Plush Nightlight Update – The Dark Side

After having a very frustrating day of trying to figure out how to connect my LEDs to fit into a ping pong ball I had finally gotten them to work. The problem is that my 5v battery  appears to have ended up burning out two of the three LEDs I was putting inside and the third one flashes now. I think this is because I was trying to get maximum brightness without a resistor and it turns out I needed one.

My other guess is that the battery pack is running low on power and maybe it’s not able to completely power the circuit. I’m hoping it is the second option. Unfortunately, I do not have pictures of the piece lit up because of this. I do, however, have pictures of some of the wiring work I did and the ping pong ball that I was going to insert into my project. I’m currently in panic mode trying to figure out how to fix this.

I think this is a lesson in size scale – being forewarned about smaller being harder. Of course, I thought I was up for the challenge. I think as I try to fix this for tomorrow I may go with a bigger option. If you have any suggestions please leave them.

Plushy Uterus

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Plushy Uterus acts as both an educational tool and political statement for women of all ages. It serves as a tool for young girls who experience their first menstruation at an earlier age than is assumed in public school systems, and parents are encouraged to use the plush to help diffuse tensions and fears surrounding those first conversations.

Her defiant pose, baring all her muscles, show women they are strong and have reason to be proud of what they are made of. Use Plushy Uterus to show your friends and family you care about women. Show her off on your bookshelf or office desk and invite conversation surrounding women’s health,  politics, or a nightmarish first-period tale!

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Plushy Uterus is easy to make and only consists of a few parts. Her figure is made of felt, 6 LED lights and fiber filler. The uterus itself was sewed first, adding the light pink, fallopian tubes second, and finally, white ovaries. Size and shape are completely dependent on the maker — in this form, I chose to experiment with longer fallopian tube shapes, but you may consider using shorter arches to create an overall smaller Plushy. Below, are the shapes that I used. The ovaries are made up of 2 parts, exactly as a baseball is sewn.

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To light Plushy Uterus, you must arrange your LEDs in parallel, rather than in a series. Parallel circuits work because the voltage is able to move all about the circuit, whereas in a series, where all the LEDs are connected together with resistors, the voltage supplies the first LED with 100% of the power, while the others are left without any voltage. Below, you will see my set up, where all my LEDs positive ends are connected at one point with the red, power wire of a battery pack. Each LED has a resistor attached at the positive end. Similarly, all the negative ends of each LED are connected together and attached to the black, ground wire of the battery pack

To stuff Pluffy Uterus, I used electrical tape and masking tape to add some rigidity to the LED network. This idea worked for the most part, but I suggest making an LED holder to stabilize the LEDs, especially if you are trying to achieve a specific design with your bulbs.

And, a GIF!

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Ben’s Plush Locker Light-up

17th Hole at TPC Sawgrass, Florida

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Process:

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The plush Locker Light-up is stored in your golf locker. When turned on, it sheds light on all the ball markers and knick-knacks that accumulate in one’s locker throughout a season and helps you keep it organized.

Materials:

Wool, cotton, white thread, stuffing.

Circuit Diagram:

Parts:

9V battery, switch, 1k ohm resistor, blue 10mm LED.

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Starshine Plush Night Light

Here it is: the Starshine Pillow.

For anyone (like me) who feels a rush of exhilaration when they look up at the infinite patterns of stars in a clear night sky. For anyone who misses that when living in brightly-lit urban places.

For anyone attracted to star-signs, constellations, and the rustic-modern aesthetic. Or anyone looking for a great birthday gift.

I poured a lot more of my heart and soul into this thing than I even expected. I hope others like it as well. Here it is from start to finish:

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first sewing objects:

toy bone for dog

 

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for this project, i abandoned the key chain for some reasons: i only have one key.. and the battery pack for the led i bought is too big for carrying around. I later got inspired from a project i did:

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it was a inductive vase and so you can throw a piece of flower into it and light up the flower (light bulb on the top and inductive battery at the bottom).

CONTROL, BY YOUR PIECE OF MIND.

I designed that project a long while ago. it was just a concept and i felt really exciting to make this really,

although,,,

the look quite different:

(completed product)

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however i felt good just because i made it physical, especially in a class called making studio..

 

here are images showing my progress:

 

started with finding the right saw to saw the metal tube

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a little accident totally changed my design:

i found out the tubes have great capability of carrying electricity so i decided to make the tubes not only the structure but also a part of the circuit.

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rough model

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i tried to solder the wire onto the tube.

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about 27 minutes later, i found out it is impossible.

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for some reason, the wire and the tube can not be sticked together, so i had to figure another way to do this.

 

but i figured out it really soon:

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i cut the tube with a crack and stuck the head of the wire in.

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then i started on the flower head

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i used the same material i used from last week bcuz i really like the translucenticity  of it, the light from the led is dimmed and soften.

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model with more progress

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another exploration on the flower head.

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make supports under the platform so i can put the battery pack down there.

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the stuffing actually expends the light which makes it powerful

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that’s it. leave a comment if you’d like!

 

YANGYING’S COOLEST GLOVE!

Last week my prototype was a glove for Christmas. The main problem was difficult to attach lights into the glove which I really expected to.

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So after gaining so many valuable suggestions from the class, I began to do my second version of glove for Christmas~

I brought my light and went to a fabric store to test different texture of fabric I want (because the light can not be seen clearly, obviously in black fabric). Luckily, I found this one.

I started to make it after reading and watching some pictures of river glovers.

I drew the size glove according to my hand, I tried to make it larger, but after sewing two pieces together it got much smaller than I expected.

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The mistake I made during the process is that I closed to pieces so early that I didn’t sew the rest part well.

SO here is my completed work~ It’s too tight for me though it’s cool~~

I think people who go to clubs regularly/ love fashion /kids would like this!

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Special thanks to Hannah, Tzu-ching and Zihan!!!

TZU-CHING’S STINGY PAPA

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Hi, I am astingy papa, a crew of pirate BEARD, I am ugly, I know.

My job is to prevent anyone from taking money in our ship, including the captain.

If anyone takes a penny away, I’ll be angry, super angry!!!! my face will flush when I’m angry, and you’ll get in trouble!!
Yeah, I’m stingy, shut up, money is mine!!!!!!

This is the photo of me working:

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Cloudstera: Evie’s Final Plush Nightlight

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Meet Cloudstera

Say hello to Cloudstera—the dreamier digital version of the photogenic and beloved Monstera Deliciosa plant. This little creation is made from felt, foam sheet, plush filling, a flower pot, acrylic paint, and a custom-wired LED circuit. Instead of performing photosynthesis, it projects colored lighting with a custom-wired LED circuit. Additionally, each individual Cloudstera leaf can be adjusted and moved. Light up the room with fun colors and Monstera leaf shadows.

Here are photos from the final photoshoot—some taken during the day with natural light and some without.

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A Millennial Market

According to The Washington Post, millennials’ recent buying habits have largely included the purchasing of plants for their homes—particularly those millennials who live in cities. These urban dwellers are craving nature in any form they can get it in, turning their homes into mini jungles, or “jungalows.”

However, via a Harvard Business Review study, millennials are complete workaholics. Though they crave work-life balance, many millennial workers are actually scared of taking breaks and vacations. This means less time at home and less time to take care of their plants (which may result in an increased number of dead plants…).

And that’s where Cloudstera comes in. Cloudstera doesn’t need to be watered or turned every now and again to face the sunlight in a different indirection. It does, however, blend in with your other plants and double as a nightlight (or party light!).

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Circuit Diagram (updated)

Above, you’ll find my updated circuit diagram. I ended up opting for a higher voltage AA battery pack, as I wanted to increase the amount of time it could run for (if I ever used it at parties, hehe). I had to recalculate the resistor amounts, which I did using this calculator.

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Behind the Creation Process

I outlined most of my process in my previous blog post on the creation of the first prototype of Cloudstera.

However, there were some notable changes to this final version. There are quite a few more leaves that I added here to make it more plant-like. Like before, I sewed all of them by hand using two layers of felt surrounding a layer of foam sheet with thin metal wire stapled to it.

Also, I ended up painting the pot a pastel blue with little gold shapes on it. When trying to figure out what material to put in the pot, I experimented with several materials including plush filling. I noticed that when I put the plush filling in the pot, it looked like a cloud in a blue sky. I thought it was pretty cute and kept it that way and ended up adding LEDs to the little cloud part. I also ended up buying green foam and putting it in the pot as well so I could stick all the leaf stems in more sturdily. Below, you’ll find some process photos.

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That’s all – thank you 🙂

P.S. THANK YOU HANNAH FOR YOUR HELP

Final Flame

My initial sketch for the flame looked like this:

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Thereafter, I made my first prototype from which I learned a lot.

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For my final flame I started out exploring the shape of the flame, again.

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I picked a shape and cut it out. However, I thought it was too small so I drew it larger.

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I cut it out.

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I used the sam procedure for the orange and yellow layers.

 

I then sew the orange and yellow layer together.

Then I added the red.

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I joined the three sides using the sewing machine.

Then I started making the logs.

I then started soldering. This is my circuit. I used 8 flickering LEDs, 3xAAA batteries, a battery supply with a switch, 8 75 w. resistors, solder, wires and isolation.

I stuffed the flame and logs. I also closed up the logs and added them to the flame.

I then sewed the LEDs into the insides of the flame.

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AND this is the final flame:

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I see it being used in a calm and cosy context. The ambient of the LEDs is calming and it is therefore a plush light for a calm setting. I imagine it being sold in kids toy stores as a night light, which will keep kids calm at night. It will also be a way to introduce children to fire before introducing them to real fire. I also see it being sold in outdoor stores as a bonfire that you can use inside, when you are not in the field.
The bonfire solves the problem of not wanting to have a fireplace or bonfire in a setting where it would normally not be permitted or possible. This could be in a kids castle or in an apartment in the city.
I made the bonfire because i personally have been craving a fireplace in my apartment in Denmark. It gets very cold and dark in Denmark during winter. However, fireplaces are not legal in many parts of the city due to its polluting downside. I therefore imagine using the bonfire as a replacement.

Here are the context photos:

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PillowFlash

This project consists on a pillow that lights up in the dark but turns on when you place your head on the pillow. The sensor works on preassure and it has to be set to turn off when their is preassure and more conductive fiber connections and set to turn on when there is less preassure and less fiber connections. On step 1 I got the lights to turn on but not really to control them and the sensor doesn’t really work. Here is trial 1. Ill keep adding my posts as progress is achieved.

 


Update! It works!

 

 

😃😃😃 did it!