For my final fabrication project I finished the superhero cape. For the enclosure assignment, I made a small prototype of a cape with an enclosure.  That helped me understand a lot about the fabric I am using, which is stretchy and shiny. I know that the best way to sew is on the inside of the fabric and how fast I should go on the sewing machine.

Not only would the fabrication of this project be difficult, but creating a strong circuit as well. Thankfully by taking fabrications, I am much more confident in creating things.

The first task was to create the circuit with LEDs. I ordered 10mm white LEDs from Adafruit, and conductive velcro (yes, conductive velcro). To ensure that I would set up my circuit correctly, I went to Kate to ask her for her help. She drew out what my circuit should look like which was super helpful when I needed a reference.

I then went to soldering all of the LEDs together. After getting one string with a 3V coin battery. I decided to rev up the power and use a 9V battery, in order to add more LEDs. I added a 220 ohm resistor that I solder to the wire coming from the positive side of the battery up to one of the pieces of velcro.

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After soldering I test with alligator clips and the lights turned on! I was so excited, as I often don’t feel very strong about my pcomp skills.

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Then I needed to connect the circuit together using longer pieces of stranded wire. This is protected by the two layers of fabric.

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For the straps, I sewed the conductive velcro to the conductive ribbon.


I then made a pouch for the battery to go in, so it wouldn’t fall inside of the cape.


This is the prototype before I connected the 10mm LEDs together using stranded wire. As evident in the photo, the LEDs are much smaller and harder to see which is why I bought the large LEDs to see even on the shiny material.

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Here is the cape on and off with the large LEDs. This is before the battery enclosure was made and I am completed this circuit by using alligator clips.

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