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DIY Light Up Masks and Wearables



It's Easy - Add LEDs to any sewable item in 6 steps

Step 1: Pick Your Canvas

Any Wearable can be your canvas

Any item can be your canvas! If the item is a wearable or cloth, the LEDs are connected by sewing them together with conductive thread. If the item is not "sewable", the LEDs are connected by soldering to conductive copper tape.

For our example, we are going to create a light up Halloween Costume for the newest addition to our family.

Step 2: Plan Your Design

How many LEDs will be on your creation? What colors? AMX3d's LEDs are available in 7 colors: Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Orange, Amber and White.

For our costume, we wanted to light up the pumpkin's eyes with orange LEDs. We wanted them really bright, so we decided on a cluster of 5 LEDs for each eye. Our canvas was fabric, so we would use conductive thread and sew the LEDs. We planned the stitching and decided the best place for the power supply was on the bottom of the costume so the batteries would be easily accessible.

Step 3: Stitch the LEDs

Place the LEDs onto your canvas. They can be placed as you stitch or glued with a gluestick or hot glue gun if desired. Arrange the LEDs with all of the "+" terminals in one "path" and all of the "-" in a separate path, testing as you go.
Complete instructions for sewing and connecting are included in the starter kit or available for download.
Thread the needle with a single strand of conductive thread and knot the long end. Using the conductive thread, stitch all of the positive terminals, then stitch the negative terminals, testing your circuit as you go. Be sure the + conductive thread and the – conductive threads do not touch or cross.

We arranged the LEDs and, following the instructions, stitched the "+", then the "-" terminals. Our "+" and "-" threads did not cross, If they had we would have made sure one was on top of the fabric and the other below. We then stitched the thread to the bottom of the costume.

Step 4: Connect the Power Bridge

Determine the best location for the Power Bridge. Sewing from the nearest LED, connect the “+” terminal to the “+” terminal of the Power Bridge and from the “-“ terminal of any LED to the “-“ terminal of the Power Bridge ensuring the wires do not cross.

We placed the Power Bridge at the bottom of the back of the costume.

Step 5: Insulate Exposed Conductive Thread

Cover the exposed conductive thread with an insulator. This is done for comfort and to protect the wires from loosening and crossing.

Insulation is for comfort and to protect the wires from loosening and crossing.

Step 6: Plug in the Power Supply

We used the included "Hook and Loop" fasteners to attach our power supply next to the Power Bridge.

What a Festive Costume!



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Check out AMX3d's How-To Videos

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