12/23/2018 at 17:35 •
I also wanted to light-up the tulle layers on the skirt with static lights. Because sometimes I may want to turn off the heart-rate-monitored LEDs so they don't constantly flash people but do want to keep some parts of the dress lit up.
For this, I used conductive tapes stuck on tulles and connected the tapes with the LEDs using conductive threads. This makes really nice soft circuits as the tapes are flexible and sticking them is much faster than sewing conductive threads.
I sewed the entire piece in between many layers of tulles to create a diffusion.
Finally, the beautiful flower decorations and the zipper!
12/23/2018 at 17:23 •
12/23/2018 at 17:12 •
Now that the circuit test is working, I need to sew it up using conductive threads. But I needed to determine where to place the components before sewing them.
All the components will be sandwiched between the painting and the tulle layers, so there won't be components showing. This means there's another interfacing layer needed where the components will be sewn on. How to know where to place the components on the interfacing layer?
I taped the LEDs onto where I want them to be on based on the graphics. Then I mark the locations on a piece of paper.
I use a tulle as the interfacing layer. Since it's transparent, I can sew the LEDs on it with the paper together, therefore achieving transfer of the locations on the interfacing layer.
Sewing on tulle against a piece of paper is also a technique I used for the Twinkle Nail project. As tulles are very flimsy, the paper helps create rigidity. Peeling off the paper afterwards give a very nice flexible circuit.
Because tulles are porous (and the base layer is also made of tulle), the conductive thread may touch my skin. This may short the circuit. So I added another fabric to isolate the circuit from my skin.
Now, you can insert the soft circuit in between the painting and base layers.
12/23/2018 at 16:54 •
I wanted to use a pulse sensor that is small so I can attach it to my earlobe as an earring. But the reading was not stable and the pulse shape doesn't make sense.
So I changed to an analog ECG heart-rate monitor and it worked beautifully.
You have to attach the electros to three points on your body.
I used the same code from the pulse sensor and adjusted the target rate according to the output EKG displayed on the serial plotter.
Note, I used the Arduino Nano board on CrazyCircuits. It needs the Old ATmega328P Bootloader.
12/23/2018 at 16:32 •
I always test how thinks would look before construction. The LEDs should shine through the fabric. This is not the actual placement. I just needed to see how bright they show up.
12/23/2018 at 16:15 •
There's a lot of manual work.
12/23/2018 at 16:05 •
I painted my favorite flowers that are outside our apartment complex and printed it onto Minki fabric. The fabric is very smooth and soft. I wanted to make it into a dress based on the painting.
The first step is to make a base layer. I made a halter dress using tulle cut out of a pattern.
I love tulle and ribbons, especially when they are transparent.