Adafruit Daily

Wearables/Cosplay

2020

September

Eye not customize?

Sparkle nails

Start with too much

A wand’s humble beginnings

DIY mirror film

August

Make a convincing eye

Cellophane for crystals

Microphone protection

Everything in its place

July

Battery wars

Stop the itch

EVA foam to wood

Look beyond buttons

Marker, meet flower

June

When wrecking acrylic is for the best

Fit twice, assemble once

LED strands go the extra mile

Grocery store assist

May

Flip UV on its head

Hot glue magic

Hold that crazy eye

Add the gloss

April

Less LED, more rhinestone

Tilt for a reaction

High visibility with a little glow

Love that layout

Hobby knife on hand

March

Augmented reality IRL

Plan for you

It’s all in the key

Over the overspray

February

Hand puppet glow up

Cheap wigs FTW

Make a list of everything you want

No sew pockets!

January

Puff paint > glue?

An unexpected diffusion

How to twist light

Foiling texture

Choose alignment

2019

December

Fiber optic grooming

Painting armor with fabric

Shake it off

Playtime reference

November

Staying spiky

Pre-written code permission

Form a flame

Epoxy and foam, BFFs

October

ID inventory

No cure for time

It’s not a deal breaker

Lacy wires

Puffy paint plus

September

Spandex separates

Raid the kitchen

Stitch marks

Fishing for a connection

August

A PVC scroll

Block the light

When you need support

No loose ends… or wires

July

A Gundam enthusiastic attitude

Take an icy bath

Swatch it up

Turn up the volume

Bubbling liquids

June

Get it all cut

Insta-teeth

Sight line savvy

What’s on the outside

May

Electronics need space sometimes

Brace for fabric

Authentic shell business

The heated enemy

Prime time for a refresher

April

Look deep into cabochon eyes

The final environment

Don’t fix what isn’t broken

Tweezing tool importance

March

Salt and diffuse

Pause before assembly

Stock your shop

Think about the squish

February

Needle, thread, and foam

Liquid magic

Hot glue undo

Set, flash, repeat

January

Modification du jour

Not the charge, the transfer

5 meter fun

A glowing start point

Don’t let it fray

2018

December

Photograph considerations

Add a layer of protection

Make your mark

Filament filled?

November

Solder-less magic

Make a firefly effect

Emphasize the light

The press of a button

October

Resist warmth

Pocket advantage

Cleaning is key

Zip it up

Leave space to plug in

September

Don’t start from scratch

Light as a Worbla feather

Battery wash cycle

Black light glow

August

Skin safe sticking

Frankenlace

Molding with glue

Tape, meet 3D printing

Ride with cosplay opportunity

July

Start with a strand

Switch the advantage

A bevel illusion

Check it off a list

June

Body light

Plastic gem know-how

Victorian Arduino pizzazz

From flower petals to top

May

Painting plastic hair

Ice, ice baby

Try maximum twinkling

Diagram delight

Go to the library

April

Making muscles

Don’t be wooden

Level up your wig FX

Rivets hinge on this

March

Household resources

From mat to hat

Learn about stretch

Keeping it sealed

February

Go vector

Mystical elements

Glue for the occasion

Test preparation

January

Make a magic blast

Cel shading rules

Keep power minimal

A haunting effect

Eye of many colors

2017

December

Environment creation

Comfortable scales

Toy with inspiration

Simulate tattoos

November

Check for sources

Don’t shy away from intricacy

Get concrete solutions

Cosplay photos 101

Finger painting memories

Color considerations

October

Go all in

Hand beading mimicry

Special servo movement

Binding time

September

Fabric as a feather

Start with a sketch

ABS ABC

Cut carefully

Upholstery ties

Plastic can dye

August

Tricky light placement

Don’t underestimate alkaline

Zig then zag

Dressing up a dress

Go fish for wigs

Combine the fancy with the plain

NeoPixel support group

Putty in your hands

Design with IFTTT

Perform operation

Skin adherence

Brightness know-how

Template commitment

Template commitment

Flip the norm

Digital mannequin

Surface shine and prep

Keep in shape

Pigmentation safety

Resist temptation

Stay transparent

Nailed it

Painting hair

July

Fail gracefully

Is there a spoon?

Looking older

Stay put, paint!

Tidy wires are happy wires

Leverage long exposure

Not a loophole

Make it snow

Is it armor or fabric?

Add some depth

Find the extraordinary

Make an outline

Motion reaction

It hinges on this

Embrace modification

Count the run time

Foam expertise

Keep the scraps

A light reflection

Don’t skip the cracks

June

Fiber optic infusion

Spreading light

Avoid burnout

Etching a stencil

Brushing it clean

Snap a picture

Hot glue free zone

Make metallic magic

Draw it on

Make yourself invisible

Gloves on!

Birds of a feather

To sandwich or not?

Cyclops consideration

The power of tape

Work remote magic

Most pixel for the power

Start below the surface

Length matters

Close the gaps

Nick and Dent

May

Creative scanning

Emboss effect

Gold glow

Faking wood

Glitter big

Spooky liquids

A soft glow

Spray on weather

Cosplay > yoga

Paint without limits

Socket strength

It’s all in the sauce

Make a note

Prevent a rattle

Sew a bun

Fire pit to shield

Towels and tape

Strand by strand

No slouching

Mossy additions

Control consideration

April

Tape tactics

FOSSHAPE familiarity

Go magnetic

Chalk it up

Glue thoughts

Go with silicone

Keep joints in place

Fabric + LEDs = fun

Stencil material

Tidy wires are happy wires

It’s riveting

Go cartoony

Tinker, try, do it

Transparency save

Add some flash in a dash

Pipe cleaner value

Cast an LED spell

Minimize blackouts

Build the framework

Carving effects

March

Clamp assist

Sound and fury

Circuit star

Foam feathers

Wood paint

Impatience reward

Conduct with care

Tin efficiently

Do a dry fit

Potion effects

Let the fog roll in

Shine on

Keep it accessible

Puff it up

Hardware-ing armor

Save a cuppa tea

Faux stained glass

Seal that foam

Beach balls and balloon

Thrifty beading

Solder on the go

Use every inch

Fiery effects

February

Magical hair

All-in-one

Velcro dread

Weather the storm

Last minute glow

Test along the way

Scale it down

Battery save

Micromanage microcontrollers

Practical considerations

Score knowledge goals

Stick to texture

Morphin’ time

Yank and test

TV lightbox

Stuffed animal supplies

Bite into this

Upcycle for details

Fabric flexibility

Lights maximize minimalist looks

January

Zip tie assist

Hair roller modification

Spin a yarn

Maximum airflow

Make it real

Break the bond

Award winning shield

Vintage cosplay resources

Furry face

Don’t be a dummy

Wig height

Foot form

Draw it out

Bin it up

Use what you have

Symmetry speaks

Look to the floor

Spread the light

Experiment with dye

Hit the ground running

We can see through you

2016

December

Foil shine

Shelf liner for cosplay

Compare and contrast

Get inspired by fan art

Tape organization

Comfort is key

Create a strong bond

Put LED strips in their place

Sticking to silicone

Fabric just for you

No sweat allowed

Stamp it down

Push this button

Swim with the fish

Birds of a faux feather

From sign to helmet

Pins lead the way

Let it rain

What charge do you need?

Glue forgiveness

Don’t forget a coat

Let’s get rugged

November

Add some flexibility

Sculpting on a budget

Fake the sweat and tears

What’s your tolerance?

Go retro with pixels

Quick and easy arm cast

Be silly

$2 goes a long way

Take it slow

Get in prime shape

Fabric and light matches

Dots of light

Maquette moves

Fake scar know-how

Try the unlikely

Make shoes warrior boots

Level it up

Two in one

Flex that foam

Patience is the key

Keeping LEDs flexible

Have extra heads on hand

October

Dripping effects

Make a pouch

Ask the right questions

Ace accessorizing

Free movement

Glow, gemstone, glow

The binding element

Defeat UV discoloration

It’s okay to be scaly

Leave yourself a note

Treat yoself with hobby knives

Positive reinforcement

Templates are king

Build a LED flashlight

Make an adhesive bag

Multitasking bonus

It all depends on the string

Clean it up

Carve out time for inspiration

Back to basics

When not to hot glue

September

Glow with fur

Bringing cosplay to life

Cut it to fit

App know how

Make that prop functional

Take flight with shiny wings

Airbrushing to the rescue

Crafting vertebrae

Use all the resources

Headfirst measurements

It’s what’s inside that counts

Say it with a hat

Get hammered with foam

Scour the sales

Flex and test

Glitter glue to the rescue

Check that paint

Undergarment rules

Colorful consideration

LED care

Darkness for lightness

August

Eraser to arrow

Cool down

From floor to sword

Tape it down

Interfacing comfort

Weft that wig

Foam to leather

Starting with a paper doll

Go for a swim

Create an illusion

Location, location!

A perfect circle

Cleaning is key

Re-purpose Pepakura

Recycle and repurpose

Magic inside the Magic Band

Let it fall to pieces

Cast a spell with UV ink

Liquid latex makes it stick

All about the texture

Go metallic

Leather transformation

Back to basics

July

The ultimate glue selection

This won’t tie your stomach in knots

Practice patience

Diffuse the glow

Use your resources

Gluing gloves

Sports supplies

A special LED cosplay recipe

The gauntlet has been thrown

Learn a new trick

Consider the weight

Show your true colors

Pick a new skill

Spring (or whenever) cleaning

Fabric or metal?

Save the scraps

From upholstery to cosplay

Bring out the details

DIY dress form

Tinted lenses from folders

Weathering made easy

June

Don’t sweat it

Get the resin right

Toss it back

Get sparkling locks

Go all out

Playing dress up

Batteries out!

Polished presentation

Fill the gaps

Use a light touch

Capture sounds

You’re a gem

Light your flight

The floor up

Bow ties are cool from the get go

Measure at least twice

Follow the sound of our voice

Birds of a faux feather

Use a circuitry roadmap

Document all the things!

Damage before paint

Use what’s there

May

Put a bow on it

The needle for the job

Stiff upper lip

Shower curtain sequins

Vinegar meets rust

Freezer paper magic

Resistance is futile

Whip it

Make an extra arm

Toying around

Strain relief is serious business

A little LED goes a long way

Love your brushes

Shape matters

Style trials

The opposite of letting your hair down

Makeup + GEMMA = magic

Treat Yo Self

Let me see that fancy footwear

Painting pants

Cereal box to cosplay

Keep it simple

April

With aging comes beauty

It’s not cheating

Faith, trust, and LEDs

Mark it up

Maintain the hair

Take baby steps

Remember the insides

Don’t be scared to tear

Fire and ice

Use this material for everything

From cosplay to everyday

Custom fabric with lino

Look for places to hide

Full ruffle coverage

Velcro and clips save the day

It’s in the eyes

Smoothing Worbla

Put it in a bag

Embroider with puff paint

Use the kitchen sink!

Mini cosplay repair kit

March

Keep your eyes peeled

Only use as much sensor as you need

The magic sewing supply you didn’t know existed

Practice this healthy work habit every day

Proper planning promotes positive results

Muscle-activated everything

You down with IoT?

Organization = happiness

Diffusion is everything!

How much power do they REALLY use?

Touch-sensitive circuits

Costume triggers and switches

The value of exploration

Don’t bite off more than you can chew

Fiber Optic Wearables

The miracle of magnets

The value of a prototype

Which sewable microcontroller do I use?

Documentation Station

Tear it down!

3D printed battery pockets

Match your wire color to your shoes

Laundry day!

February

Braids aren’t just for hair anymore

Tiny, Fabulous OLEDs

Stay Sharp!

Another great glue

Two needles are (sometimes) better than one

Control your wearables with your phone and bluetooth

Up your selfie game with this DIY roll-up photo light

OLED vs TFT: tradeoffs!

Bluefruit + Trinket = maxed-out awesome

Feather in your cap (to hide the electronics)

No-brainer method for putting LEDs in costumes

Enclosures help fight body humidity in costumes

Add Audio FX to any wearables project

3D Print Authentic Cosplay Greebles

A Dashboard above the rest

Stabilize your Project

Lithium Batteries: a soft touch goes a long way

Testing your Circuit

Tool of the day: the toothpick!

Customize your Adafruit IO Dashboard

Get Sequin Savvy

January

Securing your battery the right way

How waterproof are my Firewalker LED sneakers?

The right way to use E6000 with sequins

Choosing the right soldering iron

Coin Cell Batteries: the good, the bad, the gemma

Wiring for 3X AAA Battery Holder

Color Code for Sanity’s Sake

Waterproof your Tactile Switch

Don’t chalk it up to chance

Sewing with EL Wire

Soldering on a Neopixel Ring

When stacking PCBs…

Assemble to Disassemble

Creating your own Neopixel Strip

Put your extra hair elastic to good use

Double time with Pattern Pieces

Choosing Between LiPoly and Alkaline

Want to diffuse your leds?

Third hand tool hack

Wiring for USB Power

Why we love Rosin Core

2015

December

Washing your Ampli-Tie

Worried about oxidation? We’ve got you covered

Securing your Gemma

Here’s a snippet of soldering safety

We’ve got an easy way to add light to your next project

And now a word on laser ettiquette

In the beginning, start small!

Our little secret to weather-proofing your projects

NinjaFlex is your new favorite material

Incorporate sound into your project with these Adafruit products

Hide batteries in unexpected places

The spiraling way to adapt traditional components for sewing

Here’s how to use your conductive fabric as a switch

We’ve got the low down on oxidation

Inside the Moto360 smart watch

Trigger me this

Worried about catching too many rays? Read on!

Solder smarter, solder better

Soft battery holders are for friends

Never pocket or purse dial again!

LEDs are polar

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… Code

Tinning is winning

November

This one’s for all the Cosplayers out there

Sample code is your new best friend

Need a lot of power for your project? Read on!

When it comes to wiring your neopixels, direction matters!

Thinking of involving your pet in your next wearables project?

Take your manicure to the next level with NFC

A few tips on selecting the right microcontroller for your project

Never underestimate the power of the sticker

We’ve got the low down on soft slide adjustments

Show your project’s true color with this sensor

This zipper hack is one of our faves

A wearables must read for pet lovers

How to attach a battery to your next wearables project

The best ways to attach solar panels to your project

Go insane with a membrane (button or keypad)

Use this to diffuse LEDs on your wearables

When it comes to stitches, size does matter

We can’t get enough of the TSL2561 luminosity sensor

Super simple data jewelry

A few reasons why we love the FLORA LSM303

Conductive yarn: our favorite wearable material for winter

October

You bet your bootloader you’ll want to check this out

What you need to to know about your FLORA and USB power

Read this before wiring up your next wearable

Think outside the box and make your own sensors

Why we love Permatex 66B

Think twice before doing this with your wearables project

Watch your step with this sensor hack!

Does your FLORA I2C pass the test?

Rare earth magnets and LED strips are a match made in wearable heaven

What your manicure has to do with successful circuits

When the sewing gets tough, the tough get…

Save time with this heat shrink hack

You gotta get up to teardown

Let’s twist again, like we did to your last jewelry jump ring

The secret to a lasting bond is… the right glue, of course!

Don’t be afraid to sparkle

It’s raining, It’s pouring, oh-my-god oh-my-god is my project doomed?!?

Embroidery is vector, cross stitch is raster

There are some limits to conductive thread

Zip it, zip it good

Conductive thread and your sewing machine

Need to wash your project? This tip’s a time saver

Use the FLORA GPS to map your journey

September

Battery placement: what you need to know

Read this before mixing wearables and water

Take control of your LED sequins

Where should I cut on my Neopixel LED strip?

The best place to secure your switch

Safety first! Bike helmets and wearables

New to sewing? Check this out

I’m sensing you’re going to want to read this sensor tip

Flex your mind, flex your circuit board

Look sharp with this quick tip!

2-ply thread vs. 3-ply thread: here’s the deal

Here’s the scoop on wiring your hoops

This 80s fave makes for a fab switch

Solderable, sewable snaps

Seal the dEaL with this project tip

This sensor is the key to color detection

Need a battery holder that’s soft to the touch? Make your own!

You bet your bootloader you’ll want to check this out

Here’s how NOT to damage your inverter

Keep track of your teeny-tiny components with this everyday object

Here’s how to charge your project wirelessly!

Air Dry > Machine Dry

Keep frays at bay with this helpful hack

You down with i2c? Yeah, you know me!

August

Let there be light-activated circuits

A clean project is a happy project

Ask not why it’s called a piezo, but ask what a piezo can do for you

FLORA vs. GEMMA: we can help you decide

Here’s one way to protect your battery wires!

More manicure tools for rugged circuits

Getting overly ambitious with EL wire

Help your GPS module get its fix

Protect yourself from a shorted battery!