LED Cape

Craft & Design


Andrew “Bruce” Lau made this amazing LED cape and wore it around Maker Faire all weekend. I caught up with him to chat about it, and he said that Leah Buechley’s LED tank top was a huge inspiration. He used her suggested technique of soldering metal beads to surface mount LEDs and stitching them in a grid using conductive thread. Controlled by a PIC microcontroller, the cape scrolls letters saying “MAKE” and “DIY as well as traveling patterns.

From the pages of CRAFT:

CRAFT: 01 – “The Electric Tank Top,” by Leah Buechley pgs 54 – 67. Digital Subscribers can read the article here.

4 thoughts on “LED Cape

  1. Cristiane Bertoluci says:

    So, I made a LED dress 3 years ago for a university project. It looked so cool on the runway.

  2. LED Cape Becky Stern says:

    Do you have photos online somewhere? I’d love to see it!

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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