I was browsing in a craft shop waiting for the teller to finish detailing the extensive curtain service pricing scheme to a customer when I picked up a plain satin hairband. I figured they were bases for making your own headpieces and fascinators, and thought I'd give it a go. At home I pulled out all my supplies, and pretty quickly decided the hairband was too rigid for what I had in mind. I grabbed some velvet ribbon, embroidery thread, few beads, a little elastic, some conductive thread, some LED sequins
, an Aniomagic Sparkle board
, and a slide switch
. (It occurs to me that I have too much stuff just lying around.)
I only wanted a quick project so I mostly followed the simple LED tutorials
, adding ten LEDs to my circuit (this board can handle up to twenty). The way you lay out the circuit is interesting. The Sparkle board is the centre piece, with a positive terminal on the top, and a negative on the bottom. You then line up the LEDs alternating terminals; so along the top of the ribbon, from the centre, the Sparkle board is +, the next LED has - top, the next +, then -, +, etc. You sew them all together in rows (i.e. a top row and a bottom row), each connected to one of the tabs on the Sparkle board.
I made an elastic battery holder for as slim a design as possible, and added a switch, because we don't want to be sparkling the whole time. I covered over the back with some satin ribbon and Bondaweb. Then it was just time to slip in the battery and turn it on.
The Sparkle board comes pre-programmed with some fairly nice random-ish patterns. Programming
the board is a bit different. It's all done through the web page, with fancy graphical controls, and photodiode uploading through the screen. I haven't quite gotten my head around the control flow, so I haven't given it a go yet.( Action shots )
In summary, I think the Aniomagic boards are particularly nice for people who want a finished piece quickly, and those who don't want to worry about the programming. Their range includes switches and sensors, as well as other boards, if you'd like a little more complexity in your project. But they do seem to be focusing on wearables with that extra touch of elegance, which makes for some nice variety.