent the last five years in the greater Boston area where I got my Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology and then worked for a small medical device start-up company called Allurion Technologies.

I have some background experience in shop work and hands-on projects and I’m really looking forward to exploring all of the class projects. I think that this semester will be extremely exciting, and I can’t wait to start making!